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12 Natural Ways To Rid Your Home Of Spiders (No. 6 Will Do It FAST)

12 Natural Ways To Rid Your Home Of Spiders (No. 6 Will Do It FAST)

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You probably have heard the statement that you are “always within a few feet of a spider.” Several Internet sources cite a 1995 article by arachnologist Norman Platnick as the origin of that statement, which is a myth.

Spiders simply do not thrive everywhere humans go, so there are plenty of times you are far away from the nearest spider. Additionally, people often mistake other bugs – including dust mites, fleas and lice – for spiders.

However, it is true that most of us frequently find spiders inside our homes. Spiders like to hang out in corners and other dark spots, behind or below furniture, in cabinets, in basements, in garages and in the cracks and crevices of our homes.

Although most spiders are not dangerous, most of us would prefer they not take up residence where we do, especially if babies or small children are in the house. Here is our list of time-tested natural ways to keep your home spider-free.

1. Clean up the clutter inside. One of the main reasons we find spiders in basements, garages and attics is because we tend to have boxes and other stuff there where they can easily hide.

Reduce the clutter and sweep up dust and debris to make these areas less attractive for spiders. Also, remove cobwebs when you see them.

2. Cut back vegetation outside. Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed away from the exterior of your home, especially near doors and windows, as they provide good places for spiders to hide.

In addition, keep woodpiles, leaf pikes and other debris away from your home. Spiders will often live in these areas and then make their way into your home if it is close by.

3. Seal cracks and holes. An effective way to keep spiders out of your home is to lock them out by sealing cracks and holes in doors, windows and siding. (This, of course, is essential for keeping other insects out, too.) Install weather stripping and secure screens.

4. Adopt a cat. Cats enjoy chasing, catching and even eating spiders. Maybe this is your opportunity to adopt a furry friend.

5. Essential oils. You can make a natural “spider spray” with water and a few drops of essential oil. Spiders detest the smell of peppermint, making it an excellent choice. Simply fill a spray bottle with water, add about eight drops of oil, shake to mix and then spray wherever spiders frequent.

Another idea is to add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and place it in areas where you have seen spiders.

12 Natural Ways To Rid Your Home Of Spiders (No. 6 Will Do It FAST)

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Not into the smell of peppermint? Other essential oils to try are lavender, citronella and eucalyptus.

6. Diatomaceous earth (DE). This is a natural powder-like substance that that comes from the fossilized remains of phytoplankton. Sprinkle it around the perimeter of your home to keep spiders out. It works on other insects, too.

Diatomaceous Earth: The Best Natural Way To Get Rid Of Spiders!

7. Vinegar. You may have read about amazing uses for white vinegar in your home. Here’s another one. Fill a spray bottle with a 50-50 mix of water and white vinegar and spray it in cracks, crevices and corners of your homes. It will do a great job of repelling spiders.

8. Citrus. Save your lemon, orange, grapefruit and lime peels and then place them along baseboards, in corners or along windowsills to repel spiders. You will need to replace the peels every few days for best results. You also can use essential oils in citrus scents to get rid of spiders.

9. Baking soda. Like white vinegar, baking soda is a powerhouse around the home. You can sprinkle it in corners, doorways and windowsills to keep spiders – and other bugs — at bay.

10. Chestnuts. Here is one you may never have heard before. The odor of chestnuts really bothers spiders, so you can deter spiders by placing chestnuts in trouble areas. Poke a few holes in the nut to release the scent more fully.

11. Turmeric. This fragrant spice, which is in curries and other Indian dishes, is repugnant to spiders. Mix two or three tablespoons of pure turmeric powder with water and stir to make a paste. Then apply the paste with a spoon to areas where spiders congregate. (Please note that turmeric can leave a yellow stain, so take care where you place it.)

12. Salt. Common table salt can get rid of spiders. Simply make a saltwater solution and spray it into cracks and crevices to keep the creatures from entering your home.

Most common spiders are not harmful to you, your family or your pets. However, if you are unsure if a certain spider is poisonous or not, check out the Centers for Disease Control website.

What advice would you add? How do you keep spiders and other bugs out of your home? Share it in the section below:

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  1. We have found that hedge apples also work wonderfully. We had heard about them here in Ohio for repelling spiders, but last winter tried it for the first time. I placed 6 of them around our basement and we were almost spider free this whole year. And we have always had huge basement spiders. Will definitely get more this fall. The hedge apples will dry and shrivel up, and look ugly, but they are effective.

    • Hedge apples are another name for the fruit of an Osage Orange tree. My experience with them is anecdotal and others will swear that they don’t work. Take it for what it’s worth 🙂 I know I’m going to get more this fall and try it again because of the results we had last year.

    • Are hedge apples also known as horse apples? there’s an abundance of those here [north Texas].

  2. As most of us dislike spiders….keep in mind that spiders do consume other bugs that might be more harmful to us….keep this in mind…i.e. flies & beetle ,etc

    • This is exactly why I never kill a spider — they are just too helpful around the house. I usually won’t even put one outside unless it won’t leave someone alone (that happens once in a while), or unless I recognize it as possibly able to do a bit of damage to someone. My parents didn’t kill spiders, either, unless there was an invasion of biting spiders, which happened when I was a teen. Everyone in my family had at least one bite, so Dad had to do something about it. Otherwise, they went outside or were let be.

  3. When we built my house, I sprinkled DE inside the walls and behind the kitchen cabinets before they were enclosed. Not a singletter roach or spider in 6 years. It’s also great to put on the floor of a closet to keep moths from ever getting a foothold.

  4. Spiders are predators; the lions and tigers and wolves of the insect world. If you have them, especially a lot of them, they are there to hunt other bugs. You need to get rid of all the bugs, or they will just come back. Diatomaceous Earth is simply fantastic. Put it where it will remain dry for it to kill about every bug. It makes a tiny hole in their exoskeleton and they “dry out to death”. We actually are unharmed by it and cereal companies put it in most grain products. I.e. we eat it daily in many foods. Lucky for us, it kills most bugs and spiders. Great stuff! I also use it in the garden, but it needs to be replaced after a rain.

  5. Sticky traps. I use 4 in my basement and one under each of the beds by the headboard. Change the ones in the basement about every 4 months. The ones under the headboards last
    for more than a year. You just check them once in awhile. The ones in the basement end up having a really neat bug collections.

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