Spiders. Most people’s biggest nightmare. The population is plagued with a debilitating fear of these frankly often small creatures. And yet, we can’t help but understand everyone’s aversion towards these eight-legged beings. Unfortunately, science tells us that arachnoids actually play an important role in nature. While spiders usually live outside, they can become a very annoying and scary nuisance when they decide to build their web inside your house, or worse, in your bedroom.
Thankfully, you can get rid of them without spraying you home with unhealthy chemicals. There exists a number of natural homemade remedies that help deal with these creatures. And the best part of it all is that you probably already have most of these are items in your house.
Ward spiders off with these repellents that contain no chemical products and live forever fear free. Well, almost.
1. Peppermint essential oil and liquid dish soap
To ward off spiders from your home, here is a effective repellent to try:
- Put 3 cups of water in a spray bottle
- Add 1 coffeespoon of liquid dish soap.
- Add 1 tablespoon peppermint essential oil.
- Shake and spray.
Sprinkle cinnamon around your house to ward off spiders.
3. A cotton ball dipped in mint essential oil
You can chase away spiders with this natural and affordable hack. All you need to do is dip cotton balls in mint essential oil and to place them under your house or outside.
The Common Sense Homestead website recommends leaving chestnuts on your windowsill to ward off these insects. You can also use chestnut tree leaves as well as tomato leaves to repel them.
5. White vinegar
Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and water and spray it in cracks and crannies in your home. Spiders don’t like the smell of acetic acid present in vinegar.
Another natural repellent that you can use is mint leaves. Place some leaves in the corners and crannies of your house to ward off spiders and change them when they have dried up.
7. La pierre d’alun
Make your own natural repellent with this stone:
- Put 25 grams of alum stone powder in 250 ml of water;
- Pour your mixture into a spray bottle.
Spray your entryway once a week.
8. Salty water
Salty water is an excellent spider killer. Spray a mixture of a gallon of hot water and an ounce of salt directly on the spider’s nest.
Lavender is the sworn enemy of spiders so place some bouquets all over your home. You can also put some lavender essential oil in your entryway.
10. Pieces of cedar
Pieces of cedar are also a good way to ward off spiders. Place them on the edge of your windows and near your entryway.
11. Lemon peel
Rub lemon peels on the edges of your windows and shelves to prevent spiders from coming into your home. Apparently, these insects hate citrus fruit.
12. Cedar clothes hangers
Did you know that spiders hate cedar clothes hangers? Yes, if you have cedar hangers, you will never have spiders in your closet. Think of this next time you’re out buying hangers!
Spiders know to stay away from tobacco. To make an effective spider repellent, it is recommended to mix tobacco with water and spray it on the entry points of your home.
14. Coconut oil
Mix one part coconut oil with two parts water to make sure they don’t enter your home.
15. Horse chestnuts
When you take a walk in the woods, pick up a few horse chestnuts. Why? They hate them! Open up a few and place them in your entryway. You can also place some in the crannies of the rooms of your home.
16. Tea bags
Even if it sounds surprising, you can get rid of these insects inside your house with simple tea bags. Here is how to do it:
- Brew a cup of peppermint tea;
- Place the tea bag in the corners and crannies where you’ve noticed spiders.
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