How to Solve Your Itsy Bitsy Cobweb Problem

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How to Solve Your Itsy Bitsy Cobweb Problem

Cobwebs can be cool to look at, from a distance. If you’re like us though, you’re not as much of a fan when they’re up close and hanging around your house. Not only are they an obvious sign of spiders, they also mean dust accumulating in the corners of your home.

On top of the spiders and dust accumulation, cobwebs aren’t really great home decor outside of the Halloween season. So what’s the best way to get rid of those unsightly dust collectors for good? Here’s our how-to guide for removing and preventing cobwebs around your house.

Cobwebs vs Spiderwebs?

Cobwebs and spiderwebs, are they the same? The answer is, kind of. Spiderwebs are the silk creations made by spiders to trap bugs, we’ve all learned that much. Cobwebs are spiderwebs, but they’re vacant of spiders and full of dust.

Basically, cobwebs are what is left when the spider moves on and dust particles settle on the sticky silk. If you see more spiderwebs than cobwebs around your home, you’re likely dealing with less of a dust problem and more of a spider problem so be careful when removing their homes.

How to Remove Cobwebs

Removing cobwebs can actually be incredibly easy, especially when you have the right household items and cleaning equipment. There are a few ways to remove cobwebs around the house using various tools. When you’re removing cobwebs, remember to use caution when reaching for and cleaning the higher corners in your home. Here are our suggestions:


vacuum cleaner

The quickest and easiest way to snag those cobwebs is using your trusty vacuum cleaner. The hose tool and an extendable attachment is most professionals’ go-to for removing dusty build-up from hard to reach corners. Make sure your vacuum is placed in a secure position when you use the hose so that your device doesn’t get damaged.

Lint Roller

Lint Roller

If there’s some stray cobwebs around the house that are within a easy reach, you can use a lint roller to remove them. Yeah, a plain lint roller does the job and does it well. Just make sure that if you’re going to use one to remove cobwebs you can do so safely and, again, within an easy reach.

Extendable Duster

Extendable Duster

If you have a dusting tool that can extend and reach for higher surfaces like the ceiling and light fixtures, these can be great tools for removing cobwebs. Fabric or synthetic dusters work the best for this job however, so if you only have a feather duster available, you may want to try a different removal method first.


Wooden toothbrush

For those nooks and crannies around the house like vents and window blinds, you can grab an old toothbrush. Make sure you’re careful not to drop the brush in a hard to reach area, but be thorough when cleaning. Cobwebs can be found pretty mush anywhere around the house so make sure to check around the lower corners when you’re checking for them.

How to Keep Cobwebs Under Control

Now that you know the best ways to remove the cobwebs from around the house, let’s talk about how to keep them at bay. Here are our best suggestions for keeping cobwebs, or spiderwebs, under control in your home:

  • The most tried and true way to make sure cobwebs have no place in your home is with regular cleaning and dusting. When the dust is minimized, the cobwebs will be too.
  • Make sure all your windows and doors are sealed properly. If there is a chance for a spider to find its way into your home, you’ll likely wind up with cobwebs in the near future.
  • Certain essential oils are actually pretty effective as spider and spiderweb repellant. The most effective oil you can use to prevent spiders is peppermint oil. You can add some drops of this to some water in a spray bottle to create a natural and potent repellant spray.
  • If you have houseplants, make sure you give them a good dusting and some TLC. Spiders can easily hide in and around potted plants so give your little green babies some love and check for spiders while you’re at it.


Cobwebs in Corner

Why do I see cobwebs but no spiders?

When spiders die or leave their web for a new area, their old web collects dust particles from the air to create a thicker surface called a cobweb. Basically, cobwebs are abandoned spiderwebs.

Why do I keep getting cobwebs in my house?

If you’ve been frequently finding cobwebs around your home, you likely have a combination of spider and dust problems. This can be resolved with regular cleaning schedules and pest control.

Are cobwebs harmful?

Cobwebs are not harmful, if only just a sign of spiders around the home. If you see a lot of cobwebs around your home, that’s okay, but make sure your cleaning up and dusting regularly to prevent them.

Why are cobwebs a fire hazard?

Cobwebs are are considered to be one of the top electrical fire hazard risks. They are covered in dust and other particulates from the air so they can be dangerous when found around electrical outlets and fuses. Remember to check for and clean cobwebs from around the house regularly.

How often should you remove cobwebs?

You should be checking for and removing cobwebs on a weekly basis. The best way to stay on top of cobweb accumulations in your home is by keeping up with a regular cleaning and dusting schedule.

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