Most people are terrified of spiders. A teeny spider on the ceiling can get the most grown up of men screaming. Grown children land up in their mother’s beds because of something small and hairy. Here is our guide to help you with those frightening, but really beautiful, arachnids.
Natural remedies to rid your house of spiders
Spiders are here for a reason and you really do not want to kill them. What you can do is keep your house super clean so that spiders stay outside, where they belong. You also don’t want to use toxic chemicals in the house, so look at the natural options. It is important to spring cleaning on a regular basis so you don’t provide those lovely little corners that spiders love to inhabit.
Cleaning your house:
- Vacuum regularly
Decluttering is important. By throwing out, or cleaning, the little knick knacks that you have all over the house, you will be removing spider friendly space. Keep decluttering too.
Keep the outside of your house clean too.
Cleaning the exterior of your house
- Rake the lawn regularly
- Remove clippings, extra leaves and sticks
- Clean your windows regularly
- Clean the windowsills regularly
- Check for gaps between doors and floors and apply caulking if necessary
- Keep your balcony clean and clutter free
Make a cleaning detergent out of vinegar and water. One part vinegar with two parts water. It may have a sharp and pungent smell but it will repeat not only spiders but also mosquitos and ants. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray this around your house, focusing on areas where spiders may inhabit. The smell will go away as soon as it dries. It is an excellent homemade cleaning solution.
Try Peppermint Essential Oil
Spiders hate the smell of peppermint. In the same way you did with the vinegar, take a spray bottle and fill it with water. Add a small amount of dishwashing liquid too and also eight drops of peppermint essential oil. If you think it does not smell minty enough, add a few more drops of the oil. Spray around the house, in those spider friendly areas.
You can also mix peppermint and vinegar together. They are both very different in taste and smell but when mixed together, make an excellent spider repellant.
If desperate and the above does not work, although unlikely, use the pure peppermint oil on its own. Dab it on areas, not too much though, it is strong and the smell will linger for a while.
If perchance, and we can hear you screaming already, you find spiders in the closet you need to clean your closet very well. Clean it with water and vinegar, and over the counter detergents, and then add cedar blocks to your closets and cupboard. You can also use cedar mulch in your gardens to keep the spiders away from certain areas. Look in the store too, you may find Cedar hangers for your clothes, which will keep your cupboard both spider and moth free.
Citrus fruits repel spiders and we usually all have lemons or oranges in our house or garden. Use the peels from oranges and rub them over surfaces that are prone to spiders. The same goes with lemons. You can also use a lemon essential oil in the same way you would use the peppermint essential oil.
Spiders do not like chestnuts and in fact they do not like any tree nuts. In the United Kingdom chestnuts were used to stop an outbreak of spiders. Imagine an outbreak of spiders. It may be the scent of the nut that spiders do not like. Place a few chestnuts in problem areas and see if it keeps the spiders away.
Above all, stay calm, cool and collected. Spiders are natural and very few are poisonous. Embrace them and rather let them go into the wild than kill them.
Source: Family Life Goals