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13 Natural Ways to Rid Your House of Spiders

13 Natural Ways to Rid Your House of Spiders

13 Natural Ways to Rid Your House of Spiders
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Sure, it may be normal to have a spider show up every once and awhile in your home, but as the weather changes, you may see more invaders than you’re comfortable with. Spiders may either try to enter your house to escape the cold outdoors, or in warmer conditions, you may be opening up to spiders by airing out your house with unscreened windows and open doors. How can you keep those spiders away while keeping your home fresh?

Here are 13 natural ways to rid your house of spiders.

1. Make an essential oil repellant.

Here are some helpful and beautiful smelling oils which will keep your house smelling fresh and discourage spiders from entry: –

Mix 5 to 7 drops of one of these oils (or a mixture of different oils) with a splash of liquid soap, and a dash of vinegar. Combine in a spray bottle and then fill the rest with warm water. Spray this mixture around any possible point of entry for your spiders such as windowsills, door frames, and floor boards. You can also spray a bit in the corners of your home, in closets, or in spaces where spiders could potentially hide.

essential oil

2. Keep your house clean

Keep your house clean by dusting and vacuuming regularly. Spiders love to get cozy amongst clutter, so keep your areas tidy and clean with regular cleaning. It’s basically an invitation to see a spider web and not do anything about it so be diligent about sweeping up those webs any time you see them.

Keep your house clean

3. windows and doors

Spider proof your windows and doors. Keep any possible entry of spiders down by making sure your windows and doors are sealed. Also check your screens to make sure no areas have gotten loose and made an opening for spiders.

window screen
photo: magicseal.com

4. Clean up your yard.

Wood piles and bundles of leaves can make nice spider homes, so be sure to avoid extra debris like this in your yard when possible. Spiders also love tall grass, so keeping a trimmed lawn may help cut back on the problem. Outdoor storage can be a great thing to have, but spiders can also find refuge here. To avoid them making a home in your shed, properly seal up windows and doors.

Wood piles

5. Plant trees

It’s a surprising fact, but some trees can actually repel spiders. Trees which emit pleasant smells can often discourage spider populations. Eucalyptus is a great tree for such a task. It requires minimal maintenance while it’s lovely scent does double duty, delighting your nose and repelling spiders.

eucalyptus shrub


12 comments

  1. Jeannie Dellinger

    Thank you for all these beautiful ideas.

  2. When using the sprays on window sills etc, how often does it need to be reapplied?

    • 2-3 times a week to start with, But just see how it goes if you find they come in after 3 days , spray every other day until they get the message.

  3. You forgot food-grade diatomaceous earth! Apply it liberally around the exterior perimeter of your house and create a powder “poof/spray” bottle from a water bottle by poking a small hole in the cap and squeezing the middle of the bottle to make the power spray out. Then coat all yard plants/trees liberally. It works on all insects, is 100% non-toxic to pets/humans, and works really well. It is amazing for veggie gardens to keep out harmful bugs, unfortunately it also keeps out the good ones, so you need a good fertilizer.

    The only downside is it will look like it snowed in your yard for a day or two until it soaks in/spreads out. I repeat the process every month in the summer and am blissfully pest free! I do use the peppermint/water solution inside for the occasional ant invasion, that works amazingly well also!

  4. I would not recommend using tea tree oil or borax if you have pets or young children. Tea tree oil is deadly, as well as borax. It’s just not worth the risk.

    • Tea Tree oil is NOT deadly. I use regularly on myself as well as my dog when camping in a mixture to prevent the whole tick thing….we are still alive

      • I agree, tea tree oil is not deadly. I use it on my children. One drop on the nape of the neck helps repel head lice. We have used it for years. Pediatrician recommend! !!

      • Tea tree oil is deadly to cats. It is definitely not recommended to use on pets.

  5. Putting a few OAK Tree Nuts (the kind you can’t eat)
    around where spiders are and they disappear.

  6. You forgot Fire. Fire will rid your house of spiders!

  7. borax is not toxic for pets. My vet recommends it for flea control in the house.

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