Spiders are part of our daily lives and can even be beneficial when they set up in our gardens. However, they are often unwelcome guests in the home. Although getting rid of all spiders is not possible, you can make your home less attractive for them. In this article, we’re going to focus on the natural, safe and effective methods that will keep these arachnids out of your home.
- White Vinegar
Almost everyone has vinegar in their home for cleaning or cooking. However, vinegar can also be an excellent spider repellent. The great thing about this option is that it’s completely harmless to humans. All you have to do is mix water and vinegar in equal parts in a spray bottle, and then apply it around your windows and doors to prevent spiders from coming in. You can also spray it in rooms of the home that you want to keep spider-free.
If the smell of vinegar is too strong for you, you can use citrus. Simply having a bowl of citrus on your kitchen counter is enough to keep that area protected from spiders. To apply citrus as a repellent around the home, all you have to do is rub citrus peels in the targeted area. You can also use orange peels to make vinegar less pungent, by letting a couple of peels in vinegar overnight, and then create the water and vinegar solution to spray it around.
Mint is another excellent natural pest repellent that smells great. Most bugs, including spiders, hate mint. You can either use crushed mint leaves as repellent, or you can create a peppermint essential oil solution with water and spray it around the home. Mint tea bags work as well, and if you have a garden, you can grow mint to keep spiders out of it.
- Diatomaceous earth
Many people don’t know much about diatomaceous earth (DE). Diatomaceous earth is composed of the fossilized remains from a specific type of algae called diatoms. This powder is both inexpensive and highly effective. It is also non-toxic, and it works by absorbing the moisture from an insect’s body. In order to apply it, all you have to do is sprinkle it on the targeted areas.
Removing an infestation
While these repellents are great at keeping spiders out of certain areas, they do not really remove an infestation. As such, if you are dealing with black widows and brown recluses, it’s best that you call over a pest control pro. Contact us today if you have a spider infestation and you want it removed.