Mythbusting: Will Vacuuming A Spider Kill It?

Although spiders are not necessarily harmful, the scene can get real scary when they crawl towards you. At that moment, you may try using anything as a weapon, even a vacuum cleaner.

But will vacuuming a spider kill it?

Yes, but only in certain scenarios. When you vacuum a spider, it can escape quickly. But if you block the exit, you can kill the spider.

The next question is, how do you ensure the spider dies when you vacuum it? Well, there are multiple ways to do that. Let’s find out everything about vacuuming a spider!


Can You Vacuum Spiders?

Yes, you can vacuum spiders.

A lot of people seem to be confused about the topic. Some people say that you can get rid of spiders with a vacuum cleaner while others say it’s a myth and vacuuming a spider does not kill it.

Then what’s the truth?

Answer: They both are right!

Can spiders crawl out of a vacuum? Yes. When you turn off the vacuum cleaner after vacuuming the spider, it’s highly likely that the spider will crawl out of it.

It mostly happens when you are trying to get rid of a giant spider. But that does not mean you can not deter spiders with a vacuum cleaner. If you follow the right strategy, you can kill spiders by vacuuming.

What are the strategies? Scroll to find out.

Tips/Strategies to Kill a Spider Using a Vacuum Cleaner

You can kill a spider with a vacuum cleaner using various methods.

Some of the ways to kill a spider using a vacuum cleaner are:

  • Block the exit

First, vacuum up the spider and block the nozzle with a cloth or cap if it has any. It will prevent the spider from crawling out. Then give it some time; the spider will die out of exhaustion.

  • Roll the brush

If your vacuum has a brush, roll it for a few seconds. It will help kill the spider faster after vacuuming up.

  • Throw away the bag

In case your vacuum cleaner does not have a brush but has a bag, you can dispose of the bag after vacuuming up the spider. The spider will fail to get out. Even if it escapes, he will be outside the home and dump the can.

How Fast Will Vacuuming A Spider Kill It?

Vacuuming up a spider can kill the spider immediately. It will die out of fear and trauma. Besides, the rolling brush can hurt and kill the spider faster.

However, sometimes giant spiders can survive even after being vacuumed up. Spiders are known for surviving long in harsh conditions. Hence, they also can survive in the vacuum cleaner.

Will vacuuming a spider kill it

But how long can a spider survive in a vacuum? In general, a spider can survive from a few hours to a day after vacuuming up if there is any oxygen supply inside the bag. But if there is no oxygen, the spider will not survive long.

Is It Safe to Vacuum Up Spiders?


It is safe to vacuum up spiders and is a great way to get rid of them without touching them.

When you vacuum, its suction power puts the spider into the dustbin or the bag. Although they can eventually crawl out, if you block the nozzle, they will not be able to.

However, if you when spiders crawl out, you should avoid this method. That’s because if the spider crawls out and the cleaner is still on, it can lead to chaos and serious accidents.

Other than this minor risk, it is completely safe to vacuum up spiders to eliminate them from your house.

Is It a Good Idea to Vacuum Spiders?

First of all, it’s unnecessary to kill a spider. I also have spiders at home, and most of the time they are busy with their own business.

But when there is a heavy infestation and they make webs all over the house, it becomes essential to get rid of the spiders.

Initially, if you have a vacuum cleaner at home, you can try it to deter the spiders. It will work pretty well on tiny to medium-sized spiders. But it may not work efficiently on giant spiders.

For instance, it’s pretty tough to get rid of brown widow spiders. You may need to follow other methods to deter them.

How to release spiders safely after vacuuming them up?

If you are not scared of spiders, you may not want to eliminate them. But if you mistakenly vacuum one while cleaning the house, you may want to release it. But how?

Follow the steps below to safely release spiders after vacuuming up:

Step 1: Turn off the vacuum cleaner and unplug it from the power source.

Step 2: Take the vacuum outside and carefully open the dustbin or bag, making sure not to disturb the spiders.

Step 3: Use a soft brush or piece of cardboard to gently coax the spiders out of the vacuum and onto the ground.

Step 4: If the spiders are still clinging to the dustbin or bag, you can carefully use a pair of long-handled tweezers to gently lift them out.

Step 5: Once the spiders are safely on the ground, move away and allow them to crawl away on their own.

Can vacuuming spiders spread their eggs?

Although there is a possibility that vacuuming spiders may spread the eggs, the chance is very low. The eggs are usually attached to hard surfaces and are unlikely to get sucked up.

Some spiders also carry eggs. If you have vacuumed such a spider, then you should empty the vacuum cleaner’s dustbin or bag ASAP.

Ignoring this can lead to hatching inside the bin or bag. Hence, throw away the dust and debris with the spider egg sac outside after each use.


Can a spider escape a vacuum bag?

Yes. If the spider is large and strong enough, then it can escape a bag. But if you have blocked the exit, it won’t be able to do so.

Is it bad to vacuum spider webs?

No. Vacuum spider webs, in fact, are a good idea to deter these crawling insects. If you give them no chance to make webs around the house, they will eventually leave your home.

Does cleaning get rid of spiders?

Cleaning your house will help you to minimize spider infestation, but it will not eliminate all of them. However, it will help you to find the siders quickly, and then you can take the necessary actions to deter them. 

Can a spider get out of a Dyson vacuum?

It is less likely that a spider can get out of a Dyson vacuum. It has excellent suction power and brushes that spin up to 3500 rpm. Most spiders will die soon after vacuuming up.

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