Spiders are common pests that like to make a home in crevices, corners and in the less frequented areas of your home. Many species are harmless and help control flies and other household insects. However, some species are very poisonous. In any case, they are scary creatures that people prefer to eliminate from their houses.
Spiders typically live outdoors but the attraction of food and shelter will often bring them into our homes. Getting rid of spiders does not require an exterminator or any harmful insecticides. Never use poisonous chemicals around your home. There are plenty of natural repellents you can use to eliminate them from the inside and outside of your house. Here is the ULTIMATE guide to pest control methods for getting rid of spiders.
Step 1: Full Frontal Assault
The first step is the most obvious. Let these critters know that you mean business! Take a vacuum cleaner and start vacuuming up any visible spiders, eggs and webs. This method will not get rid of the entire population but it is a powerful first step.
Step 2: Fortify the Defenses
- Before we talk about using a spider repellent, we need to limit outside access to your home. Use caulk to fill any gaps around windows and doors. Caulk is also useful to seal openings around wires, faucets, cables and any other components penetrating to the inside of your house. If you have holes in your screens you can patch them with a screen repair kit. Insects are attracted to windows because of the light. Spiders are attracted to the windows because of the insects. If there are any openings there, they will find it.
- Covering your vents and chimney with a fine mesh screen is another great way to get rid of spiders and other insects.
- Always keep food and leftovers covered. Food attracts insects and insects attract spiders. Regularly sweep and vacuum your floors. Wipe down your table and counters, and do not let dirty dishes sit in the sink.
- Think about keeping your outdoor lights off at night. Again, the light attracts insects and the insects will attract spiders. You could also benefit from using opaque blinds to keep the inside light from shining through the windows. Yellow sodium vapor lights are also available. They are a much less attractive light source to insects.
- Getting rid of spiders will also require some minor maintenance on the outside of your house. Keep your trees and bushes trimmed and dead vegetation away from your home. Move as much clutter, debris and other items (like garbage cans) away from the perimeter of your home. Serious spider infestations may require you to relocate trees, shrubs and other vegetation away from you house. Vegetation offers great shelter and a readily available supply of insects to attract spiders. Eventually, the warmth of your home will attract them inside.
Step 3: Flanking Maneuvers (Peppermint Oil Repellent)
Using an effective repellent is the most important step for getting rid of spiders. This is where you finally gain the upper hand. First, let’s learn about the many benefits of peppermint oil. In addition getting rid of spiders, insects and mice, peppermint oil also has dozens of other amazing benefits. Peppermint oil is a natural method used to treat several problems such as:
- Getting rid of spiders in your house (naturally)
- Repelling other insects and rodents
- Cures indigestion
- Soothes an upset stomach
- Provides relief from colds, coughs, sinus congestion, asthma and bronchitis
- Inhaling peppermint oil relieves headaches
- Can be applied topically for pain relief
- Can be applied to a bath for soothing stress relief (my favorite application!)
- It is also commonly used to remove dandruff or lice from the scalp
- Some people even use peppermint oil to control acne outbreaks (I have never tried it for acne)
How to Use it for Getting Rid of Spiders
- First, begin to identify the areas where the spiders are hiding in your house. One way to figure this out is to look for cobwebs. Common areas for activity are behind appliances, the corners of walls and storage areas.
- Make your natural spider repellent by mixing 25-30 drops of peppermint oil, a teaspoon of dish soap and 1 quart of water into a spray bottle.
- Spray infested areas to get rid of spiders organically. You can also use the spray periodically as a preventive measure even after they are eliminated.
- For more powerful spot treatments, you can apply a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and begin leaving them in troublesome areas.
- Use caution when applying. Peppermint oil has a fantastic aroma but too much of it can irritate your throat and eyes.
- *You can substitute the peppermint oil with eucalyptus, tea tree or lavender oil if you desire.
- Tip: You can also grow peppermint plants in your house (you can get seeds here). Used in conjunction with other methods will create a strong barrier against insects, mice and spider control problems. Just like the peppermint oil, the plants have many other wonderful benefits.
The Best (and Cheapest) Place to Buy It
The cheapest prices I have been able to find on the best peppermint oil for getting rid of spiders are at Amazon.com. When using it to make a homemade spider repellent, I would recommend that you get at least a 1-ounce bottle.
I like to keep a 16 ounce bottle stored in my home. We use peppermint oil for many different purposes. If you regularly read my blog, you’ll be blown away by all the wonderful applications it has. I posted a link below for you to view the current prices. Just choose the size that is best for your needs and you’ll be on your way to getting rid of those pesky spiders in no time!
Step 4: Alternate Methods
Here is a list of other popular repellents that people use to get rid of spiders
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