Alright, we know spiders are helpful with our ecosystem and that their venom can help some diseases found in humans, but, and this is an incredibly huge BUT, they’re not wanted in our homes – aside from the small percentage that enjoys researching spiders or having them as pets.
Can you really be comfortable knowing that while you sleep at night a hairy, eight-legged, creepy eyed crawler is violating your body without permission? Nope. Our tender sides also tell us not to harm them and just find a more natural way to keep them out of the home before the house cat gets to it. We’ll stay out of your web you stay out of our house! Check out this creepy crawly list of 15 Natural Ways to Rid Your House of Spiders.
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Only a face a mother could love. But don’t mommy spiders let their babies eat them for survival reasons? Anywho, enjoy the list below.
#1 White Vinegar
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Vinegar is a strong scent that spiders don’t like and if you pour some vinegar and water into a spray bottle and spray at every corner, crack, and household crevice you will discover less and less Charlotte’s and their webs creeping up.
#2 Essential Oils
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Any mixture of essential oils (lavender, pepperment oil, etc.) and water poured into a spray bottle will keep the spiders away, as with the vinegar and water mix, spray this concoction in tiny crevices and entryways you see spider activity.
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Sprinkling tobacco around the high traffic spider areas will keep those eight legs from crawling over the barrier of your comfort zone. They can’t stand the smell of tobacco and won’t bother setting up vacancy or eating in a home that reeks of it – Basically snubbing your home as if t were motel 6.
#4 Turn Off Porch Light
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Here’s the thing, spiders don’t care about the porch lights (light doesn’t attract them). However, the porch light will attract its yummy appetizers and meals.
Other bugs love the light and will fly around it finding their way to a hungry spider’s web. Turn off the porch light when not in use and you can knock out a bunch of birds (or insects) with one stone. You don’t want spiders or flying bugs hanging around the home.
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The smell of curry cooking in the kitchen is enough to toss diets out the window but to the itsy bitsy spiders they will simply lose their appetite and won’t even come in to check the rest of the menu (bugs lurking around) and head out.
Sprinkle this stuff around the crevices or cracks the spiders travel through and enjoy the smell of curry.
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Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is not the toon spider’s will be whistling on the next Christmas holiday as the scent of the nuts repel spiders because of a chemical that is in the smell. Lay out some on the corners of your home, garage, window sill, etc. Enjoy a lovely holiday free of spiders.
#7 Caulk the Cracks
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Block their entryway with caulking. If your home shows any signs of cold air coming through with a shut door or window, then chances are there are gaps and cracks going unnoticed – that is by humans as spiders notice this flaw and crawl through freely. Stop them by caulking up the window casings, doors, and windows by sealing the gaps.
#8 Citrus Peels
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The smell of citrus is lovely in the morning hence the cup of O.J. that find its way to breakfast tables around the world but to spiders, it’s like drinking swamp water because of the smell. Take some citrus peels and rub the exterior onto cracks, crevices, window sills, just about everywhere those hairy legs like to travel.
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Spiders don’t like cedar so head off to the home stores (Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.) and pick up an affordable bag of cedar mulch and sprinkle it along the entryways these intruders travel.
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We’re starting to see a trend here with repelling spiders which are everything we humans love to smell work like old socks to a spider (ants, also). Hunt through your fridge and cupboards and spray all the good smelling stuff – kidding but light up some cinnamon scented candles or lay out the sticks by their entryways (or ground cinnamon) and begin seeing less of them.
#11 Diatomaceous Earth
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Diatomaceous Earth may feel like baby powder in our hands can feel like knives in the legs of a spider (or ant). If you make a barrier along the edges of the wall and inside tiny cracks, they will not crossover as these cuts can create leaking of fluids essentially causing the spider to dry up and die.
#12 Hedge Apple
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The chemical compounds in the hedge apple (Osage fruit) contain the spider repellant which will need extracting, but leaving out the peels and the fruit juice can be effective, as well.
#13 Baking Soda
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Bag to the leg sensitivity. Spider legs are sensitive to powders, and baking soda is an affordable spider repellant. Sprinkle the soda anywhere you think there’s heavy traffic.
#14 Table Salt
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Spiders are snobs when it comes to smells as aforementioned. That said, they can’t enjoy the smell of table salt so pour a mixture of table salt and water into a spray bottle and focus on areas you see them crawl through and reapply every several days.
#15 Here Kitty Kitty
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A household cat is sometimes the best ways to deter unwelcome intruders (insect types not burglars) into your home. It’s not the nicest way to scare off spiders, but cats love hunting for prey and if they spot Charlotte getting too close to “mom and dad” they will protect you and have some fun while they’re at it. I’ve visually witnessed my two cats playing volleyball with the leftovers of a lizard patting it around – yuck!