Most people aren’t crazy about spiders, let alone having them in their home. This is especially true if you live in an area with more dangerous spiders, like the black widow spider. These spiders are quite common in the United States, and their bites can cause very painful symptoms.
Keeping these spiders out of your home, will make it safer and healthier for you and your family. There are different things you can do to prevent spiders from taking up residence in your house without using potent chemicals that are often found in commercial pest control sprays. These natural spider repellent remedies are simple to use, and you can combine for maximum spider-fighting effects.
You might not like them, but spiders do have a natural place in the world, especially for killing other pests like flies and mosquitoes.
Here are some great home remedies for spiders that will keep them out of your house without using harsh chemicals.
1. Peppermint Oil
Pure peppermint oil is strong and not only do spiders absolutely hate it, but most other pests do too. The smell is extreme to small insects, which makes peppermint a excellent spider repellent that you can use to keep these creepy crawly insects out of your home. In addition it works great to repel wasps and yellow jackets too.
You can grab a plastic spray bottle and combine peppermint oil with water to make it last longer and to dilute the oil a bit, so it does not irritate the skin of people or pets. Simply spray this everywhere spiders tend to go to repel them naturally.
You can also soak cotton balls with peppermint essential oil and place them strategically throughout your house, wherever you think they might be gaining access as one of the many natural ways to keep spiders away.
2. Natural Spider Spray
You can make your natural spider repellent spray and spray this in areas where spiders tend to gather, like in the bathroom and other damp areas in your home.
You should also spray it outside of your home, along windows, windowsills, and doors, so spiders do not want to enter.
To make this spray, combine the apple cider vinegar, oil, pepper, and liquid soap. Put all of these in a spray bottle and mix well. Make sure to respray everything every couple of days and after it rains.
3. Keep Things Clean
Spiders love clutter, and they like to set up shop behind boxes and other things that are just sitting there. Keeping the house clean and free of clutter is an obvious and natural remedy for spiders. Dust at least once a week and make sure to put all boxes and packages away quickly to prevent spiders from spinning a spider web. You should also remove cobwebs as they occur.
It is even more critical to clean up the exterior of your home by removing any vegetation in the yard that is close to the perimeter of your house to help create a spider free zone eliminating places for spiders and other insects to hide. Vegetation in your yard and around your home attracts spiders and are perfect places for spiders to spin their webs.
4. Use Cedar
The smell of cedar wood is something that spiders are not crazy about so adding some cedar mulch around the perimeter of your home can prevent spiders from coming in. Just make sure that you use a good quality cedar oil or cedar wood and that you maintain it.
If you don’t want to spend the money on cedar mulch, you can also use cedar essential oil mixed with water and spray the exterior of your home on a regular basis. You can also place cedar in the house to repel spiders. The smell of cedar is an excellent spider repellent and can be used throughout your home as a natural remedy.
5. Citrus Peels
Just like mint, citrus has deep acetic acid properties that spiders hate. Spiders hate the smell of anything citrus, such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits. You can find essential oils in citrus scents or save the cash and just use the leftover peels when you enjoy a piece of citrus fruit.
To rid your house of spiders, you can rub the citrus peels on doorways, window sills, baseboards, bookshelves, and more. If you are using an essential oil, mix a few drops with some water in a spray bottle and spray throughout your house. If you are using citrus peels, make sure to replace them every 24 to 48 hours to that the smell stays potent enough to chase spiders away.
Borax is most commonly used to keep ants out, but it helps to repel spiders too because it kills them if they get into it.
Just sprinkle some borax in areas where spiders are coming in and setting up spider webs.
You can also put this between your window and storm windows and along the thresholds of your doors.
Along with being an essential kitchen pantry item, vinegar is an excellent spider repellent. It works like the peppermint oil in getting rid of spiders and ants in your home. You just need to fill a spray bottle with a mixture of water and vinegar and spray the cracks in wall and crevices, windowsills, and doorways. When it is hot and humid outside, you’ll want to apply this anti-spider spray every day.
Place the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the vinegar and water mixture around doorways, window sills, and other entry points in your home. For the best results, use the spray every week.
White vinegar will also repel those insects that spiders eat, so you’ll want to spray the vinegar in areas throughout your home where scorpions, mosquitoes, and other insects tend to gather. It is essential that you combine exact parts water and vinegar and spray, stand back as the acid in the vinegar burns any spiders that are currently in your home and leaves a pungent smell that works as a natural repellent.
If you’re worried about your house smelling like vinegar with this natural remedy, don’t the pungent smell of vinegar will disappear as the solution dries.
*Originally found at Tips Bulletin