Spiders are harmless little creatures, and while no one wants house spiders, they’re very beneficial, especially if you have a garden or any plants that you want to grow. Spiders eat many of the pests that come to eat your plants and crops, so keep this in mind before pushing them away with a natural spider repellent.
Let’s dive right in with a few of the top repellents to keep these eight-legged insects away.
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8 Natural Spider Repellents
1. Herbs and Essential Oils
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Spider control is easy if you have a few herbs and essentials oils around. Essential oils act as an effective spider deterrent, and you can choose a variety of different oils or herbs to make your own spray.
A few of the oils I recommend are:
- Tea tree
You’ll want to be cautious of these oils, as they can irritate the skin or cause your clothes to stain. The good news is that these oils will kill a spider, and the oil will also keep the spiders away.
I recommend mixing:
- 5 – 10 drops of any essential oil above.
- A dash of dish soap.
- 12 ounces of water.
Add all of these ingredients into your spray bottle and shake it up. Spray these areas weekly.
2. Plants Around Your House
I love keeping plants around my house. Not only do these plants and herbs smell great and have a real function, but they’re also great for keeping spiders out of the garden. Remember that spiders will eat the pests in your garden, so it may not be a wise choice to keep them out for good.
But if you have household spider infestations or have a dangerous spider lurking around, you may be in need of some spider control.
Spider-repelling plants include:
- Lemon Verbena
Most lemon-based plants are great spider repellents. The good news is that these all work by just planting them in your garden, so there’s no fuss or needing to remember to put down sprays or anything of the sort.
The plants will do all of the work for you.
Just remember to water them once in a while.
3. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth, or DE, is a fine powder that has the ability to break through hard shell and exterior to dry out insects. The great thing is that this repellent, or killer, can be used for all sorts of bugs.
But this works best indoors, and we’ll see why in a minute.
DE is fossilized algae, and while it’s harmless to humans, it is very sharp to small bugs and spiders. The edges will cut through the exterior of the animal and will cause the spider to lose fluids.
Ultimately, DE forces insects and spiders to become dehydrated.
And the reason it works best for indoor spiders is that you need to spread this substance in areas where spiders walk. If the spiders come in contact with DE, it will coat their body and will begin working shortly afterwards.
Fat happy spiders will soon be deceased spiders when they come in contact with DE.
I would have never thought that one of the best spider repellents would be horse chestnuts, but for some odd reason, and no one knows why for sure, spiders stay clear of these nuts. There is some anecdotal evidence that the oils in the nut are what the spiders don’t like.
And some people say that this repellent works best if the nut is broken in half.
Simply place these nuts in any potential spider habitation, and you’ll find that they’ll stay clear of the area. A few places I recommend placing them are:
- Near doors
- Near small gaps
A natural method, this is better than using chemical spider repellents or spider killer sprays that can harm children, adults and small animals, too.
5. Glue Traps
While not a natural repellent, glue traps are a great way, along with using traditional filtered vacuums, to get rid of spiders. You’ll find plenty of these traps online, and you’ll also find them in a lot of home improvement stores, too.
6. Tobacco Spray
Tobacco has been shown to kill insects, and it will also keep spiders away. This should be a last ditch effort to keep bugs away in your garden because it will kill the beneficial ladybugs and can also cause harm to your plants.
And again, spiders are beneficial for your garden, too.
If you want to make this spray, you can:
- Boil a gallon of water
- Place one pack of chewing tobacco in the water
- Allow the mixture to cool
- Add 1 cup of tobacco water to your hose
Again, this is a method that works, but exhaust all of your other options first.
7. Citronella Air Fresheners
You can plant citronella in your garden, or you can buy citronella candles to burn. This fragrance is one that insects hate, and it’s natural and easy to make, too. If you don’t want to plant citronella or burn a candle, find citronella essential oils, add a few drops to a squirt bottle filled with water and spray around the home or infested area.
Saltwater will kill spiders fast, and all you need to do is:
- Add 1/8 cup of salt.
- One gallon of water.
- Mix together.
- Add to a spray bottle.
You can spray this mixture on spider egg sacks or directly on a spider. This is a readily available spider repellent that works very well.
More on Spiders
Spiders may be scary and some contain venom, but there’s very little risk of you dying from even a venomous spider. These spiders are also very beneficial, and they’re just looking to live in your space – no rent included.
1. Reasons to Like Spiders
Spiders look much worse than they are, and there are actually a lot of reasons to like spiders, including:
- Spiders offer natural pest control.
- Spiders help feed other animals.
- Spiders have lived for hundreds of millions of years.
Given the fact that spiders eat mosquitoes, this should be reason enough to leave them alone in the wild.
2. Fear of Spiders
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders, and this is the main reason for people seeking natural spider repellent; people are horrified by spiders. It’s estimated that 4% of the world’s population has a very serious fear of spiders – that’s millions of people.
Spiders are beneficial for your garden, and they also play a major role in keeping the insect population under control. Whenever possible, try to use a repellent versus a pesticide or other method of killing spiders.