It’s true that spiders serve their purpose in nature — and that’s exactly where they should stay, out there in nature. Still, they often make their way into our homes, which really sucks for those who have a strong fear of them. It’s also not a good thing because some spiders are poisonous. That being said, here are ten ways to keep spiders out of your home.
10. Use Hedge Apples
According to an article published by Reader’s Digest, you can use hedge apples to repel spiders. Now, some of you all are probably wondering, “What the heck is a hedge apple?” Well, we’ll tell you. Hedge apples are the yellow-green fruit produced by the Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) tree. So, how exactly can this fruit keep spiders at bay? The natural chemicals in them are believed to deter spiders. That being said, make sure you place them in areas where your kids or pets can’t get to them. According to Iowa State University, “the milky juice present in the stems and fruit of the Osage-orange may cause irritation to the skin. While the fruit has been suspected of being poisonous to livestock, studies conducted in several states have been negative. However, the fruit may cause death in ruminants by lodging in the esophagus and preventing eructation or release of ruminal gases.”
9. Use Garlic
Garlic isn’t only good for getting rid of vampires. You can use it to keep spiders out of your home, too. As it turns out, spiders don’t like the smell of garlic. Many people can’t stand it either, depending on how strong it is. That’s especially true when it’s on someone’s breath.
Just how much garlic you need to use depends on how much of the smell you can handle. That being said, you can put whole or crushed cloves into a spray bottle filled with water and spritz the concoction in corners, on floors and on skirting boards to deter spiders.
8. Turn Off the Lights
It isn’t that light attracts spiders. Rather, light attracts other insects that spiders feed on. Turning off the outside lights, then, will help prevent spiders from coming near your home. This goes for indoor lights, too. Keep them from shining outdoors by using opaque blinds and shades.
-If you must keep the lights on, opt for yellow sodium vapor lights. They’re less likely to attract insects because these bulbs tend to be more like sunlight.
-Opt for LED lights. They’re a good choice since they attract few or no insects, and they’re energy-saving.
7. Plant a Eucalyptus Tree in the Garden
Did you know that the strong medicinal scent of the eucalyptus tree repels spiders? Yep, it’s true. And, planting one in your garden can help keep spiders out of your home. If that’s not an option for you, you can always plant mint or lavender near your windows. Spiders hate the strong smell from those plants as well.
TIP: When it comes to other trees, shrubs, ivy, etc., it’s best to keep them at least eight feet from your home. That’s because spiders use them for shelter, plus they harbor the insects that spiders feed on.
6. Sprinkle Some Diatomaceous Earth Around
Diatomaceous earth is made of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of algae. It’s non-toxic, inexpensive, and effective at repelling spiders. All you have to do is sprinkle some around areas where you notice bugs. Or, you can mix a tablespoon of it in a spray bottle of water, shake it up well, then spray it around the outside of the house where you see spiders. And, perhaps the best part of all is that it will help keep other pests at bay too.
TIP: Make sure you purchase food-grade diatomaceous earth.
5. Place Chestnuts in Your Home
If you place a few horse chestnuts on the windowsills and along the baseboards of your home, you’ll be able to keep spiders away. And, the best part of all is that chestnuts last for a long time before going bad, so you won’t have to change them out often. Beware, though! According to an article published by Country Living magazine, horse chestnuts, or conkers as they’re referred to in the U.K., can be poisonous. That being said, please consult a veterinarian before putting them in your home if you have pets.
4. Use White Vinegar
White vinegar can be used for many things, from adding a dash of flavor to your food to cleaning dirty surfaces. It can also be used to control eight-legged pests. Spiders are highly sensitive to the acetic acid found in vinegar. That being said, here’s how to use it: mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the concoction around your home, focusing mainly on the kitchen and entrances where bugs may be coming in.
TIP: If you use vinegar to clean your kitchen and bathrooms, you’ve killed two birds with one stone!
3. Trap Them
If you’re looking for a more humane way to rid your home of spiders, you can simply try trapping them in a jar or glass and setting them free outside — at least 10 feet from your house. Of course you will need to follow some of the tips in this article to keep them from coming back. Just make sure to be extra careful when trapping these eight-legged pests. The last thing you want to do is touch or pick up a brown recluse or black widow spider! If you’ve been bitten by one of these little guys, you’ll need to seek medical attention right away.
2. Administer a Non-Toxic Pesticide
You could always take the traditional route and address the problem area(s) by administering pesticides. Just make sure it’s a non-toxic pesticide, especially if you have children and/or pets in the home — or even if you have kids or pets in the neighborhood. You never know when they may wander onto your property to retrieve a lost ball or chase after a cat (in the case of the dog, that is). Also, keep in mind that you will have to apply the pesticide more than once to completely get rid of the spiders since non-toxic pesticides work only upon direct contact.
1. Clean Up
Spiders love hanging out in dusty areas with lots of cobwebs, so vacuum your entire house from top to bottom. Vacuuming will also kill any spiders you may come across while cleaning. According to The Home Depot, “spider physiology is not strong enough to withstand the suction of most vacuum cleaners; the force will throw them against the tube or inner chamber of the machine, killing them almost instantly.”
And, while you’re at it, make sure you tidy up around the outside of your home, too. That’s because spiders like to hide in leaf piles, firewood stacks, grass clippings, compost, and vegetation. Make sure you check your windows and doors for any cracks spiders could crawl through, and seal them with caulk. You will also need to repair torn window screens and cover your vents and chimneys with fine mesh.
Your turn! What things do you do to keep spiders out of your home? Let us know in the comments below.