Spiders are something most people are not crazy about and they certainly do not want them in their homes. This is especially true if you live in an area with dangerous spiders, such as the black widow spider or brown recluse spider. Keeping these spiders away from you, your family and your pets helps to keep your home safer and healthier. There are different things you can do to prevent spiders from taking up residence in your house without using powerful chemicals. These natural remedies are easy to use and you can combine for maximum spider fighting effects.
Home Made Natural Spider Spray: You can make your own spray and use it in areas where spiders tend to congregate, such as the bathroom and other damp areas in your home; you should also spray it outside of your home, along windows and doors so spiders do not want to enter. To make this spray, combine a cup of pepper and a teaspoon of liquid soap. Put all of these in a spray bottle and mix well. Make sure to re-spray everything every couple of days and after it rains.
Keep Things Clean: Spiders love clutter and they like to set up shop behind boxes and other things that are just sitting idle. Dust at least once a week and make sure to put all boxes and packages away quickly to prevent spiders from spinning a web. You should also remove cobwebs as they occur. The perimeter of your home should be free of things like wood piles, trash and debris. Spiders will hang out in these and if they find a small entry, they will make their way into your home. If you have a fire place and need a wood pile, make sure that this is several feet from your home.
Use Cedar: The smell of cedar is something that spiders are not crazy about, so adding some cedar mulch around the perimeter of your home can prevent spiders from coming in. Just make sure that you use a good quality cedar and that you maintain it. You can also place cedar in the home to repel spiders.
Use Citrus Peels: Spiders hate the smell of anything citrus, such as lemon, oranges and grape fruits. You can find essential oils in citrus scents or save the cash and just use the left over peels when you enjoy a piece of citrus fruit. If you are using citrus peels, make sure to replace them every 24 to 48 hours so that the smell stays potent enough to chase spiders away.
Use Peppermint Oil and Borax: Pure peppermint oil is strong and not only do spiders absolutely hate it, but most other pests do too. You can grab a plastic spray bottle and combine peppermint oil with water to make it last longer and to dilute the oil a bit so it does not irritate the skin of people or pets. Simply spray this everywhere spiders tend to go.
Borax is most commonly used to keep ants out, but it helps to repel spiders too because it kills them if they get into it. Just sprinkle this in areas where spiders are coming in and setting up spider webs like the window and along the thresholds of your doors.