Getting rid of spider webs in places that are hard to reach, such as ceilings, is easy to do if you have the right tools. This article aims to provide you with some helpful tips for removing spider webs that have been created in high or otherwise difficult-to-reach locations.

Before beginning any spider web removal, you should attempt to determine the type of spider with which you're dealing. If possible, ascertain its basic characteristics. At the very least, determine whether it's dangerous. Certain spiders, especially brown recluses and black widows, should only be dealt with by a professional or by a mature adult.

If you've determined that you're dealing with a regular, run-of-the-mill spider, you can begin the process of removing its web. Remember throughout the process that if the web is still active, that is, if there is still a spider using the web, you will have to act quickly once you begin the process of removing the web, especially if you want to remove the spider along with the web.

Vacuum Extensions

The easiest way to remove webs in difficult to reach locations is with extensions that already exist on most vacuums. If you have a detachable hose and extension attachments, make the longest hose-attachment combination possible in an attempt to reach the webs. If it's not long enough, you could have someone support you as you stand on a short step ladder or a stable chair, both of which will give you a few extra inches of height.

You should turn your vacuum on before you approach the web. If there is a spider in the web, you'll want it on before you have the opportunity to spook the spider, an action that will cause the spider to flee, making it much more difficult to catch. If the spider is still in the web, make your move toward it before you attempt to remove the web.

Once the spider is gone, you can use your vacuum to suck up any remaining web pieces. It should be easy to do if your hose-attachment combination is long enough.
Even if your vacuum doesn't have a long enough extension, you can purchase more, longer extensions from your vacuum's manufacturer (in most cases) that may be able to give you the length you need to remove those high webs.


Some manufacturers create dusters with especially long handles, which are intended to dust the tops of very high ceiling fans. They work, too, at removing hard-to-reach spider webs. Simply extend the duster to its greatest height and sweep it along your wall and ceiling to gather up the pieces of the spider web. The web should stick to the duster, so vigorous actions should not be necessary.

Pressure Washing

If the hard-to-reach webs are located outside your home, you could use a pressure washer, or a powerful hose attachment, to remove the webs. These washers are typically used to remove thick dirt and grime from exterior surfaces, including houses. The water that a pressure washer sprays moves with enough force to dislodge and remove even the most stubborn spider webs.

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Author's Bio: 

Graeme Stephens has been running the largest owned carpet cleaning company
in new Zealand for 24 years. IICRC qualified "master restoration technician"