Content of the material
- Why Do Spiders Get Inside The Home?
- The Method for Using Peppermint Oil for Spiders
- How to Keep Spiders Away From the House
- 1. Peppermint Oil
- 2. Vacuum The Spider Web
- 3. Clean Your Home
- 4. Vinegar
- 5. Hair Spray
- 6. Plant Eucalyptus Trees
- 7. Turn Off Outdoor Lights
- 8. Horse Chestnuts
- 9. Cedar
- 10. Pet
- 11. Tobacco Leaves
- 12. Baking Soda
- 13. Turmeric
- 14. Ladybugs
- 15. Wash Fruits And Cover Food
- 16. Garlic
- 17. Fill The Outside Crack
- 18. Diatomaceous Earth Powder
- 19. Bleach
- 20. Lavender
- 21. Citrus
- Side Effects of Peppermint Oil for Spiders
Why Do Spiders Get Inside The Home?
There are several reasons for the spider to get inside the home. The most common reasons are to catch insects and flies which spiders feed on.
Another reason is to get warmth in the winter. The spider can’t tolerate freezing weather, and they need a place to hide and lay eggs. The home provides them shelter and food, which encourages the spider to get inside the house.
You can buy indoor-outdoor thermometers to know about the temperature. It will give you some idea of when the spiders are more prone to move inside the house.
The Method for Using Peppermint Oil for Spiders
I followed the instructions that I’d heard about. All it takes is about 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle of water. I used 30, just to be sure. You can also put the essential oil directly on a few cotton balls and tuck those into corners and crannies that seem to be frequented by spiders. So quick! So easy! So delightfully Christmassy smelling!
Could this be the answer to my prayers? Does it really work? Can you use peppermint oil for spiders?
No. No it doesn’t.
I went around and de-spidered the whole area with my special de-spidering broom, then sprayed the whole area with the peppermint spray. Then I placed the cotton balls. Then I repeated all this 3 days in a row. The webs seemed to be getting worse and worse everyday! This area has a little roof, so it doesn’t get wet when it rains. So it wasn’t that the peppermint got washed away.
How to Keep Spiders Away From the House
There’re so many reasons you don’t want spiders in your home. Although most spider species don’t harm humans, some species are poisonous.
Most often it’s hard to identify the spider species by the average person but no one likes the spider in their house anyway.
Fortunately, spiders live outside the house as they get lots of prey outside the home. But as winter comes, the garden spiders migrate to a warmer place such as home indoors where they get lots of insects to feed on.
These spider migrations happen from the outdoor to the inside of the home in the fall. And this is the time you may see the increased sight of spiders inside the house.
Here are some very effective ways you can keep spiders out of your house naturally.
1. Peppermint Oil
Spiders don’t like the strong smell of peppermint oil. Spiders use tiny hairs on their leg to sense vibration and smell. The strong odor of peppermint oil overwhelms the spider.
Many insecticides use peppermint oil as one of the ingredients for spider repellent sprays. The peppermints and other essential oils contain a chemical called monoterpenoids, which are fumigants and have insecticidal properties.
So how to use peppermint oil to repel spiders?
Here is the peppermint based natural spider spray recipe
Peppermint Based Natural Spider Repellent Recipe Take a 16-ounce spray bottle and put five drops of peppermint oil in itFill the bottle with waterPut 6 to 7 drops of dish soapTight the spray bottle cap and apply where requiredUse once a week or every other few days
You can also plant a peppermint plant in a small pot and place it around the corner where the spiders are present.
Don’t inhale peppermint oil as it may cause light head, nausea, or dizziness. Spray as it’s needed and keep the windows and door open after spray.
2. Vacuum The Spider Web
A vacuum is the most effective tool to remove spider webs and spider eggs with ease. You can extend the vacuum hose length to reach higher ceilings or under the furniture to remove spider webs or suck spiders.
Be careful when you empty the vacuum box as you don’t want spider eggs to be blown off. Empty the vacuum box in a plastic bag outside the house. Don’t forget to vacuum behind the couch or cupboard as it’s often more challenging to clean in these places.
3. Clean Your Home
Spiders don’t like to be in the open and often hide at corners or tight spaces. Regularly keeping your house organized and cleaned will reduce the chance for the spider to put a web.
Regular cleaning also removes the dust and other small food particles which attracts small insects, which causes the spider to follow them.
Use clean and smooth glass containers rather than card box containers. The transparent and slippery glass surface makes it difficult for the spider to climb on it or build a web.
Don’t leave trash inside the house for an extended time. And don’t let it pile. If possible, place a dumpster outside the home. Also, trim the grass in the garden with electric string trimmers to have less hiding space for spiders outside the house.
Vinegar has so many benefits, and its acetic acid composition is very effective spider repellent. It works the same way as an essential oil but doesn’t have any side effects using it.
To make vinegar natural insect repellent, take a spray bottle and fill it with half white vinegar and the rest with water. Then spray it wherever you find the spider. Be careful while spraying around furniture as it may affect the polish on it.
Spray vinegar outside your hose at any corners and cracks from where you see the insects and spiders getting inside the house.
Vinegar is an excellent alternative to essential oil since it doesn’t smell.
5. Hair Spray
If you see a spider web with a spider in it, and you don’t want to use bug spray, then you can use hair spray to immobilize it.
Hair spray is very viscous, and a close blast of hair spray will temporarily immobilize the spider. You can then either kill it or put it in a bag and safely dispose of it.
6. Plant Eucalyptus Trees
Have you seen those tall eucalyptus trees plant?
These are native to Australia and have stiff oily and smelly leaves. The good thing is that the spiders don’t like the smell of eucalyptus and planting it around the garden and house will keep the spiders away. Especially during fall migration when spiders look for a warm place.
You can also use eucalyptus essential oils which you can use in a diffuser inside the home. It fills the house with a pleasing aroma while keeping spiders away.
7. Turn Off Outdoor Lights
Light attracts small insects and flies. You may have noticed the flies and insects crawling around the street light or even the outdoor lights of your house.
Spiders don’t care about the lights, but they care about the food. The spider gets naturally attracted to places where it can find an abundant natural diet and the bright lights at night are one such place.
When not needed, turn off the outdoor light. This will not attract the insects and flies anymore and keep the spider away. For indoor lights, use thick opaque shades and blinds. It will make the indoor light not to be quite visible from outside to insects.
If you must use a light, then use a low power light or yellow sodium vapor light which is less attractive to insects and flies.
8. Horse Chestnuts
Horse chestnuts conkers contain a natural oil that spiders don’t like. Place the chestnuts around the room or the areas where you have the spider problem.
Placing chestnuts near the entry places of your house, such as near windowsills or doors, will repel the spiders to get inside the home.
Make sure you clean the home and remove any strong fragrance which may mask the chestnut odor first before placing it inside.
Don’t get confused between chestnuts and conkers. They both look the same but are very different.
The chestnuts are edible and sweet. But horse chestnuts, also known as conkers, are toxic. It contains a poisonous chemical called Aescin, and should not be eaten. So be careful when using conkers around the house, so pets or small children don’t accidentally swallow it.
Cedar is a common tree in North America. Its wood has a powerful fragrance. You may like the smell of it, but spiders don’t.
This is good, as you can use cedar woods or chips which you can place in a bag or hang around the closet. This will keep the spiders away from your clothes and closets.
Cedar essential oil is a good alternative if using cedar mulch is not practical for you.
Pets are fun to have around children and make an excellent company. Pet, especially cats, roam around the house and go through every nook and corner of the house. These are very curious and chase away anything which moves.
It may not be an efficient option if your home is infested with spiders. But pet will keep some of the spiders away.
11. Tobacco Leaves
Well, we are not talking here tobacco, which is in the cigarette. These tobaccos are chemically treated and very harmful.
We are talking here about tobacco leaves. You can buy tobacco leaves and place it where spiders gather. This will deter spiders from coming around those areas.
For more effectiveness, you can grind and make a paste of tobacco leave and mix it with water. You can then put it in a spray bottle and use it as natural spider repellent spray.
You also have an option to knead tobacco leave it with flour and place it around the house to keep spiders away.
12. Baking Soda
You may already have a Baking Soda in your house which you use for cleaning purposes. The Baking Soda typically keeps the ants and smaller insects out, but it’s a good spider repellent too.
Sprinkle it around the house and areas where the spider gathers and you will get rid of it in no time.
Turmeric is a common food ingredient and spice used in many cuisines. It has several medicinal properties, which are good for your health.
But turmeric is also a good spider repellent. It has a strong smell and taste which spiders don’t like much. Sprinkle turmeric powder around the spider-prone area or buy a turmeric stick and place it there.
For a more effective solution, make a turmeric paste by mixing it with water and applying it around the house. Turmeric has an intense yellow color, so be aware of that when using it.
The ladybugs which you often see in the garden with a bright black dot is an excellent spider controller. Ladybugs don’t eat spiders, but it eats insects which is the food of spider. The main difference is that ladybugs are far more efficient insect catchers than spiders.
The presence of ladybugs reduces the insect supply to spiders. It forces the spider to leave to find its food somewhere else. Plus, ladybugs eat insects such as caterpillars and larvae which destroy garden plants.
Maintaining a welcoming environment for Ladybugs in the garden will help you maintain a lush green garden while keeping spiders at bay.
15. Wash Fruits And Cover Food
Spiders get attracted to insects and flies as these are their food. Fruits, especially ripe fruits, and open food attract flies and insects.
Keeping your food covered and adequately washing and placing it in a sealed bag will not only keep your food free from contaminants but also keep flies and insects away.
Since there won’t be as many flies or insects in the house, the spider will have no reason to be there.
Garlic has an overpowering pungent smell. It tastes good and is commonly used in various cuisines. But spiders don’t like the strong smell of garlic.
This makes garlic to be a natural spider repellent without having any side effects.
Garlic Based Natural Spider Repellent Recipe Mince or crush 4 or 5 garlic bulbs, and wrap it in a clothSqueeze it harder to get garlic juiceDrop the garlic juice in a spray bottle and spray it around the corners, floors or areas where you have a spider problemUse once a week or every other few days
17. Fill The Outside Crack
Spiders need a space to get in the house, and it doesn’t have to be a door. Spiders can get inside through tiny small cracks or gaps in the door. Cover the door gaps, so there is no space when you close the door.
Walk around the house and locate the cracks or gaps. Use a caulking gun to seal the holes. Most of the time, the apparent crack locations are around the basement windows and corners.
18. Diatomaceous Earth Powder
Diatomaceous Earth is also known as DE, which is a white powdery substance derived from fossils of a tiny sea creature called diatoms.
DE is safe to use, and it completely eliminates the spider. Spray the diatomaceous earth powder around the house and the areas where the spiders often visit.
When spiders walk over the DE powder, it gets stuck to its body. The DE powder is very reactive, and it cuts and adheres to the skin of the spider. The spider leaks the bodily fluids which get absorbed by the DE powder. This causes the spider to die eventually.
It’s not very harmful to humans when handled in smaller quantities. But as a precaution, wear protective clothing such as a glove and a breathing mask when handling diatomaceous earth powder.
Bleach is a very effective homemade spider repellent. You may already have bleach at home which you can use to make homemade pesticides.
Spray the bleach into areas where you see spiders and the spider should be gone soon. Be careful when using bleach around the fabrics or carpets as it may cause discoloration.
Cover the fabrics or carpet with a plastic material to prevent it from any damage.
Lavender has many benefits, and one of its advantages is its excellent spider and insect repelling ability. Plus, lavender has a very pleasing smell. So, you can use it indoors.
Lavender Natural Spider Repellent Recipe Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil into a 16 oz spray bottle.Add water and one tablespoon liquid soap or dishwasherShake it to mix it together and then spray it around the problem areaUse as needed till you get rid of spider problem
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons contain acetic acids which spiders hate.
To use it, cut and squeeze a couple of lemons and oranges, collect the juice, and put it in the spray bottle with water in it. Then spray it around the places where you see spiders.
You can also peel the fruit and rub it around the places you see a spider. You can leave even sliced lemons and oranges at problem areas and replace it in a day or two as it gets dry.
If that’s too much work or need something more potent, then consider buying the citrus essential oil which has a far stronger odor.
Side Effects of Peppermint Oil for Spiders
Peppermint oil might have a few side effects, such as:
Skin Allergies: Whenever you use essential oils, you must be careful about exposure, particularly to the skin. In some cases, this is perfectly safe, but topical irritation and inflammation are possible. 
Topical Inflammation: When spraying this mixture in an enclosed space, be sure not to inhale too many of the fumes directly from the spray of vinegar and peppermint oil. This can cause lightheadedness, headaches, topical inflammation of the sinuses, and other unwanted side effects.
While it isn’t a major risk, it is best to keep your pets away from these sprayed areas for a few hours.