While not as dangerous as some might fear, spiders are unwanted pests in many households. Learn how to get rid of spiders in the house using natural and preventive measures.
Essential Oils That Deter Spiders Naturally
Lavender is touted as a natural spider repellent ingredient. To get rid of spiders in the house, spray lavender oil in areas that spiders tend to congregate. To prevent the chance of staining fabrics with the lavender oil, make lavender sachets using dried lavender or lavender oil on cotton balls.
Another nice-smelling spider deterrent is made with lemon oil. A spray bottle filled with one quart of water mixed with one teaspoon of essential oil of lemon will repel spiders and smell pleasant. When using essential oils it is necessary to test on fabrics to make sure the mixture won’t leave a stain.
A blend of coconut oil and vinegar can also be an effective remedy for household spiders. Combine one-half an ounce of coconut oil with one quart of white vinegar and spray in areas away from fabrics because it might stain. Coconut oil is a semi-solid so it is necessary to warm it before mixing with the vinegar.
Always remember that essential oils are not the same as other oils. The consistency is more watery and they mix easily with other water-type liquids. However, take care not to get an essential oil around the eyes because it can burn.
Hedge Apples Drive Spiders Away
Osage oranges (mock oranges) or hedge apples are another remedy for people hoping to learn how to get rid of spiders in the house. These round inedible fruits are green with a bumpy rind and will dry up and turn brown in a few months. Hedgeapple.com suggests placing the hedge apples in plastic bowls or on plastic plates to prevent staining any surfaces.
The website sells hedge apples during the harvest season, but they are available for free throughout most of the United States. The trees were planted extensively during the late 19th and 20th centuries as fence rows and the green fruits can be found along most country roads throughout the Midwest and Great Plains.
Prevention Keeps Spiders Away
The Ohio State University Extension Service recommends prevention as a line of defense against indoor spider infestations. Sealing cracks, removing dead vegetation from around the foundation and clearing clutter from basements, closets and attics will give spiders fewer places to create a home inside a house.
A thorough vacuuming, including furniture and walls, can remove many unseen spider eggs. The Extension lists a reminder to immediately dispose of the vacuum bag outside. A non-toxic method to trap spiders is a sticky trap or glue board, often used for mice, placed in areas where spider activity is noticed.
None of the above-listed homemade remedies will actually kill the spiders. These methods will only cause the spiders to seek living quarters elsewhere. Pet owners can learn how to get rid of spiders in the house with this guide.
Sources and Image Credit
Ohio State University Extension Service - Spiders In and Around the House
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