Natural Spider Repellents

Natural Spider RepellentsDespite 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 work because all spiders have their taste buds on the tips of their legs, and there are certain natural oils spiders hate, including citrus, lavender, peppermint, citronella, cinnamon, tea tree and cloves. 

Natural Spider RepellentsNatural Spider Repellents: A little more trouble to apply, but they’re safe.

Natural spider repellents have to be applied more often than pesticides, but they are safer for to use in your home and have a pleasant smell.

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.”

Credits: Natural Spider Repellent, Homemade Spider Spray | Seventh

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Natural Spider Repellents #2: Mint and Lavender

Pots of mint and lavender inside your home on a sunny windowsill will also help deter indoor spiders. Or you can dust your window sills and furniture weekly with a lemon-scented cleaner to help deter spiders.

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!

Natural Spider RepellentsSpider Repellent Spray
-4 oz glass bottle
-4 oz water
-7-10 drops Spark Naturals Peppermint essential oil

Just combine and spray!

Credits: Spark Naturals Blog: Natural Spider Repellent

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. 

Credits: Natural Spider Repellent, Homemade Spider Spray | Seventh

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Natural Spider Repellents Warning: Protect Your Cat!

Essential oils can be harmful for cats. Therefore, before using essential oils:

  1. Remove the cat from the room
  2. Ventilate during & after spraying
  3. Avoid spraying areas where the cat likes to hang out (around it’s bed, etc.)
  4. Only let the cat back in after the spray has dried. 

 Credits: Natural Spider Repellent Spray | Managing the Everyday

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:

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