There is a majority of people who have a fear of spiders, and obviously they don’t want them inside their homes (even those without such fears). And although most spiders found at home are considerably safe, there are still some that can be dangerous to us humans and to other living beings.
Here are 12 (safe) ways to keep spiders out of your home without the use of hazardous chemicals and other unsafe approaches that can wreak havoc even more than spiders do:
It is proven that spiders hate the smell of cedar. So leave some cedar mulch around and within the confines of your home in order to prevent them from coming in. Cedar can not only be used as a repellant but also as a natural remedy. It’s best to use good quality cedar oil or cedar wood and make sure to maintain it. After all, prevention is better than cure.
2. Citrus Peels
The same as cedar, citrus has properties that spiders hate; they hate the smell of lemons, oranges, and other fruits (I’m no biologist, but I’m sure most fruits have citrus in it). You don’t have to hit up the specialty store just to get some citrus-based essential oils – citrus peels will do just fine.
Rub the citrus peels or essential oil (if you still insist on purchasing) on doorways, window sills, baseboards, etc… Make sure to replace the citrus peels every 24 to 48 hours so that the smell stays potent enough to chase spiders away. As for essential oils, mix a few drops with some water in a spray bottle and spray throughout your house.
It might be surprising to learn that a great way to rid your house of spiders is with chestnuts. Chestnuts are great at keeping spiders at bay.
Place these along the baseboards in your home and along the window sills to prevent spiders from coming in.
One of the best things about chestnuts is that they do not go bad quickly, so you get long-term relief from spiders.
4. Hedge Apples
Hedge apples are products of the Osage orange tree and can provide a natural way to get rid of spiders. Hedge apples are one of the oldest and most powerful ways to keep spiders from coming into your home.
However, it is critical to put these in places where children and pets cannot go because they are toxic. When you are placing them, wear gloves and wash your hands afterward.
5. Check Your House for Cracks
For a spider to be in your home, they had to find a way in. If your house is old, they may be getting in through an abundance of cracks and crevices. Grab your caulking gun and head down into the basement to look for cracks and then seal them.
You should repeat this around the foundation of your home, as well as at all windows and doorways. Filling any gaps, you find will make a big difference.
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 some borax in areas where spiders are coming in and setting up spider webs.
You can also put this between your window and storm windows and along the thresholds of your doors.
7. Essential Oils
Here are some essential oils that work great to repel spiders:
Just make sure to replace the different natural ingredients regularly to keep everything fresh so that the remedies continue to repel spiders. You also want to be mindful of children or pets so that your treatments stay in place. If you have children or pets, make sure to place items where they cannot get to them.
8. Peppermint Oil
Pure peppermint oil is strong and not only do spiders absolutely hate it, but most other pests do too. The smell is extreme to small insects, which makes peppermint an excellent spider repellent that you can use to keep these creepy crawly insects out of your home. In addition, it works great to repel wasps and yellow jackets 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 to repel them naturally.
You can also soak cotton balls with peppermint essential oil and place them strategically throughout your house, wherever you think they might be gaining access as one of the many natural ways to keep spiders away.
9. Natural Spider Spray
Natural (Aggressive) Spider Repellent Spray Recipe
1 cup apple cider vinegar
one teaspoon oil
one cup pepper
one teaspoon liquid dish soap.
You can make your natural spider repellent spray and spray this 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, windowsills, and doors, so spiders do not want to enter.
To make this spray, combine the apple cider vinegar, oil, pepper, and liquid soap. Put all of these in a spray bottle and mix well. Make sure to respray everything every couple of days and after it rains.
10. Keep Things Clean
Spiders love clutter, and they like to set up shop behind boxes and other things that are just sitting there. Keeping the house clean and free of clutter is an obvious and natural remedy for spiders. Dust at least once a week and make sure to put all boxes and packages away quickly to prevent spiders from spinning a spider web. You should also remove cobwebs as they occur.
It is even more critical to clean up the exterior of your home by removing any vegetation in the yard that is close to the perimeter of your house to help create a spider free zone eliminating places for spiders and other insects to hide. Vegetation in your yard and around your home attracts spiders and are perfect places for spiders to spin their webs.
11. Get a Pet
Many pets, especially cats, will chase anything that moves and this includes spiders. Cats and other pets will chase anything that moves, making them natural spider repellents.
While they may not be able to eliminate all of them, if there is one running across the floor, they may be able to catch it for you.
Just use caution if you have poisonous spiders in your home because these can harm animals too.
12. Clean Your House Regularly
If you want to know how to keep spiders away from your home, 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 through a crack in the wall or unsealed windowsill, they will make their way into your home. If you have a fireplace and need a woodpile, make sure that this is several feet from your home.