Nicole Bradley on removing spiders from your home for Better Homes & Gardens.
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Get rid of spiders without the use of chemicals! Try these natural spider repellent ideas today.
While few spiders pose harm in the home, they can be a nuisance to control. There’s no need to turn to toxic pesticides when trying to get rid of spiders—some solutions can be found right in your kitchen or pantry. Keep arachnids out of your space with these all-natural spider combat solutions.
Spiders HATE the smell of peppermint, so this solution is guaranteed to keep them away. Fill a spray bottle with water and 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil and spray in places spiders tend to hide—under furniture, in closets, and in other corners and crevices of your house. In addition, add a couple drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and keep in those areas.
Chestnuts have been known to steer away spiders because they don’t enjoy the scent. Place chestnuts around your house where spiders can sneak their way in, such as windowsills and door frames. The best part about chestnuts is that they don’t leave any residue behind when scattered around the house! See more at Natural Living Ideas.
Cedar wood acts as an excellent spider repellent. Incorporate as much cedar into your house as possible—fill your closet with cedar hangers or keep your clothes in a cedar chest. We also suggest hiding cedar blocks inside dressers, drawers, and other small spaces spiders may dwell in.
Coconut Oil & Vinegar
This all-inclusive oil really does do it all. Mix 1 cup vinegar with ½ cup melted coconut oil and spray liberally onto cobwebs in your house, garage, or outdoor space. Note: Do NOT spray directly onto plants or trees. Coconut oil is extremely reflective, and too much harsh light may kill your plants.
The hedge apple (Maclura pomifera), commonly called Osage orange, is a distinctive fruit—it has a lumpy exterior and is the size of a grapefruit. If you’re having issues with spiders entering your house through the foundation, try placing hedge apples around the base of your home. Don’t have a hedge apple tree? You can order hedge apples online!
Another natural anti-spider spray you can make from household supplies is a mixture of water and liquid dish soap. Dish soap disturbs the egg cycle of spiders, and the insects strongly dislike citrus scents—so a lemon, lime, or orange-scented soap will do the trick.