Have you ever wondered if the spider you just sucked up with your vacuum died, is attempting its escape through the hose, or laying eggs inside your vacuum? AHH! So, what’s the answer? Can you kill a spider by vacuuming it up? Yes. Sort of. Maybe. Whether vacuuming up a spider kills it or not depends on two things: the type of vacuum and the type of spider.
Let’s run through some scenarios:
Tiny spider: She’s toast! It’s most likely dead due to shock and trauma. Let the vacuum run for a little longer than needed just to be sure.
Giant spider: Don’t even worry about vacuuming it up; immediately run the other way. Consider asking the dog for help.
Bagged vacuum: First, it must survive the spinning brush roll. If it survived the vacuum’s brush roll or if your vacuum doesn’t have a brush roll, the son of a gun just might have made it! If the bag is full, the density of dirt, dust, and hair is likely to suffocate the spider. It’s much harder for a spider to find its way out of a bag, and after a little time, the spider will eventually die of thirst. There’s also a chance that other critters are in there that can and will eat it. This would then become more than just a spider issue…
Bagless Vacuum: The spider has a much better chance of surviving. The good thing about this is that most bagless vacuums are clear and you can see through them. Simply look around for the spider. Remember that they are in shock after being vacuumed up, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re dead. Wait for a little, and then triple-check for movement.
By the way.....
Our best bagged vacuum is the Allergy Upright. It's a sealed system with powerful suction, so you can suck up that spider and never have to see it again.