Spiders, most people would shriek upon seeing one. Despite the fact that they do keep away nasty pests, such as mosquitoes or flies, chances are, it’ll still be hard to tolerate them. Of course, no one would want to these spiders setting up a camp under the bed or inside the closet.
However, there’s no need to turn to pesticides nor insecticides. There are plenty of ways on how you could keep these buggers away from your home without harming them. Believe it or not, there’s more to worry about in a bottle of chemical pest control spray rather than the spiders you’re trying to get rid of.
- Essential oils, such as: Peppermint, Tea Tree, or Citrus
- Warm water
- Dish soap
Why essential oil: If you’re not aware, essential oils, like tea tree, peppermint, and citrus have a strong smell that could ward off spiders. Yes, we find this smell very pleasant, but for spiders, it’s something that they can’t tolerate and it’s too overwhelming for them.
Spiders use their two tiny front legs, known as pedipalps for a number of reasons. One of which is to assist in feeding, since they are similar to arms. With that, think about dunking your fingers in essential oil and then sticking food in your mouth, you wouldn’t want that, right? This is what happens to spiders. It’s silly, but essential oil keeps them away and it’s very affordable!
Why dish soap: The soap breaks apart water molecules and it makes the solute more consistent.
Recipe for An All-Natural Spider Repellent
What you’ll need:
- 5-7 drops of tea tree, peppermint, lavender, or citrus
- A reusable spray bottle
- Dish washing soap
- Warm water
- Vinegar (optional)
Pour 5 to 7 of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle and fill it up with 1/3 of warm water, then add a little of dish washing liquid. Give your homemade repellent a good shake. Though, before using it, don’t forget to get the hose attachment of your vacuum and let it suck up any old webs and eggs.
Test your bug spray, and spray it in the corners of window frames, door cracks, and places where the spiders might be lurking and see them dissipate. Likewise, you could also try adding a dash of vinegar in the mixture, but this could have an effect on some fabrics and surfaces, so it’s not always recommended.
Don’t worry: You can’t swallow them when you sleep
This probably won’t make you feel better about having several spiders lurking around your house and spinning cobwebs on your ceiling. Though, swallowing spiders during your sleep is a complete urban myth that has been scaring kids, and even adults for decades.
Well, even though there have been cases where an unfortunate person woke up with an insect in their ear, there’s a lesser chance that someone would swallow a spider. Obviously, these tiny critters aren’t on a mission to get eaten. Therefore, they wouldn’t risk sky diving into the mouth of a giant creature. However, if they do end up in your ear or mouth, that’s just really a very rare case.