You love the earth, but there’s no shame in wanting your house to be yours — no spiders allowed. Fortunately, you can combine both your organic leanings and your love of an insect-free home with the following six natural ways to give you peace of mind in more ways than one.
1. Close the Door
The best way to get rid of spiders? Don’t let them in your home in the first place. Do a perimeter search of your property and get rid of piles of leaves or brush where spiders might try to make homes. Check around your windows and doors to pinpoint any cracks where they might be sneaking in. Finally, fill any holes you discover.
2. Keep It Clean
A regular cleaning regimen can work wonders if you’re dealing with unwanted spiders. It’s not that your house is unclean, but a more thorough cleaning — including dusting baseboards and crown moldings to eliminate any dust or spider webs — can deter insects.
3. The Cat’s Meow
No matter what kind of spider runs loose in your abode, you can rest assured it’s probably not a big fan of cats. A great way to get rid of spiders is to adopt a cat, preferably one that’s more proactive than lazy. Your cat will serve as your designated hunter, whether or not you’re home to tell it that there’s a spider on the loose. Cats have no qualms with chasing down insects and other unwanted pests.
4. Spray Goodbye
Strangely enough, spiders hate many scents that humans love, especially humans who love the smell of a clean house. One such example is peppermint. According to Safer Brand, spiders despise the scent, but we register it as something spicy and fresh. Use it to your advantage and fill a spray bottle with water and add peppermint essential oil. Spray it all over the house, especially in areas where spiders are prominent. No chemicals or cleaners are involved, and the spiders will not want to stick around.
5. Orange You Glad…
…that spiders hate the smell of citrus? It’s yet another fresh-smelling scent that you can use to your advantage. First, have your family eat a few oranges, or slice up a few lemons to make a refreshing pitcher of lemonade. Keep the rinds and rub them on the baseboards, moldings, and other surfaces in your home to keep spiders at bay. Or an organic, lemon-scented cleaner should deter them, too.
6. Cedar You Later, Spiders
Finally, you can use the scent of cedar to make your home resistible to spiders. This one’s a bit different, though, because it’s a scent that can be planted around the outside of your home as well. A cedar-chip perimeter might be enough to keep them away, and you can also stock your closet with cedar hangers and other naturally scented accessories. Like peppermint and citrus, this remedy will smell great to you, too — what’s a better solution than that?
I would like to say Thank You for this quest post that was kindly provided By — “James White” is a kombucha tea-sipping writer who focuses on homesteading and sustainable living via his family blog Homey Improvements. He also writes about DIY projects, home tips and green building. Find him on Twitter at @DIYfolks.