Despite the fact that most varieties of spider pose no threat to humans (and given the way they keep the insect population under control we should view them as allies) many people dislike, and even fear them.
Natural Spider Repellents: What makes them work?
Natural Spider Repellents #1: Lemon Oil
Add up to 5 drops of essential oil (lemon is my favorite and spiders detest it) and up to 5 drops of dish washing liquid to 1 qt. of water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well.
Spray the mixture on cobwebs, around doors and windows, around the lawn and garden and on any surfaces where spiders lurk. In addition to having a pleasant aroma, this mixture is nontoxic.
Oils may stain or cause spots, so be sure to test the mixture on a small section of carpet or upholstery before spraying an entire surface.
Reapply the spray once a week during peak “spider seasons.”
Natural Spider Repellents #2: Mint and Lavender
Natural Spider Repellents #3: Peppermint Oil
Try one of the options below for quick and easy repelling!
Option 1: the cotton ball
Simply place a few drops of Peppermint essential oil on several cotton balls and place in areas where spiders like to be in your home (corners, closets, etc). Add more essential oil when you notice the scent has faded.
Option 2: the spray
Make a simple spray and spray it around baseboards and other places spiders like to lurk!
Spider Repellent Spray
-4 oz glass bottle
-4 oz water
-7-10 drops Spark Naturals Peppermint essential oil
Just combine and spray!
Natural Spider Repellents #4: Clean and Organize
Last, but certainly not least, you can stop a household spider infestation through simple, non-chemical means. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up spiders and cobwebs. Seal cracks in the foundation and close gaps in windows or beneath doorways to deny spiders access to your homes. Spiders thrive in dark, cluttered places, so keep stacks of debris, woodpiles and thick plant growth away from the sides of the house. The fewer places spiders can easily inhabit, the more effectively they can be repelled.
Natural Spider Repellents Warning: Protect Your Cat!
Essential oils can be harmful for cats. Therefore, before using essential oils:
- Remove the cat from the room
- Ventilate during & after spraying
- Avoid spraying areas where the cat likes to hang out (around it’s bed, etc.)
- Only let the cat back in after the spray has dried.
Even though you may find that natural spider repellents can control or eliminate your spider problems, you may find them to be a hassle. They take time to prepare and apply, applications need to be regularly repeated, and the results aren’t immediate.
For safe, fast and easy spider control, call the professionals at ApolloX Pest Control: