We know you care about the environment. We also know you care about keeping your home spider-free. In this age of do-it-yourself, all-natural solutions, we’ve polled our favorite holistic sources to compile this list of natural spider repellents:
- Make your own spider spray: Mix together 1 tablespoon of peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and 3 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray. This combination will not kill spiders, but will keep them at bay. Don’t have peppermint essential oil on hand? Mix 1 cup coconut oil with 2 cups water in your spray bottle instead. You can also dip cotton balls in either solution and place them in strategic places inside and outside your home. Not only do spiders hate both peppermint and coconut, your home will smell great!
- Get your citrus on: Rub your windowsills, baseboards, and wooden furniture like bookshelves with citrus peels. Spiders dislike citrus so much that even lemon-scented furniture polish can help to keep them away. This deterrent also comes with awesome side effects, as your furniture will look beautiful and your home will smell fresh and clean!
- Use vinegar: Who knew that vinegar was the cure-all for everything? (Well, almost everything—there’s only about 5 million uses for vinegar—just Google it and see!) Similar to the peppermint oil spray, simply fill a spray bottle with white vinegar mixed with water and spray in nooks and crannies around your home.
- Chestnut and cedar: Evidently chestnut is a natural spider deterrent, and keeping a few of them on windowsills and along baseboards can keep spiders from gathering there. They also detest cedar, so if you find spiders hanging out in your closet, switch to cedar hangers. It’s also recommended you use cedar mulch in your yard, particularly in beds that touch your home’s perimeter.
These home remedies can assist you in your efforts to keep your home free from spiders. It’s also always helpful to keep your home neat and tidy. Regular dusting and vacuuming will help keep webs away and spiders from settling in your territory. Here at Green Pest Control, we recognize the importance of safe and environmentally friendly solutions, and know the best success will come from working together to keep your home safe from pests of all sorts. For the very best in pest control, call us today.