Let’s face it – no matter how brave you are, you are probably a little scared of spiders and insects, especially if you live in a house with a big yard full of trees. Spiders are present in almost any house on Earth with everyone trying to get rid of them quickly and effectively. There are many commercial products which claim to work, but they have limited potential and are also full of harmful chemicals.
So, what’s left? How do we get rid of the pests? Don’t worry, we have a list of natural repellents which we consider best for eliminating spiders in your home!
Spiders hate citrus fruits, so if you have lemon essential oil in your home, you can put a few drops in every corner of your house. Citrus fruit peels can help you as well.
Cedar is a great spider repellent – put some cedar blocks in your cupboards, closets and garden, or buy cedar hangers and forget about spiders in your closet.
3. White Vinegar
Vinegar is widely-used for keeping spiders, mosquitoes, and ants at bay. Mix vinegar and water in 1:2 ratio, and pour the liquid in a spray bottle. In this way, you will prepare a natural spider repellent spray and use it all around your home and garden.
4. Peppermint Essential Oil
You may love peppermint, but spiders hate it. Therefore, add 8 drops of peppermint oil in a little liquid dish soap, mix well, and add the solution in the water in your spray bottle. If you like stronger smell, add 8 more drops of the essential oil. Before spraying the repellent around your house, shake the bottle well.
5. Chestnuts (and other tree nuts)
It’s not certain what it is about chestnuts, walnuts and horse chestnuts that spiders don’t like but these tree nuts have been used to repel and kill spiders in the U.K. to treat a concerning spider outbreak. It’s been suggested that the scent of these nuts contain a chemical that spiders can’t tolerate. Place a few in your windowsills and let us know how well it works for you!
6. Keep it clean!
Keeping your house clean is the best way to keep spiders from calling it home. It’s certainly a bit of work to make sure floors are swept and vacuumed, but if you’re as scared of spiders as I am, it’s well worth the effort! I recommend doing a seasonal de-clutter; it doesn’t have to be spring to do a full house cleaning! You’ll be surprised by how much spider-free space you can make throwing out those old VHS tapes you’ve been holding onto.
When the inside of your house is clean, it’s time to move to the exterior. If you’ve got a lawn, make sure to rake out any lawn clippings, leaves, and sticks. If you’ve got a bit of a handy side to you, check your windowsills and doors for gaps and apply some caulking if needed. If you live in an apartment, keep your windows and balcony clutter-free and clean.