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Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Spiders

Updated on October 2, 2014

Peppermint Oil

Natural Solutions

Spiders can be very helpful when it comes to getting rid of any other pests or bugs that enter your home, but that doesn't mean we want to invite them into our homes to come and live with us. Spiders typically like to live outdoors, but sometimes they can accidentally find their way into our homes. If you are someone who has arachnophobia like me or you just don't like to be around spiders in general, but you don't want to buy any bug spray, here are some natural ways of keeping spiders out of your home for good.

  • Peppermint Oil

Spiders absolutely hate the scent of peppermint oil! They can't tolerate it, so if you take a spray bottle that contains around 16oz of water, add about 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil to the water and spray this solution at any cracks or corners that spiders would be most likely to hang around the spiders will go in the opposite direction. Spiders have taste buds at the bottoms of their legs, so when they walk over or detect the intolerable peppermint oil, they will run the other way and stop bothering your home. Spray the solution on windowsills or any possible entrances to your home that a spider may be able to enter in to keep the spiders away. If you have an allergy or you yourself don't like the scent of peppermint oil, then eucalyptus oil will work in the same way, but personally I find the scent of peppermint oil to be more appealing.

  • Chestnuts

Like the peppermint oil, spiders cannot endure the scent of chestnuts as well as walnuts and the fruit of the Osage orange tree. But, unlike the peppermint oil, you cannot make a solution of water and chestnuts to spread around your home, but what you can do is place a chestnut in a place where spiders typically come into your home to repel them. If you poke holes in the chestnut, it will make the scent stronger for creating an even better effect for spider prevention.

  • Vinegar

Spiders cannot tolerate the scent of vinegar as well as the previous items I've stated above, so you can use vinegar in the same way as the peppermint oil, but vinegar is also good natural way for killing any unwanted arachnids if you don't have or want to invest in any spider repellent spray. What you can do is make a vinegar and water solution with fifty percent vinegar and fifty percent of water. If you spray your vinegar and water solution on the spider it will burn and die, due to the acetic acid in the vinegar. If you choose to use vinegar in the same way as the peppermint oil can be used, as in placing it on any cracks or windowsills to prevent spiders from coming in, if the spider walks over the vinegar it will die. If you don't like the scent of vinegar, then lemon juice can be used as a replacement. It works in the same way as the vinegar does.

Personally, I'm very squeamish when it comes to spiders. I have arachnophobia and don't like to go near spiders at all. The vinegar and water spray is very helpful for me, because I don't have to grab a tissue and squish them, I just spray them to death and then I just have to deal with cleaning it up.

Extra Tips On Spider Prevention

  • Cleaning your house

Spiders love to hide in the clutter of your home. If you want to make sure you wont be seeing any spiders in your home, clean your home. Vacuum under any tight furniture spaces like desks, beds, and especially bookshelves.

  • Get rid of close plants

I love having plants around my home, but there are certain spaces where you can remove your plants to prevent spiders from coming into your home. Spiders love plants as much as we do, so if you have any plants around the house you might want to take them away from any windowsills or entrances to the house, like if you have plants right by your doors you can just relocate them as an extra precaution.


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    • Mena Guy profile image

      Mena Guy 3 years ago from New York

      Haha! Same here! :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm always looking for new ways to make sure bugs are out of the house! Thanks for sharing this Menaguy!