Do Spiders Die When You Vacuum Them?

Did you know that most Spiders don’t die when you suck them up with your Vacuum Cleaner? It doesn’t matter if it’s a Dyson, Hoover, or even Bagless – it’s a good chance the spider is going to live.

So what do you do?

Well, you should still suck them up. Even though it doesn’t kill them right away, it’s a good first step to take. We have some helpful tips below on what you should do next and even show you a video of someone sucking up a spider with their vacuum cleaner.

Sucking Up Spiders

Spiders can be nasty and scary at the same time, don’t you agree? Using something like your vacuum cleaner to remove them is a lot better than using your hands.

And no one wants to smack a spider on the wall because it would leave a mess!

If you ever wonder what the best vacuum is for sucking up spiders, then it would have to be the Dyson V6 Motor Head Cord-free Vacuum (Amazon Link Ad). It has a long reach and is battery powered which makes quickly reaching for those bugs super easy.

If the spider is on the ground, then use the vacuum with the beater bar (rotating brush) to suck up the spider. The force of the brush can kill the spider. This should only be done if the spider is on the floor and do not try to lift your entire vacuum against the wall. Putting the vacuum against the wall could ruin your vacuum cleaner and seriously damage your wall! Don’t do it!

Using the vacuum hose suck up the spider. Depending on how much you hate spiders leave the vacuum on for a few seconds after you have sucked up the spider. When done turn the vacuum cleaner off and stick a little bit of tissue in the intake of the vacuum hose. The tissue is to keep the spider from climbing back up, which is a rare thing to happen as it’s in shock and bunched up. But some spiders are fighters.

Here is a great video showing that a vacuum cleaner will not always kill a spider even if it’s a big spider. This video shows and talks about what we recommend you do below after you have the spider.

What To Do With The Spider?

Once you have sucked up the spider, it can live for a while in that canister. There might be critters in there that it can eat. Usually, waiting a week will kill the spider.

The right thing to do is to make sure your canister is clean before sucking up the spider. Once you have sucked up the spider, take it out back in the woods and release it.

Many researchers use vacuum cleaners or leaf blowers to collect specimens of spiders but usually, configure to be less harmful.

The Real Issue

Let’s not forget the real problem here. You have a spider problem, and you don’t want them in your home. Unless you enjoy being near spiders and sucking them up, I would recommend getting a good spider repel sprays like this one here (Amazon Link Ad). (see warning below)

Or seek out a professional bug killer to have them spray your home to keep the bugs and spiders away. There is no point in constantly vacuuming spiders up if all it takes is a spray or a call to a local exterminator.


If you don’t know for sure what type of spider you have in your home, then assume it’s poisonous. Black Widows, Red Recluse Spiders, and many others can be dangerous.

You need to avoid vacuuming up chemicals like spider sprays (or any chemicals)  as they can be flammable and will react deadly or seriously hurt you.

I must stress to use common sense when dealing with chemicals, spiders, and vacuums. If you don’t know what you’re doing, seek out a professional. Vacuuming items not meant to be vacuumed could also ruin your vacuum cleaner’s warranty too.