While many of us enjoy the insect-control benefits of having spiders around, we don’t necessarily appreciate them crawling down our kitchen cupboards. With a natural spider repellent that is simple to make at home, clearing out unwanted arachnids will be a peice of cake.
There are three basic ingredients in a good natural spider repellent: Pure essential oil (lavendar, tea tree, peppermint or cintronella), water, and natural eco-friendly dish soap. If you don’t already have these ingredients in your green-cleaning aresenal or medicine cabinet, you can easily find them at any health food store.
Drop five or six drops of your chosen essential oil into a rinsed and re-used sixteen ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle nearly full with warm water, then add a good squirt of dish soap. Replace the top and shake well.
The essential oils mentioned above are all excellent insect and spider repellents. The soap helps break down the oil molecules in the water, creating a more consistent solution.
Before setting out with your new spider repellent, use your vacuum’s hose attachment or a shop-vac to suck up existing spider webs and egg sacks. Make sure to immediately wrap, seal, and discard the contents of the vacuum canister or disposable bag.
Next, spray the oil and soap solution around the door jams and window frames of your home. Also pay attention to indoor areas where you have noticed higher levels of arachnid activity, such as dark corners, showers, under cupboards and furniture, on top of valences and drapes, or in areas strewn with cobwebs. Before spraying carpeting or fabric, make sure to test the repellent in an inconspicuous spot to make sure the solution does not cause any discoloration. After doing this, you should see a decrease in the amount of spiders found inside your house within a couple of days.
Once you have incoming spiders at bay, it’s best to take further precautions against repeat infestation. Remember, arachnids like to hide out in dark, cluttered places. So a clean, organized garage, basement, and living space will be one of your best defenses. Purge anything you no longer use, and stow away the rest neatly in closets, drawers, on shelves or in eco-friendly snap-top containers. Move the wood pile and any outdoor debris away from the side of the house. Once the walls are cleared, patch any holes or cracks where spiders might be finding their way inside.
When these steps are complete, simply keep up a weekly regimen of spraying the entries and windows of your home with the natural essential oil solution.
For onging care, consider adding a few drops of tea tree or lavendar oils to your regular household cleaners. In addition to their spider and insect-reppelling properties, tea tree and lavendar oils are natural antibacterial agents that are already being used in many of the eco-friendly cleaning products currently on the market. Check the labels on your tile and floor cleaners. If they already contain one of these oils, simply give them a boost with another drop or two. Otherwise, add four or five drops of oil to a fifteen to sixteen ounce bottle of surface spray or floor soap. That cleaner instantly doubles as a spider repellent, helping you save time, money, and the environment in one fell swoop.
Peppermint, lavendar, tea tree, and citronella oils are also effective personal spider repellents. Mixing a few drops of peppermint oil into your regular body lotion will help prevent spider bites indoors or out on a daily basis without adding another step to your routine. For extra protection, use your home made natural spider repellent as a skin spray when you head out for a picnic at the park, a hike in the woods, or a campout in the back yard!
This recipe for essential oil-based spider repellent is a completely natural, safe, and effective method for keeping arachnids at bay.