Don’t let the itsy-bitsy sider crawl up the waterspout, or anywhere in your home for that matter. They are intruders and need to remain outside. It’s easy to feel frightened when you suddenly happen upon a spider. Something about those eight-legged freaks give you the chills. They can scale a wall with ease or repel onto your face from the ceiling. You can’t trust them, and the spray in this article will help you keep them out!
It’s worth saying that getting rid of spiders is a complicated task. Some people find that it’s unnecessary, or they want to take the humanitarian route by catching them and putting them outside. You may feel like that about harmless spiders, but do not feel that way about black or brown widows. They are extremely poisonous.
There’s no reason to be afraid of them if you make the spider spray in this article. It only takes seconds to whip up a batch of it and it’s very effective. We should let you know that spraying this solution around your doors and windows will help to naturally repel spiders. If you spray them with it, they will die on contact. Why don’t spiders like the spray in this article? The ingredients are all powerful!
Note: We want to be transparent with you and say that essential oils and natural sprays are not as effective as insecticides. They can help repel spiders, but there isn’t a ton of scientific research on their efficacy.
Peppermint Essential Oil
It’s a known fact peppermint essential oil is a natural pest repellent. Even the plant itself acts as a natural pesticide for intrusive insects. According to anecdotal reports, peppermint essential oil can help get rid of arachnids. It’s unclear why it works, but there are a couple theories. One theory is that they dislike the scent of peppermint, or other strong odors. Because spiders smell and taste with their legs, crawling through fragrant oils is unpleasant. Another theory is that essential oils contain monoterpernoids, which are fumigants. That is why most experts believe that peppermint oil has insecticidal properties.
Lemon Essential Oil
Spiders tend to avoid the smell of lemon essential oil. This makes it an excellent ingredient for a natural spider spray. This is true for both fresh lemon juice and lemon essential oil. Because lemon essential oil has a more pungent aroma, it is the preferred and more effective choice. Anecdotal research claims that dropping a line of lemon essential oil droplets around an entryway into your home deters spiders from entering. To avoid ruining any surfaces in your home, the essential oils will be diluted in distilled water and a teaspoon of dish soap.
Another Note: Spiders may get used to the scent of a specific essential oil, so you may have to change up the oils you use. Lavender essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, and tea tree oil are great options.
DIY Natural Spider Repellent
- 2 cups distilled water
- 15 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 teaspoon dish soap
- Add all of the ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well to combine.
- Spray the mixture around windowsills, crevices, corners, and doorways in your home.
- Spiders like to inhabit dark areas, so don’t be afraid to spray in hard-to-reach places.
- Spray this in the same areas once a week to keep spiders out of the home.