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Top 5 Best Spider Traps (**2020 Review**)

Are you looking for spider traps? Well then, you've come to the right place.

In this Pest Strategies product review you can expect to learn:

  • What kind of traps are available for spiders?
  • What's The best way to use them
  • What kind of results to expect
  • Why only certain types of traps work
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Let's get into this guide!

Our Overall #1 Rated Pick

(updated as of 8/21/2019)

  • Easy to use
  • Work very well
  • Excellent track record
  • Lots of them in the box

Of all the spider glue traps we researched and reviewed, our top pick goes to Trapper Monitor and Insect Glue Trap.

Why?

For starters, we like these because they work.  They've been around for a long time, with an excellent track record in all kinds of environment.

​Each comes with 30 boards or 90 traps and are inexpensive to boot. Most pest control professionals have at least one or two boxes of these in their service trucks.

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​Spider Traps We Reviewed

Short on time or just want a quick answer?

Check out our list below for a brief summary of our results. Keep on reading to learn more about the nitty-gritty of spider traps in 2020.

  1. Trapper Monitor and Insect Glue Trap (a well-known product with a great track record) 
  2. Terro 3200 Spider Traps (a similar product by a different company)
  3. CatchMaster 724 Spider and Insect Glue Trap (an interesting baited innovation)
  4. Victor Hobo Spider Trap
  5. RESCUE! Non-Toxic Spider Trap

​What Kind of Spider Traps are Available?

Short answer: there's only one kind.

Imagine trying to build a snap trap for something as small and lightweight as a spider.  The pieces would be so small they'd probably break the first time you set one of them up.  

Some spiders are barely as big as the tip of your finger, so I'm not even sure how you could set a trap that small.  Furthermore, spiders come in such a wide variety of sizes you could never be sure of getting the right size  for a trap.

Also, consider how lightweight spiders are.  Large spiders can sometimes weigh as much as 100 grams, for a grand total of 3 ounces.  

The average deck of playing cards weighs just over 3 ounces, but most spiders are much lighter than that, less than 1 ounce.  By way of comparison, a single slice of whole wheat bread weighs about an ounce.  And remember, most spiders are smaller and lighter than that!

This is why the only kind of traps available for spiders are glue traps, also known as glue boards or sticky boards.  Their tiny size and ultralight weight make anything else a non-starter.

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How do you Use Spider Glue Boards?

​Location is the key to success as far as glue boards are concerned.  You need to put them in the spider's path where they normally travel.  

If you don't know where that is, it's alright.  Glue boards are usually inexpensive enough that you can afford to put a few of them around in random spots, to begin with.

Key areas inside the house for glue board placement are dark, quiet areas.

Spiders are predators, so they lurk and hide, waiting for their prey to come to them.  A common trait among predators, they like to do their lurking and hiding in the dark.

After the glue boards or traps (the terms are interchangeable in this context) have been out for a day or two, go back and examine them.

The traps that are empty, or only have one or two spiders on them, are in the wrong place.  The traps that have several spiders, or more!, are the ones that are in their normal pathway.  This is where you need to concentrate your efforts.

Once you've determined their regularly traveled pathways, place glue boards along that route, spaced out several feet apart.  Some glue boards have a Post-it Note-type sticky glue on the back of them so you can stick them on a wall or baseboard.  

Feel free to place them like that.  Spiders frequently travel along walls – so you should have some glue boards out where they will encounter them.

Read more: Click here to know how much spider exterminators cost.

Are there Any Electrical Traps for Spiders?

Unfortunately, there's none!

There are electrical bug zappers for flying insects of course, and any spider dumb enough to wander into one of them will be killed just like flies and mosquitoes are, but there aren't any electrical traps specifically designed for spiders.

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What Should You Expect When Using Spider Glue Traps?

Once you've positioned them correctly, you'll see spiders being caught on a fairly regular basis.  

Since spiders are predators, they're often attracted by the distress signals given off by trapped insects and other spiders.  Instead of avoiding the traps they'll come right into them.

Because the trap is physical rather than chemical, there's no way for them to develop an aversion to it the way insects do with baits. Therefore the results should be very consistent over any period of weeks.

The following video will show you more about using spider traps.

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​Spider Traps We Reviewed

To briefly recap, here are the five spider glue traps we looked at.  

Our #1 pick goes to Trapper, but the others on the list are worth your time to look over as well.  The Terro traps are a great variation for the Trapper glue boards, and a close second.

One warning though; keep your fingers off the glue on these boards!

  • Easy to use
  • Work very well
  • Excellent track record
  • Lots of them in the box

This is a long strip of cardboard with a strong glue on one side.  There are three strips per “sheet” of glue traps.  

The glue side has a plastic film over it.  Separate the glue boards from each other then pull the film off the glue side when you're ready to use it.

Fold it into a triangle shape using the pre-made creases and the tab inserts, then place it along pre-recognized spider pathways.

There are ninety in a box so don't be stingy.  Use as many as you like.  The cardboard is just cardboard though, so keep them out of water – they'll get soggy and useless.

There isn't any insecticide or attractants on these glue boards.  We've used thousands of Trapper glue boards over the years and never needed anything on them other than the glue.  

Spiders wander all over the place and to them, these sticky boards are just another obstacle for them to crawl through or over.

If you touch the glue side with your fingers you haven't ruined the board. Rather, it will give you a messy lesson as why it's important to keep in mind to avoid the glued side.  

The glue is very strong and very sticky.  Any spider that touches it is stuck no matter what it does.  Test it one time and you'll be a believer.

Pros

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    ​Easy to use
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    ​Works very well
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    ​Excellent track record
  • ​Lots of them in the box

Cons

  • ​Glue can get very sticky to your hands
  • Keep them away from water
  • ​Chemical free and safe to use
  • ​Traps and kills various insects
  • ​Easy to use

Terro spider traps, or glue boards, are essentially the same as the Trapper ones.  The design is a little bit different though. The glue smells different, but they're basically the same thing and you use them the same way.

I'm a little frustrated when I hear people complaining about how glue boards (from any manufacturer) don't work or don't catch anything.  

Yes, they do.  But correct placement is the key.  

If you're having trouble catching anything in your traps, go back up and re-​evaluate your strategy especially in determining the key places to place the boards/strips.

Terro did change the fold pattern on their traps for some reason.  The new design is a bit awkward, but once you get used to it there won't be any problems. 

We're also not fond of it because there are only 16 traps in the box.  Sticky boards are cheap to manufacture.  They should ship them by the gross (144).

Pros

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    ​Fairly easy to use
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    ​They work quite well

Cons

  • ​Only 16 traps in each box
  • New pattern takes some getting used to
  • ​Non-toxi; safe to use around pets and children
  • ​Pre-baited
  • ​Mouse-friendly

Baited glue boards for spiders are an interesting innovation.  

Depending on the spider in question, they might work fairly well.  That certainly seems to be the case with brown recluse spiders.

Brown recluses get their name from their appearance (they're brown) and their habits (they're very reclusive and like to hide) which makes killing them with standard insecticides a real problem.  

A “ranch” in our area for troubled youth had several houses and one of them was eaten up with brown recluses.  Three of us from our pest control company made over a dozen trips out there between us before we finally got them under control.

It was a huge headache, so a baited glue board that draws them out of hiding is a nice idea.  We wish we had these before when we were facing that problem.  

As of right now, the jury is still out on how well they work but we're willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.  It's too bad they come in such small quantities though.

There is, however, the question of bait aversion developing.  Bait aversion develops when a small percentage of a given insect population has an inherent, natural genetic aversion to the bait being used.  

They become the ones most likely to survive and pass on their genes to their progeny, including their bait aversion. Eventually, the population will be composed primarily of bait averse individuals and the bait will no longer work.

Pros

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    ​Easy to fold and position
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    ​Baited glue boards are an interesting innovation

Cons

  • ​Only three in a box
  • Limited track record
  • Possible bait aversion developing
  • ​Pre-baited
  • ​Lock tab tent
  • ​24 traps total

​Here's another brand of the baited spider glue boards, again aimed for the most part at brown recluses, and some black widows.  

There's more of them in the box than the CatchMaster traps but they're more expensive too, so it's a bit of a wash.  Once again, there is also the problem of bait aversion developing.

Like most glue boards, these can be laid out flat or folded into the familiar triangle shape.  Place them around the house where you've seen the most spiders then sit back and watch the show.

One problem has become apparent with this trap though – the smell of the bait is strong enough to attract mice and rats as well as spiders.  

If one of them gets caught in the trap, that's good because it's one less mouse or rat to worry about. The disappointing part though is that you've used a rather expensive glue trap to kill something other than a brown recluse or black widow.

The bait needs to be dialed back a notch or two to stop attracting mammals.

Pros

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    ​Easy to use
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    ​More traps in the box
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    ​Appears to work fairly well

Cons

  • ​Attracts rats and mice too
  • ​More expensive than most traps
  • ​Possible bait aversion developing
  • ​Can catch a wide variety of spiders
  • ​Narrow design for narrow spaces

These have a brown plastic shell on them instead of cardboard like the rest of the glue traps we reviewed.  The dimensions are 2.3" x 2.6" x 10.5" and double-sided so it can be flipped over once the bottom is full of spiders.

One rather innovative design feature is that instead of a continuous layer of glue, it has hundreds of dots of glue along the top and bottom.

This allows spiders to walk into the trap without always getting stuck at the edges.  This also lets more spiders (and other insects) to make it inside the trap as well.

In theory, it would also let some spiders escape by being able to walk through or around the dots like what Indiana Jones did in the Raiders of the Lost Ark golden idol scene. 

The double-sided feature helps make up for the relatively high cost of these glue traps, and the tighter enclosed area creates a darkened space that is attractive to spiders like the brown recluse.  

More plastic to throw away and/or recycle isn't much fun though.  Thick cardboard would work just as well and would be better for the environment.

Pros

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    ​Very easy to use
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    ​Very innovative physical design
  • Can ​double the number of spiders caught by flipping it

Cons

  • ​More plastic to recycle
  • ​More expensive than most glue traps

Our Top Pick: ​​Trapper Monitor and Insect Glue Trap

There are a lot of spider glue traps on the market today and some of them are quite inventive.

We like giving new products a test run to see how they stack up, and some of them did quite well.

Overall, our pick goes to the Trapper Max Glue Traps.

This is a tried and true glue board that has withstood the test of time.  It's been used – successfully – all across the United States, and around the world, for years.

A close second was the Terro 3200 Spider Traps because they're so close to the winning design and functionality of the Trapper glue boards.  

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Terro has imitated the best.

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