Let me be honest with you, I do not like uninvited guests residing in my home. This is particularly true when it comes to insects but even more specifically spiders.
Natural Spider Deterrents- Make your Own
I know that the species of spiders is very beneficial for the world. The majority of spiders are harmless. They eat tons of insects. In fact they are the most dominant predators on the planet, and do a great job at keeping the insect population under control.
Their webbing that they spin is one of the strongest materials in existence. This webbing or silk even bets out Kevlar (the material in bullet proof vests) in strength. Researchers and Scientists are still trying to replicate the spider’s silk on a molecular level in hopes of being able to recreate it for huge medical and safety advancements.
And, when it comes to importance of spiders, it has to be mentioned that no one should ever forget Charlotte’s web reminding us always to stay “humble”.
But, even though I know all of this; it doesn’t seem to make a difference when I see one crawling down the wall, or dropping from the ceiling. They just freak me out. I think it is the eyes, and probably all of the horror movies I have seen with them too. Who knows, maybe it is just a girl thing. But, one thing is for sure, I would prefer that they would not be in my house. So, what to do… research of course and find ways to ensure that I am not allowing a spider breeding ground where I reside.
Not going the traditional pesticide route because I have small children and a zoo of pets, I stumbled upon a couple of great ways to reduce the amount of spiders in my home. I figured since spiders typically scare others too, I would share this information with all of you as well.
One of the first steps in keeping a spider free home is to keep it tidy. Spiders love clutter. Clutter allows ample hiding places for them. Spiders typically like to live in your homes crevices, corners, and lesser manned areas of your home such as under the beds, closets, basements, attics, and garages. By keeping a tidy house, you are eliminating their hiding places.
If possible, keep all vegetation around your house such as trees and bushes, cut and trimmed. Spiders love to live in plants and ivy vines, but this beautiful vegetation can turn into a spider haven. If you are able to move any potted plants away from doorways and entrances, this also moves the spiders away. Another tip is to keep your lawn mowed and maintained.
Where ever there is spider food; there will be spiders. So, by the same logic, if there is no food source available, the spiders will move on. This becomes important in the case of trash cans and flies. Spiders love flies, and flies love trash. If possible consider moving your trash cans in the opposite direction from your home’s entrance. This will lessen the chance of a spider entering your home when the temperature outside changes and they are seeking out warmth. The same logic applies if you leave outside lights on. Lights attract insects, especially at night. Nobody wants a beacon of light showcasing your home as the hip place for insects to be; it is best to turn these lights off at night. However, if you have an outside night light that stays on for safety reasons, you may want to consider switching the light bulb to a sodium vapor light. These types of lights do not attract insects like regular lights do.
When it comes to precautions with insects inside the home, anytime there is left out food, insects like ants and flies are attracted. By covering the leftovers and wiping off counters and prep space, you are lessening the chance that insects will be attracted to the scent of human food. Vacuuming your house daily also reduces the crumbs we leave behind that attract insects. The key to remember is no insect food source equals no spiders.
As a final precaution, seal any cracks that may lead indoors. Pay close attention to your windows and doorways. A sealed house is a spider free house.
Now, there are also some natural deterrents that you can use to make your home less inviting to spiders. As with anything you are trying for the first time, you will want to test patch first in a small inconspicuous area of your home. You do not want to ruin any surfaces or fabrics of your home.
Spraying your home’s entrances, window frames, and any cracks with certain essential oils deters spiders away. These oils are best made with a measurement of 2 tsp of essential oils to 1 cup water. Adding a few drops of dish detergent allows for a consistent solution so the essential oils just don’t sit on the top of the water. Simply combine the three ingredients in a spray bottle, give it a nice hearty shake and spray away.
The essential oils that work best are:
Orange Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
If you do not prefer the spray bottle method, you may want to use the mixture on a cotton ball. Then, simply place the cotton ball in corners, crevices, or notorious spider hang outs of your home to deter spiders from taking in residence there. Just remember to test first.
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