The recent serious weather changes in the U.S have created the perfect conditions for spiders to thrive in most U.S locations. Although spiders typically reside outdoors, they can become a tremendous problem once they start to build their webs inside. Although they are completely harmless, nobody wants these nasty creatures hanging around the house.
The good news is that there are many ways to manage these annoying critters. Keep them away with these natural spider repellents:
1. Peppermint essential oil, dishwashing liquid
Mix three cups water, a tablespoon peppermint essential oil, and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle and spray. Note that this solution works as spider repellent, not a spider killer.
Cinnamon has a pleasant aroma, but spiders simply cannot stand it. Therefore, sprinkling some cinnamon around the house helps prevent them from coming inside the house.
3. Minty cotton balls
Dip a few cotton balls in mint essential oils and put them underneath or outside the home to repel spiders naturally.
According to Common Sense Homestead, keeping chestnuts on the window sills is an effective way to repel spiders.
5. Salt Water
Salt water is yet another powerful spider killer. All you have to do is to mix a gallon of warm water and an ounce of salt, and spray the solution onto spiders and their nests.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is already recognized as the modern cure-all! But, did you know that mixing part coconut oil with two parts water and spraying it around the house can also help prevent spiders from entering the house?
Spiders hate tobacco and know how to stay away from it. To create an effective spider repellent, mix tobacco with water and spray the formula on all home entry points.
8. Cedar hangers
According to Natural Living Ideas, cedar works as an effective spider repellent. You can either use cedar mulch around the house to prevent them from getting inside use cedar hangers in the closet. Alternatively, you can place cedar blocks or shavings inside cupboards, drawers, and closets.
9. Citrus peel
Spiders cannot stand citrus flavor, so rubbing citrus peel on windowsills, bookshelves, and baseboards is a good way to prevent them from getting inside. Interestingly, lemon scented cleaner/ furniture polish will do the trick, too.
10. White vinegar
Diluted vinegar has a wide range of uses around the home, and deterring spiders is one of them. The method resembles the one with peppermint oil, in which you fill a spray bottle with water and vinegar, and spray the formula on the crevices and cracks around the house.
- The simplest and cheapest way to deter spiders naturally is to keep the house tidy, neat, and free of webs and dust. To keep insects from building inside, consider regular dusting, vacuuming, and de-cluttering.
- Keeping a pet inside the house also helps repel spiders. Cats are good hunters and will not let a spider crawl on the floor or the wall.
- Keep exterior of the house free of woof piles, leaves, grass clippings and other spider hangouts.