Spiders can be a nuisance in and around your home. While spiders may not do as much damage to your property as some pests do, they can certainly be annoying and even dangerous. Certain spiders are venomous, and their bites can cause severe reactions. These reactions are usually most severe in children or the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems. It is no wonder many people are looking for a way to keep spiders away from their homes. There are chemicals and pesticides that can kill spiders, but these are often dangerous for your family and pets; and not environmentally-friendly.The best way to keep spiders away is to keep a clean house and use safe, natural spider repellents.
1. A clean environment
A good way to prevent spiders from getting into your home is to make sure you don’t have an environment around your house that attracts spiders. Spiders often make their homes outside in plants, piles of leaves or wood, or dark undisturbed places like old tires or buckets. Having these things right next to your house makes it more likely that a spider will wander in. Create some distance between these things and your house, to make it less likely that a spider finds a way inside.
Identifying and sealing possible entry points is also important to keep them out. This could involve sealing small holes or cracks with caulk, and make sure doors and windows close tightly without any gaps. It would make sense to clean up and use spider repellents before you seal up any cracks, to make sure any unwanted guests make their exit first!
2. Cut off their food source and shelter
Making sure that your house is clean is generally a good way to decrease the number of pests in your home. In the case of spiders, not only will a clean home provide fewer places for the spiders to hide, but it will also make it less likely that small insects will be around for the spiders to eat. Without a reliable food source, and with fewer hiding spots, it will be harder for spiders to stay.
Some web-building spiders tend to make their home high up in the corners of the ceiling. Take a look around, often these webs can be sucked up in a vacuum cleaner or at least knocked down with an extending duster.
3. A Natural Spider Repellent Spray
It’s easy to make your own all-natural spider repellent that doesn’t contain any chemicals whatsoever. All you have to do is mix water with a couple of essential oils and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle together and then apply it to any spots that you tend to find spiders, or where there are already. You can use the spray inside, but keep in mind that the oils can stain carpets, upholstery, bedding and other items, so proceed with caution.
Here’s how to make it.
– 1-quart water
– 3 drops peppermint essential oil
– 3 drops lavender essential oil
– 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Add the water to a spray bottle, followed by the oils (the best place to get the oils is Plant Therapy Essential Oils) and apple cider vinegar. Shake well to blend and then spray away, spraying inside cracks, around windows and doors, light fixtures and other places spiders tend to gather. Re-apply once a week during peak seasons.
4. Orange Peels
Spiders tend to have an adversity for citrus scents, which is why using orange peels can be a safe and effective way to keep spiders at bay. You can actually use the peels of any citrus fruit, like lemons or grapefruit, but oranges are probably the easiest.
Cut the peel off your orange (or other citrus fruit) and then cut the peel into quarter-inch chunks. Place the chunks into a pot or another container that can handle boiling water, and then pour one cup of boiling water over half of the chunks, leaving them in to soak overnight. In the morning, strain the chunks and then add a quarter-cup of witch hazel to the water. Add the mixture to a spray bottle and shake well. Smash up your remaining chunks of orange peel using a pestle to release the citrus scent and then sprinkle those in places like cabinets, under the sink and other areas where spiders frequently enter or are seen.
5. Peppermint Essential Oil
There’s a reason the repellent spray we listed first contains peppermint essential oil. Spiders hate that minty aroma, even though most of us humans enjoy it. It acts as a natural insecticide that repels spiders, and many other insects too, like mosquitoes.
You can use peppermint essential oil on its own by dabbing some onto cotton balls, and then placing the peppermint-scented cotton balls strategically around your house, as noted before, such as cabinets, under the sink, cracks and crevices, and so on. Replace the cotton balls with fresh ones once a week. Be sure to only use 100% pure peppermint essential oil.