You drive along the road and suddenly notice that there are spiders in the car. Dangling from the mirror or crawling on the dash, a car spider makes its presence known. On closer inspection, there are other bugs in the car, too. What do you do?
Stop the Car!
Removing bugs from a car is not something you do while speeding at 50 miles an hour down a highway. You hear anecdotes of folks trying to swat spiders in the car with books and newspapers but then not knowing what happened to the now irritated insect. Do not take your eyes off the road. Pull over before dealing with any types of bugs in the car.
Identify the Pest
What type of spider is calling your car its home? For example, experts from the University of Florida highlight that it is not uncommon for the brown widow spider to take up residence in cars and recreational vehicles. Southern California, Florida, Colorado, South Carolina and Texas are just a few of the states affected by this arachnid. Not as aggressive as the black widow, these spiders nevertheless can bite and inject venom. If you know the types of spiders in the car, you have a better shot at making your car inhospitable for them.
Do NOT Reach for the Bug Spray
Your car is a small enclosed space. Sure, the can of bug killer will dispatch your car spider, but it may also have some serious health effects on you or your passengers. Mechanical removal — Car Talk’s Dr. Kieran Lindsey suggests vacuuming out the vehicle — is your best bet when it comes to removing insects from a car. When you have multiple types of bugs in the car, other methods may be called for.
Trap and Eradicate
Removing bugs from a car starts by removing whatever makes your vehicle so attractive to the insects. If you are a slob with leftover fast food containers from last month still fermenting in your vehicle, do not be surprised when you encounter ants. If you keep the windows open while parked, you will have flying insects to boot. Before long, spiders in the car will then prey on these insect.
Avoid the circle of life from manifesting in your car by keeping the vehicle clean and closed up when not in use. Trap unwelcome bugs and remove them from the car. Eradicate ants with bait traps. It may take a few days for the ants to die, but you will get rid of the colony in the process.
A Last Word on Bedbugs
Although rare, MSN Autos reports that it is possible for bedbugs to take up residence in vehicles. If you suspect that some of these pests are in your vehicle, park the car in the blazing sun for a while with the windows rolled up. In the alternative, keep it outside in subfreezing temperatures.
A slightly less scientific Car Talk site suggestion is to park a car inside a freezer warehouse for a night. While this should kill all the bugs in the car, it may also wreak havoc with your ride if it is not properly winterized. Use this tip with caution.