They’re creepy and crawly and give us the heebie-jeebies. They can reduce even the bravest of us to tears even though we are thousands of times larger than they are.
If you live in a wooded area, spiders can totally overrun your home— both indoors and outdoors.
Though they are most visible in the summer and winter, they are lurking about as early as spring. We spot them dangling above our heads and hanging from the ceiling when we are at our most vulnerable points, like in the bathroom or bedroom. Or we see them completely covering our windows with webs from the outside.
I hate to use chemicals to kill these guys, but having them in my home and blocking my views from the window is where I draw the line. Thankfully, there are natural remedies for getting rid of spiders.
Here are 15 ways to get rid of spiders naturally:
1) Vacuum, Dust, and Clean
Spiders and lots of insects like to hang out in your home where they find dust and food crumbs so one way to get rid of these guys is to clean and dust as often as possible.
2) Baking Soda
Spiders also DO NOT like baking soda and will not go anywhere near it so you can sprinkle some anywhere you need to.
3) Natural Spider Repellent
Make an all-natural spider spray by mixing 1 quart of water, 3 drops of peppermint essential oil, 3 drops of lavender essential oil, and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Spiders aren’t too keen on the smell of cedar, so using cedar mulch around the perimeter of your home will help deter them from coming inside your home.
Spiders are said to be allergic to turmeric and will avoid it at all costs so you can leave some in your kitchen and elsewhere to get rid of them.
6) Citrus Peels
Spiders are put off by citrus smells so you can use their peels to keep them at bay. Cut the peel into quarter-inch chunks and place them in a pot and pour one cup of boiling water over them and let it soak overnight. Then strain out the chunks and mix the leftover liquid with a quarter cup of witch hazel. Shake well in a spray bottle and spray in areas where you want to get rid of spiders.
7) Dish Soap
Wash your dishes with lime scented dish soap to keep spiders out of your cabinets or leave a few drops of it in a small dish to make spiders flee. You can also mix dish soap with some water and spray the mixture on your plants to disturb the egg cycle of spiders.
Sprinkle cinnamon around your home and spiders will refuse to cross the line of cinnamon you sprinkled.
9) White Vinegar
The acetic acid content in vinegar will send spiders running. Mix in a spray bottle with equal parts of water and spray it everywhere you see spiders or their webs.
10) Eucalyptus Plants
The menthol fragrance from a eucalyptus plant will repel spiders. You can grow one in your home but it will need full sun, basic feeding, and watering. It will also make your house smell nice!