Most of us despise spiders, it is almost like we are genetically programmed to be afraid of these tiny little creatures that crawl to the crack and crevice and the corners of our homes at times.
However, why squash them when you can simply prevent them from entering your house in the first place?
You do not need to install mosquito nets everywhere for that, and even if you did, the chances are these intelligent crawlers would still find their way into your house. That being said, here are 10 natural ways to keep spiders out of your home – for good!
The Power Of Peppermint Oil!
While some of us may be fond of peppermint gum or peppermint tea, this certainly does not apply to our fellow spiders. As a matter of fact, one of the most efficient long-term pest control solutions to make sure spiders steer clear of your house is to simply spray (10-15 drops) of peppermint essential oil mixed with water in a spray bottle.
After making this solution, simply put it in a bottle of window-cleaning solution (you previously emptied, of course) and start to spray it around the cracks, crevices, corners and the entrances to your house. Not only will it keep the:
- Wolf spider
- Hobo spider
- Black widow spider
along with any other spider pests away, but it also smells very nice! More on using peppermint oil for spider control here.
Lemon Peels Always Do The Trick
If you do not like the smell of peppermint oil yet you are a fan of citrus fruits like lemons or oranges, then you can always do the same trick but with lemon peels this time.
Simply put, rub some lemon peels on the baseboards, the bookshelves as well as the window sills. The peels are guaranteed to keep spiders at a safe distance!
We all love cinnamon, be it in our food or in the air. Did you know that some cinnamon candles are a great way to keep spiders away?
These candles are very inexpensive and the chances are that you will find them at the local shop – however, if you do not, then you can always opt for cinnamon oil and put it in the special essential oil burner. Regardless of the chosen way to disperse the smell, it is important to make sure that your entire house smells of cinnamon, as this is known to be one of the most efficient natural repellents!
You do not need to be a smoker to know that tobacco keeps spiders away without too much effort.
If you are allergic to strong scents and essential oil or the options described above simply do not appeal to you, then you can always use some tobacco as an efficient and natural spider repellent. Simply mix it with water and spray it just like you would spray the peppermint solution mentioned earlier.
Cats those furry four legged friends can be great spider deterrent! They love to hunt and when they see a spider crawling on the floor… it’s game on!
Vinegar Is Yet Another Efficient Natural Spider Repellent
Although most of us use it as an ingredient in the kitchen or for minor medical ailments, white vinegar can turn out to be your best friend when it comes to keeping spiders away.
Just like cinnamon, peppermint or the citrus peels, spiders hate the smell of vinegar as well – combine it with a bit of water and spray it around the corners of your home.
Different Essential Oils
The thumb rule when it comes to making a good natural spider repellent is to remember the fact that they hate very strong words, especially those that appeal to us.
You can simply combine some of these oils with warm or lukewarm water and spray the solution around the house, especially along the spider openings around the door cracks and window frames.
Install Weather Stripping And Tight Fitting Screens
This is yet another efficient and cost-effective way to keep spiders away.
If you do not already have door sweeps, weather stripping as well as mosquito nets installed around your windows, then perhaps you should consider buying some.
These are great for keeping spiders and all sorts of crawlers away from your house – however, if you opt for the tight fitting screens, then make sure to also install them over all the vents and windows that surround your house.
Plant Trees In Your Back Yard
Did you know that some trees and plants act as natural repellents and keep spiders, mosquitoes and all the other insects away from your home?
Eucalyptus is one of these plants, and the best thing about the eucalyptus tree is that it requires minimal maintenance and you can enjoy its pleasant smell and effects as a spider repellent for years.
Control Spiders With Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth also helps control spiders, ants, fleas, cockroaches, mites, earwigs, and other crawling insects indoors and outdoor. Apply the dust to cracks and and crevices where spiders may hide. Always use Food Grade diatomaceous earth as it is safe for people and pets. [source]
Coconut Oil And Water
Last, but not least, another great natural spider repellent is made of one part coconut oil, two parts water. Just mix the solution and spray it across the main spider entry points.