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Advice needed for front porch area with spiders and dead insects

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by wahoowad, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I have a small, covered front porch that is really nothing more than an entranceway. I live on a very wooded lot in a dark neighborhood so keep my porch light on all the time so the wife can come home after dark and not feel nervous approaching the dark house. I use a 7W CFC bulb since I run it 24x7. My problem is the light attracts a lot of nighttime bugs like moths and beetles which then attracts spiders. The spiders eat the insects and my porch becomes littered with dead insects. I am more concerned about the insect debris but also the spider webs and spiders themselves become unsightly.

    I periodically spray the porch area with a broad spectrum insect killer but it doesn't seem to help very much. I like keeping the porch light on as we often come home at varying hours. I do have a motion light that is activated in the driveway but still like to keep the porch light on as it really is intimidating given our dark neighborhood and location. Any ideas to keep the spiders at bay or otherwise prevent the dirty insect debris from building up??

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  2. Gary_602z

    Gary_602z Minister of Fire

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  3. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    There are sprays that will kill spiders, you spray the area they are in, no need to hit the spiders directly. Available in hardware stores, it works for me. I HATE walking into their webs!
  4. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    I installed a lamp post in my driveway 40 feet or so away and let my porch set on a motion detector = porch light goes off and driveway light stays on = spiders somewhere else but front porch.
  5. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Good idea. Is there a way you can move the light fixture to another spot to cast the ligh on the porch but not inside?
    Also, is the porch screened/enclosed? (We have a screen porch and there are little to no bugs inside)
    As much as I am going to sound like a wuss...I hate coming home at night when my wife leaves the outside light on near the door...there are always about 100 moths (some as large as morthra) and I get freaked out when they are all landing on me)
  6. MaintenanceMan

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    Find an osage orange tree. We call the fruit hedge apples around here. Spread them around the area. They repel spiders.
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    Keep em up, Halloween is just around the corner

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