The world tends to be separated into 2 different classes of people; those who love spiders and those who don’t. I’ll be the first one to admit that I absolutely don’t like spiders and, although I don’t have arachnophobia, I do tend to avoid them whenever possible. That is especially true when it comes to spiders in the home, because, as far as I’m concerned, there is no place for them in there.
In most cases, spiders are relatively harmless, other than the fact that they do creep us out to a certain extent. That being said, we still don’t want them hanging out in the home and we would like to remove them, but not all of us are into using harmful chemicals and killing spiders in order to get them out of the house.
Fortunately, there are some ways to remove spiders naturally and the following 9 different methods can be used in the home without worry.
Before we discuss these 9 natural methods, take a look at the following video that shows how to make a spider repellent at home.
9 ways to naturally remove spiders from the house.
1. Mint – it is true that spiders hate peppermint but most people love it. Fill a spray bottle with water along with peppermint essential oil and spray it around the home. Your home will spell fantastic and the spiders will be gone for good.
2. Keep it clean – a dirty home is often a haven for invading spiders. Perhaps one of the most important things to do to naturally remove spiders is to keep your home tidy and remove all dust or cobwebs as they appear. Vacuum regularly, dust and de-clutter.
3. Vinegar – you might be surprised with the number of uses white vinegar has around the home, and you can add repelling spiders to the list. Use it in a similar way to peppermint oil by filling a spray bottle with water and vinegar and spraying all the nooks and crannies around the home.
4. Get a cat – cats are not only good mousers, they are also excellent for hunting spiders as well. No spider will be safe crawling across the floor in front of a good cat.
5. Keep them out – it may sound simplistic, but sometimes you just need to keep them from coming in your home. This often starts by keeping the exterior of the home free from wood piles, grass clippings, leaves or anything else that could be a hangout for spiders. You can also check your windowsills and door openings to ensure that they are sealed tightly.
6. Citrus – spiders don’t like citrus and that is a common fact. You can use citrus peels and rub them on areas were spiders like to hang out, such as windowsills, bookshelves and baseboards. You can even use lemon scented furniture polish for this purpose.
7. Cedar – if you enjoy the smell of cedar, you will like the fact that spiders hate it. Put some cedar mulch around the outside of the home to keep the spiders on the outside. If you have a cedar chest or cedar hangers, make sure that you use them regularly. You can also buy cedar shavings or blocks for use in cupboards, drawers and closets.
8. Chestnuts – most people don’t realise that chestnuts have a way of driving away spiders. Placing a few on the windowsills or along the baseboards may help to keep the spiders at bay. Osage Orange has also been shown to produce a similar effect. Keeping chestnuts and hedge apples in the house may just be your ticket to a spider free home.
9. Tobacco – although we are not advocating picking up the habit of smoking, spiders do hate tobacco. Rather than smoking them out, soak tobacco and water and spray the mixture around the home. Keep in mind that tobacco is expensive so you might just be better off using another fix.
Make this all-natural spider repellent from vinegar and peppermint oil.
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
20 drops peppermint essential oil (Eucalyptus oil purportedly works, too, but I find peppermint a more pleasant scent.)
Mix all ingredients into a solution.
Transfer solution into a spray bottle.
Spray windowsills and entryways with the solution.
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