At any time of the year, you can have spiders hanging out in the corners of your ceilings, or making webs across the expanse in your lampshades. While it's not difficult to eliminate them by using bug spray or tissues, you might want to keep them from coming into your home to begin with. There are some natural ways to get rid of spiders that can definitely help, and if all else fails, a simple call to the exterminator might be in order. First, here are some of those natural ways to rid your house of them.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils are great for helping you to relax or help heal aches and pains, but some of them are also good at getting rid of unwanted pests like spiders. Just take a spray bottle and use about 20 drops of essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, rose, citronella, lavender, or cinnamon and mix it with mostly water and you have an all-natural bug spray. You just spritz around windowsills, doors, and along floorboards too to help keep them out. You can also try using these oils in a burner and this method has proven pretty effective.
Vinegar is another one of those wonderful ingredients that are good for multiple purposes such as cooking, cleaning, and are also a great bug deterrent. Vinegar is a rather strong smell so you might want to dilute it a bit, and you can even mix it with one of the essential oils if you prefer to cut the smell. If you do like the smell of vinegar just mix about half white vinegar and half water in a spray bottle and spray your windows, doors, and floors to deter the pests.
While you are cleaning up in the inside of your home, it's a good idea to also clean up the outside of your home. When you have a lot of bushes or trees that might be overgrown or bushy around your house and perhaps close to entryways, keep them trimmed back and manageable. Also, remove any unused wood planks from around the house, remove ivy on your house's exterior walls and any other place they might be making their home outside.
You can also use fragrant plants like lavender, mint, or rose bushes under your windows to prevent spiders from entering your home. If you have windowsills large enough on the inside of your house, you could also have tea roses or lavender and mint for inside your house too. They do give off a nice smell and are useful in other ways too, like making your own potpourri.
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17 July 2017
How often do you double check your front door or make sure that your garage door is closed? Although installing a home security system and giving your children instructions about stranger danger might seem like second nature, some people forget that there are real safety threats sitting around their windowsills. My child was bitten by a poisonous spider a few years ago, and ever since then, I have worked to increase awareness about the importance of pest control. A little pesticide can keep dangerous bugs from seeking refuge in your home and threatening your family. My website discusses different ways to keep your kids safe.