Spiders are everywhere, and can even be an advantageous method of pest control in your yard and garden. But this doesn’t mean you want them in your home! While it’s unrealistic to expect to get rid of all the spiders you encounter, there are steps you can take to make your home a bit less inviting for them.
Rather than use harsh chemicals, try your hand at these natural, safe and effective methods of spider control.
1. White Vinegar
Make your own vinegar and water spray to use as an organic pest control method for spiders. Vinegar doesn’t harm humans or pets, but they can turn off spiders that don’t like the sour taste and odor of the acetic acid contained in this liquid. Spray as needed around your home, especially in your kitchen and at entrances where spiders may be gaining entry. You can even use the vinegar and water mix to clean your bathrooms! It’s a win-win.
Place some citrus fruits in a bowl on your kitchen counter to keep spiders out. Rub leftover citrus peels along doorways and windowsills too. For a double whammy, soak the orange peels in vinegar, and add that combination to your spray bottle.
Mint is a natural pest repellent, so add some peppermint essential oil and water in your spray bottle. Add dried mint leaves to mesh baggies, and place them in your cupboards. Mint tea bags are another alternative.
4. Diatomaceous Earth
DE is comprised of fossilized remains of algae known as diatoms and their outer shell made from silica. This powder is white in color, inexpensive, non-toxic, and effective spider repellent. The silica in the DE works by dehydrating the pests and absorbing their moisture.
Mix one tablespoon of DE with water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray around the exterior of your home and at the perimeter of your garden. Just don’t inhale the DE dust and make sure you buy food-grade diatomaceous earth.
5. Cedar and Chestnuts
Sprinkle cedar chips around your home to deter spiders. You could also try placing horse chestnuts along windowsills or baseboards.
6. Remove Dust
It’s no secret that spiders like to make their cobwebs in out-of-the-way, dusty areas. When you keep your home tidy, you remove their preferred hiding spots and make it less likely that they will set up shop in your house. Regularly dust and vacuum all rooms, and don’t forget the basements and closets.
7. Maintain the Landscape
Keep your yard free from standing leaves, grass clippings, and wood piles, which are all places spiders love to hang out. Keep your bushes and shrubs pruned and weeds trimmed.
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