As we have seen the first day of spring come and go, with the weather showing promise of getting warmer, it is now that time of year again where those pesky insects start their unwelcome trek into our homes. While many pesticides you find in your local supermarket can rid you of these loiterers, there are several ways to create your own natural remedies using ingredients found around your home. Benefits of using these natural remedies include: no harsh chemicals, making them ecological friendly, and they are also pet/child safe and nontoxic.
Peppermint oil has been said to help fend off spiders and most other insects as well; including wasps and yellow jackets. It is unsure why essential oils may repel spiders; perhaps because spiders smell and taste through their legs they avoid walking in the oils?
To create the peppermint oil mixture simply dilute 5-6 drops of peppermint oil with water, pour into a spray bottle for convenience; then, spray around windows, baseboards, or anywhere else spiders might use as entry ways into your home. You can also place 1-2 drops of peppermint oil onto cotton balls to then place into corners or other locations spiders may be hiding.
Using these peppermint oil methods can repel spiders for up to seven days. Again, using essential oils is a great way to prevent skin irritation for both pets and children.
Like peppermint, it has also been alleged that spiders dislike citrus (lemon, orange, and grapefruit.) Use the rinds of these citrus fruits to rub on window sills, doorways, and/or baseboards to deter spiders.
Aggressive Spider Repellent (outside spray) perimeter
For a more aggressive spider repellent use the following recipe:
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon oil
1 cup pepper
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
Use this mixture as an outside spray for around the perimeter of your home.
Test out these natural spider/pest repellent mixtures and see how they work for your home!
Brandy Goodman, employee since 2017, is the Human Resources Office Manager of COVERT Cleaning Inc. of Montana. Regularly attends Chamber of Commerce events to further continue to grow COVERT Cleaning’s presence within the community.