Spiders are not the type of creatures we would want to see in our homes. Yes, they do help in getting rid of flies and other insects.
However, spiders do bite and some spiders and venomous (such as brown recluse or black widow). Spider bites do require treatment.
Most spiders live outdoors but could come indoors, through cracks and crevices, in search of food and shelter especially during winter.
Here are some good practices, to observe, when dealing with spiders;
- Keep your ventilators and windows close in the evenings to prevent spider entry.
- Try to reduce the quantity of debris, mulch, and stones around your home.
- Seal all cracks and crevices with caulk or other types of sealants to prevent spider entry.
- Repair or replace or damaged window and door screens.
- Get rid of old papers as they tend to attract spiders.
- You may consider turning off outdoor lights at night as these lights attract insects that spider feed on.
- Keep your home clean, both indoors and outdoors.
Below are 26 home remedies, traps, and repellents to get rid of spiders;
1. Liquid Dish Soap
Liquid dish soap is a simple yet effective home remedy to get rid of spiders in your home. It repels the spiders which then makes their way out of your property.
Add a few drops of liquid soap in 2 cups of water and mix well. Fill this solution in a spray bottle and apply it to the affected areas. You may also use this easy homemade spray on plants infested with spiders. It will also interfere with the spiders’ egg cycle, thus, reducing their population.
2. Black Pepper
The smell of black pepper irritates the spider and they run away from it. To prepare a black pepper anti-spider spray, mix 2 teaspoons of black pepper powder in 3 cups of water.
Put this solution in a handy spray bottle. Shake well and apply it to their bodies. Black pepper is also useful in repelling others insects and lizards. Make sure to protect your eyes and cover your nose while using the spray.
Citronella has a strong fragrance that is disliked by most insects including spiders. Use a citronella spray around your house to deter them in a natural and effective way.
Spiders can’t stand the smell of garlic. Hence we can use it to effectively deter the spiders. Just extract the juice of 10 garlic cloves and mix it with a little water.
Spritz this solution in the places where you frequently notice them. Don’t forget to spray on corners of the walls and shelves and around their web.
Sprinkle cinnamon around the house to repel the spiders. The strong smell irritates the insects and drives them out of the house. You may also make a solution by mixing the cinnamon powder in water and filling it in a spray bottle. Spritz it near the affected areas to get rid of spiders.
6. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is a great insect repellent. The strong smell deters most insect and even rodents in an excellent way. Just put a few drops of lavender oil in a flower vase filled with water to repel spiders from your home. You may also put a few drops of the oil on cotton balls and place these in the affected areas.
Spiders hate the smell of citrus fruits. Therefore, lemon helps in warding them off in a natural way. Just extract the juice of 2 lemons and mix it with water. Pour this solution into a spray bottle and make the spiders run away. Alternatively, sprinkling powdered dry lemon peels in nooks and corners will keep spiders out of your house.
Turmeric is a potent insecticide and is capable of repelling spiders. Sprinkle turmeric powder on your pantry shelves and garden to get rid of them. Avoid sprinkling it on walls and light colored objects as it may stain them yellow.
9. Horse Chestnut (Conkers)
Placing horse chestnuts around your house, especially in the corners, will drive away spiders and prevent them from entering your home. The shells of horse chestnuts have a substance which is toxic to the spiders and deters them in a natural way. Make sure you poke some holes in the shells, before placing, them to release the odor.
10. White Vinegar
White vinegar has a strong sharp smell that is disliked by the spiders. Make a spray solution by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and water and spray it on the affected areas.
If you have too many spiders in your cupboards, consider placing cedar shavings or chips in the corners, drawers, and shelves of your cupboard. This harmless technique is highly effective in repelling spiders and other insects. Cedar oil can also be diluted with water to make a spider repellent spray.
12. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a potent insecticide and works well in banishing spiders from your home. Mix it with vinegar and spray it around the house to enjoy a refreshing smell while eliminating the spiders.
13. Baking Soda
Bugs and spiders detest baking soda. It is a non-toxic insecticide that helps in getting rid of a variety of insects. Sprinkle it around your house to keep spiders as well as other insects away.
Since baking soda is harmless, it can be used around food areas, such as near the stove, on the pantry shelves as well as drawers where these spiders are found most.
Cloves have a distinct smell due to the presence of the substance eugenol. This makes it an excellent natural pesticide that works on a wide array of pests present in the house.
Placing a few cloves around the house would help in keeping your house free from spiders for a long time.
15. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is another essential oil that helps in eliminating the spiders from your house. Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in water and spray it in the infested areas.
If you have a eucalyptus tree nearby, collect some of its leaves and place it in drawers, cupboards, and shelves.
16 Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic white powder which has microscopic sharp edges. When a spider walks over it, these edges abrade the skin of spiders. As a result, the fluid of their body leaks out and they die out of dehydration.
Sprinkle the powder around the perimeter of your house, especially near the cracks and crevices. Do not put water or wet it as the powder only works when dry.
Spiders hate tobacco and move out of the house when tobacco is used as a repellent. Just slice open a cigarette and place the tobacco in the affected areas. You will soon see all the spiders getting repelled. Lectin, in tobacco, has pesticidal and insecticidal properties against numerous pests.(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21429537)
18. Peppermint Oil
The strong refreshing smell of peppermint is annoying for the spiders. Therefore it drives them out of the house. Make a solution by adding a few drops of peppermint oil in water and spray it over their bodies or at places where you see them frequently.
19. Vacuum Cleaning
Vacuuming your house on a regular basis is not only helpful in keeping many insects away but also eliminates spiders from your home. Since their bodies cannot withstand the pressure of a vacuum, they easily get cleaned by it.
Make sure to keep the spider prone areas, such as beneath the bed, behind the sofa, ceiling, and bookshelves, as clean as possible.
20. Scented Candles
Scented candles are an effective way to repel spiders. Simply light up scented candles with citronella, lime or lavender scent. These would repel spiders from your home.
21. Orange Peels
Spiders hate the odor of orange peels. That is why orange peels are a great repellent for spiders. Limonene, present in the rinds of oranges, has insect repelling properties.
Place the orange peels in places of mass spider infestation. The spiders would clear off that places. If the pungent smell of the orange peel begins to dissipate, you could press the peels, with a hard object, to ooze out more scent.
Salt is a natural poison to spiders and it also tends to dehydrate the spider when the spider comes in contact with it. This is a very friendly and natural way to get rid of various bugs, not only spiders.
Simply dilute salt with water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the saline water liberally around your home especially areas you often see spiders. You could also sprinkle salt around your home for the same effect.
23. Mint Tea:
The strong minty flavor of mint tea repels spider. Simply place your used mint tea bags around areas you often see spiders. Alternatively, you can open a fresh mint bag and sprinkle the dust around a spider infestation.
24. Indian Lilac:
Indian lilac is an effective spider repellent. You could use the powder or the oil. You could mix either the oil or the powder with water and put in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture around spider infestation and see them get deterred.
25. Tomato Leaves:
Tomato leaves can be used to make a spider repellent spray. Simmer a handful of chopped tomato leaves in boiling water for 5 minutes. Leave the tomato leaves to steep into the water until it cools. Transfer this cooled down mixture into a spray bottle. You could also add a little liquid soap. Spray this mixture on any spider infestation to deter them. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16393894)
26. Get A Cat:
Cats are effective in keeping spider population at bay. As such, if you have been contemplating getting a cat, this might just be the time to do so as they would also help with your spider infestation problems because of cat’s natural hunting instinct.
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