Other than Charlotte, that intelligent, graceful spider that spun a web to save Wilbur the pig in “Charlotte’s Web,” spiders are something that most of us don’t want to have in our home. Even if we understand that most of them don’t want to harm us and that they can even kill other bugs that can wreak some serious havoc in our home, we don’t want them there. That’s especially true of people who live in an area with dangerous spiders like the brown recluse or black widow.
But how to get rid of them? Powerful chemicals designed to eradicate them, bring harm to humans and the environment too. Fortunately, there are a number of natural remedies that can be employed for maximum spider fighting effects.
1. An All-Natural Spider Repellent Spray
It’s easy to make your own all-natural spider repellent that doesn’t contain any chemicals whatsoever. All you have to do is mix water with a couple of essential oils and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle together and then apply it to any spots that you tend to find spiders, or where there are already. You can use the spray inside, but keep in mind that the oils can stain carpets, upholstery, bedding and other items, so proceed with caution.
Here’s how to make it.
- 1-quart water
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Add the water to a spray bottle, followed by the oils (the best place to get the oils is Plant Therapy Essential Oils) and apple cider vinegar. Shake well to blend and then spray away, spraying inside cracks, around windows and doors, light fixtures and other places spiders tend to gather. Re-apply once a week during peak seasons.
2. Orange Peels
Spiders tend to have an adversity to citrus scents, which is why using orange peels can be a safe and effective way to keep spiders at bay. You can actually use the peels of any citrus fruit, like lemons or grapefruit, but oranges are probably the easiest.
Cut the peel off your orange (or other citrus fruit) and then cut the peel into quarter-inch chunks. Place the chunks into a pot or another container that can handle boiling water, and then pour one cup of boiling water over half of the chunks, leaving them in to soak overnight. In the morning, strain the chunks and then add a quarter-cup of witch hazel to the water. Add the mixture to a spray bottle and shake well. Smash up your remaining chunks of orange peel using a pestle to release the citrus scent and then sprinkle those in places like cabinets, under the sink and other areas where spiders frequently enter or are seen.
3. Peppermint Essential Oil
There’s a reason the repellent spray we listed first contains peppermint essential oil. Spiders hate that minty aroma, even though most of us humans enjoy it. It acts as a natural insecticide that repels spiders, and many other insects too, like mosquitoes. Researchers, according to a study published in the Malaria Journalrevealed why – it offers repellent action and is so potent that it even killed mosquito larvae 24 hours after exposure to a solution of peppermint oil and water.
You can use peppermint essential oil on its own by dabbing some onto cotton balls, and then placing the peppermint-scented cotton balls strategically around your house, as noted before, such as cabinets, under the sink, cracks and crevices, and so on. Replace the cotton balls with fresh ones once a week. Be sure to only use 100% pure peppermint essential oil, such as this bottle of Plant Therapy Peppermint Oil.
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