Home Remedies To Keep Spiders Out Of The House
Home Remedies to Keep Spiders out of the House
If you're anything like me, you probably think that spiders are yucky critters. In addition to my personal vendetta, spiders worry me because I have two young boys at home.
The problem is that no matter how spotless I keep my home, spiders still manage to find their way in.
There are several ways of keeping spiders out of your home. These options range from pest control services to "do it yourself" pesticides to natural pest control alternatives.
Because of my children, I opt to stay away from poisons and pesticides. Instead I try to use as many all-natural products and remedies as I can. I'm going to use this Hub to share some of the all-natural home remedies to keep spiders out of the house that I have found the most effective.
Since diatomaceous earth comes as a powder, this is the perfect tool to spread the powder wherever spiders may come into your home.
When I first heard about this stuff, I said, "Dia-what?"
Diatomaceous earth is also called diatomite, a natural occurring substance that is made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms - a type of hard-shelled algae. It has a countless number of uses from medical research to cat litter.
For this Hub I am focusing on using it as a home remedy to keep spiders out of the house.
The way it works is actually simple - the ground-up powder dehydrates insects. More technically, diatomaceous earth absorbs lipids from the insects through their exoskeletons.
Don't worry - diatomaceous earth is perfectly safe to use around children and pets. It's a 100% naturally occurring compound.
To keep spiders out of your home, just have to sprinkle a trail of diatomaceous earth powder along the places where the pests can get in.
Some of the best locations to use diatomaceous earth include around:
- sliding glass doors
- holes in your exterior where wires and pipes come in
One of the most effective, all-natural home remedies to keep spiders out of the house is to use chestnuts. That's right - every day, run of the mill chestnuts.
Just like with diatomaceous earth, you set the chestnuts around the places where spiders can enter your home. No one (at least that I've spoken with) has ever heard of any scientific reason for this, but it has been proven effective that chestnuts help repel spiders from your home.
This may be one of the easiest home remedies for spiders, but you should keep in mind that you'll need to change out the chestnuts regularly. Also, slightly cracking or drilling holes into the nuts will significantly help spread the spider-repelling scent.
Mint tea bags that allow for easy, mess-free placement around your home to keep out the spiders.
Easy-to-use bags of mint tea.
A pound of bulk tea so that you can use it in a variety of different ways (potpourri, sprinkled around the outside of the home, etc).
That's right - mint tea is another effective, natural home remedy to keep spiders out of the house. Similar to chestnuts, mint tea has a scent that spiders strangely seem not to like.
Spiders have taste buds on their legs, so when they get close to something that they don't like the taste of, they run away. Mint tea is one of those things. By keeping mint tea bags around the places that spiders come into your home, you can kiss your spider problems goodbye.
One reason that I like using mint tea bags rather than chestnuts is because I enjoy the tea's air-freshening effect. This is definitely one of the best-smelling home remedies for spiders.
I place tea bags on the insides of windows and around the insides of doors. This not only drives the spiders away, but it also keeps my home smelling minty-fresh!
In extreme situations, common home remedies to keep spiders out of the house may not be effective enough. This is especially true with intense, chronic infestations.
If you want to resolve your problem for good, you may need to take a stronger approach to eliminating spiders that venture into your home.
There are a number of different all-natural sprays that can be used on sight to rid your home of unwelcome spiders. In addition, there are electronic devices that produce an ultrasonic tone. The noise can't be heard by humans, but it's a strong spider deterrent.
The most important thing is to select something that you can use safely within your home, and that has a proven track record and positive reviews.
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