Spiders have played their role in our life, and we can certainly appreciate them for keeping away pests like flies or mosquitos, but that doesn’t mean you want them setting up camp in your room or hiding out in your closet.
For a lot of individuals, the sight of an 8 legged critter scurrying down the wall is enough to send them into an all-out spider hunt until they can relax.
Either way, there’s no need to turn to insecticides or pesticides, there are lots of natural deterrents you can use to keep spiders away from your home. Trust us, there’s more to fear at in a bottle of chemical pest control spray than at the spider you’re trying to fend off.
Pure essential oil-either peppermint, Tea tree, Citrus, or Neem,-warm water, and dish soap.
Essential oil like peppermint, tea tree, and citrus have intense smells that spiders (as much as we find them pleasant) find them unpleasant and overwhelming.
Spiders use their two tiny front legs (called Pedi palps) for a few reasons, one of which is to assist in feeding. They’re more like arms.
I don’t know for you, but nobody would want to dunk his/her fingers in essential oil and then stick food in their mouth, which is what would happen if a spider marched all over essential oil.
Whether or not that plays a part I can’t tell, but spiders just don’t like them. This is one of our favorite brands of essential oils, and it’s cheap.
The soap separates the oil molecules in the water, making for a more consistent solution
You will need:
- 5 to 7 drops of peppermint, tea tree, citrus, lavender, or neem essential oil and
- a reusable spray bottle.
- Liquid dish soap,
- warm water and
- a dash of white vinegar* (optional)
Put 5-7 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle (around 16 ounces is good), and fill mostly to the top with clean warm water. Add a squirt of dish soap, place the cover on, and give the blend a good shake.
Before usage, use the hose attachment of your vacuum to suck up any egg sacs or old webs.
Test on an inconspicuous area, and then spray in corners and angles of window frames, along with door cracks, or in dark dingy places spiders may be hiding out.
You can also add a dash of white vinegar to the blend, but keep in mind this could affect some fabrics and surfaces.
It probably won’t change your mind about having spiders in your house, but you can sleep well knowing that the idea behind “swallowing spiders” in your sleep is nothing but a complete and utter myth that has been besting us for decades.
That’s not to say there haven’t been isolated cases of an unfortunate person who woke up with an insect in his/her ear, and at some point in time, someone probably has swallowed a spider while asleep.
To avoid such myths coming alive in our homes we really need to fend off these multi-legged creatures and remember through chemical-free ways