DIY guide to 18 natural ways to keep spiders out of your home, with tips for banishing these bugs completely chemical free.
Welcome to our guide on how to keep spiders away with 18 natural spider repellant ideas.
Sure, it’s a given that everyone hates the sight of spiders in their homes, but we also hate the idea of using harmful chemicals to get rid of them.
That’s where we come in.
If you’re antsy about the idea of arachnids invading your home, but you don’t want to get your hands dirty with either toxic materials or smushy spider bodies, we’ve got a wealth of solutions for you.
Not only will these ideas help get rid of any spiders you may find indoors; they’ll help repel spiders from entering in the future. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
In this specific case though, let’s say that an ounce of natural prevention is worth a whole ton of not-having-spiders-around!
You might be wondering why many of these natural remedies work with spiders. The answer is that all spiders have taste buds on the tips of their legs. Thus, we have discovered many scents that spiders cannot stand.
When they walk across one of these naturally hated scents, the spiders are instantly turned away. This means a clean and comfortable home that’s free of everyone’s least favorite creature.
As a final note about the following solutions, remember that placement is important. Spiders tend to prefer places like basements, crawl spaces, upper corners of rooms and attics, as well as sub floor air vents. Many spiders prefer dark areas and will hide in cracks to retreat. Pay attention to these spaces when planning your defense!Original source:
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Table of Contents
1. Mint Spray
It’s a little known fact that spiders absolutely hate peppermint. Seriously! The smell is extreme to the tiny creatures, meaning that it can be used as an easy way to keep creepy pests outside the home. The best method involves filling a spray bottle with peppermint essential oil and water, then spraying it around sensitive areas like doorways, attics, and basements. The best part is that you’ll get a nice minty fresh scent to enjoy.
2. Clean Up
This might be as surprising as it is obvious, but keeping your house clean is one of the best ways to keep spiders at bay. It’s not necessarily easy, but it is a pretty straightforward job. Cleaning up dust, debris, and other messes from the flooring will remove opportunities for the little guys to hide. Even more important is the exterior of your home: remove vegetation from the close perimeter, creating a spider free buffer zone where no creepy crawlies can hide.
Vegetation attracts spiders and serves as a perfect web spinning place, so when it’s not so close to your walls, doors, and windows, there’s less chance of errant arachnids wandering in. But be sure also to regularly sweep, vacuum, and dust. Clean up dishes or anything else that might clutter the counters. And finally, get rid of clutter. A clean and empty floor is a tiny bug’s danger zone!
You’re probably familiar with vinegar as much more than a cooking ingredient, but did you know that repelling spiders is one of its many important properties? This deal works much like the peppermint oil, because you’ll be filling a spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water, using it to hit the cracks and crevices, doorways and windows around your home. You’ll want to apply it daily to keep spiders at bay, at least during the hot and humid months.
Even better, vinegar can help kill or repel the insects that spiders eat, so you’ll want to aim your spray bottle at places where flies and other bugs may congregate. The key is to mix equal parts white vinegar and water in the bottle and stand back as the acid burns any present spiders and leaves fumes that repel future invaders.
Any cat owner will be quick to tell you how their four legged friend likes to pounce, chase, and chomp on any small scurrying object, especially pests. Cats will chase anything that moves and smack it into oblivion or, occasionally, gulp it down. Unlike humans, they don’t have a natural fear of spiders, so they’re the perfect natural deterrent.
One important thing to note, however: if you have poisonous spiders in your area, you’ll want to be extra careful about what your cat comes into contact with. You do not want your precious pet falling ill or worse because of an especially bad spider.
5. Don’t Let Them In
You may have read the headline above and thought, “of course,” but hear us out. Many times, homeowners are inadvertently inviting a spider problem into their homes. Exterior lights, nearby vegetation, cracked windows or door openings, and more can all allow the pests to walk right in. If you’ve ever left porch lights on overnight, you’re probably familiar with the collection of webs that appear the next morning.
Another way these creepy little guys find their way inside homes is an abundance of cracks and crevices. If your home is old, you might be especially susceptible. Try applying caulk wherever needed to fill in any gaps that could allow spiders into your home, and you’ll notice a big difference. Gaps in windows and doors might need a look, too.
Just like mint, citrus has deep acidic properties that make it utterly loathsome to spiders. You can actually apply citrus in a number of ways, including rubbing orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit peels on doorways, baseboards, window sills, bookshelves, and beyond. You can also purchase essential oils in citrus scents, a concentrated mixture that can be mixed with water in a spray bottle for use on wider areas.
Here’s one we never would have thought of. Cedar mulch, spread around the perimeter of your home, can help keep spiders from getting near. It’s a relatively cheap project and you’ll need just one free afternoon to spread the mulch properly. The smell of cedar directly repels spiders, so it can be used in a number of applications.
If you have a cedar chest, or even cedar clothes hangers, you can use these to keep them from the bedroom. Hangers like the one pictured above are available from many online outlets and can help give your closet a fresh smell while reducing the chances that spiders might hang out there.
It surprised us to learn that chestnuts contain an odor that specifically has been found to drive away spiders. That’s right: placing a few chestnuts on your window sills, in corners, or along baseboards can keep spiders from entering and hanging around.
Because the scent is kept inside the nut, you may want to consider poking holes in the nut or splitting it in half to better release the odor. Perfectly fine for human noses and perfectly acceptable as a scent, the nut is particularly noxious to spiders.
So this one is admittedly not for everyone, but it is a very workable solution to a spider problem. Tobacco can be applied in a variety of ways, including sprinkling small amounts of loose tobacco where spiders are found, soaking it in water and then spraying the mixture, and making tobacco balls by mixing it with water and flour.
Of course, tobacco is pretty expensive, especially if your spider problem is ongoing, so you might want to turn to another solution first. However, if you’ve already got some around, you might just want to give it a try and see how well it works.
10. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is another fantastically powerful essential oil that comes packed with useful properties. For our purposes, the most important is that it can be used to effectively drive spiders from the home. You can apply just a few drops of the oil in corners, cracks, windows, and other spider-laden areas of the home, and the smell will keep them far away. It can be mixed with water in a spray bottle as well, but the potency means that a few drops from the little bottle should do the trick.
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11. Mint Tea
Just like mint oil itself, mint tea can be a useful and great smelling way to keep spiders at bay. The smell and taste, as we mentioned, will prevent spiders from crossing any threshold. In this case, simply keeping and using mint tea will drive them away from your kitchen or dining areas. You can even place mint tea bags in spider prone areas, including cupboards and dark corners, to spread a pleasant fragrance and drive away any arachnid presence.
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12. Lemon Juice
So we’ve already discussed how citrus smells in general are a hardworking substance that repels spiders immediately. What you may not know is that you can use actual lemons to do the same trick. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, added to water in a spray bottle, can be applied to doors, windows, basements, and more. Of course, you can use the peels too, as mentioned earlier on the list, and if you’re into using lemon juice in your drinks or cooking, the kitchen can remain spider free too.
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13. Baking Soda
This may come as a big surprise, but you can actually sprinkle straight baking soda around spider prone areas of the house to keep the creepy critters away. Take just a spoonful and spreading it in corners, doorways, window sills, and other areas to send spiders packing. Their sensitive legs will repel them from this cost effective solution.
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Turmeric, that venerable spice at the root of curries everywhere, is wonderful for driving spiders away from the home. Because of its potency of smell and taste, sensitive spiders are absolutely driven away by turmeric. Thankfully, it’s an incredibly cheap spice to buy.
The preferred method is to mix two or three tablespoons of pure turmeric powder with water, making a fine paste. Now you can simply apply this paste to the spider prone corners of your home with a spoon. We must share a warning, however: turmeric can and will result in stains, so you’ll want to be very careful when using it, applying the paste only to areas where you won’t be worried about leaving a bright yellow mark.
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15. Table Salt
Right along with other kitchen spices we’ve shared on this list, regular old table salt is an often effective solution to your spider woes. Mixing salt and water in a spray bottle will give you a surprising, all-natural repellant. Salt water is corrosive to spiders, and the smell will linger long enough to keep them away for several days. You’ll want to repeat the spraying process, especially on the exterior of your home near any windows, doors, and cracks, about once a week to keep the home spider-free.
We all know that citronella is a very popular form of pest control during summers, keeping mosquitos from ruining our picnics, barbecues, and general outdoor time. Interestingly, citronella is also effective against spiders. One idea involves mixing lemon dish soap and a small amount of citronella in water, creating a spray that you can leave on spider prone surfaces. Additionally, you can simply use citronella candles in rooms where you’ve noticed spiders because the smell will drive them away.
17. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth, often referred to as DE, is an off-white talcum-like powder that comes from the fossilized remains of phytoplankton. More important than where it came from is where you can put it: the fine powder is safe for humans and animals and can be sprinkled around the perimeter as well as spider prone areas of your home. It works by inflicting tiny cuts on spiders as they walk through it, causing them to leak out fluids, dry up, and die. It’s a uniquely effective pest control!
You may know borax as a common solution for keeping ants away, but it’s just as good at repelling spiders. The chemical kills the bugs by first attaching to their legs and bodies as they walk through it, then when they groom themselves, the powder is ingested and poisons them from within. Because spiders don’t commonly walk on bare floors, borax should be sprinkled in cracks, crevices, and other spaces where it’s likelier to come into contact with their bodies.
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Original source: NaturalLivingIdeas.com, used with permission.
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