It's about that time here in Austin, Texas where you may be noticing an increase in these little critters inside your home. Even though they are generally harmless little things, nobody really wants spiders hanging around inside their house. But, how do you repel them naturally without hurting them, and without exposing your family to any potentially harmful chemicals?
PEPPERMINT - An easy way to keep spiders from invading your space is to fill a spray bottle with peppermint essential oil and water, and then spray it around your home. Bonus: your home will smell fresh!
KEEP IT CLEAN - Keeping your home tidy and free of dust or webs is the best way to keep spiders from moving in. Regular vacuuming, dusting, and de-cluttering will keep any insects from making themselves at home.
VINEGAR - White vinegar has has endless uses around the house, and repelling spiders is one of them. Repelling spiders with vinegar is much like repelling them with peppermint oil: fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water, and spray all the cracks and crevices around your home.
CATS - Cats are a great spider deterrent! Four legged furry friends can be great hunters and will definitely not let a spider crawl across the floor without going on the prowl and taking care of business.
CLEAN AND SEAL - A great way to keep spiders out of your home is to never let them in in the first place. Make sure the exterior of your home is free from leaves, grass clippings, wood piles, or any other notorious spider hangouts. You can also check all door openings and windowsills to make sure there isn’t room for spiders to get in that way, and apply caulk when needed.
CITRUS - Spiders hate all things citrus. Rubbing citrus peels on areas where spiders are known to frequent, like baseboards, windowsills and bookshelves, is a great way to keep them from coming around. Even using lemon scented furniture polish can drive spiders away. Another option would be to use orange oil in the same method as above with the peppermint oil.
CEDAR - Cedar can be a great deterrent for spiders. You can use cedar mulch outside around the perimeter of your home to try to keep spiders from ever getting inside. If you have access to a cedar chest or cedar hangers to use in your closet, that is a good choice as well. Using cedar blocks or shavings inside closets, cupboards or drawers can make them think twice about hanging out in there too.
CHESTNUTS - Believe it or not, chestnuts have been known to drive away spiders, so placing a few in your windowsills or along your baseboards can keep spiders from hanging out there. Many people also believe that the same thing can be done with an osage orange (also known as a hedgeapple) You can keep chestnuts and hedgeapples in the house for a long time before they go bad, so it’s worth giving it a shot!
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