There are many types of spiders and not all of them are pests. The ones that are though, tend to thrive in basements, damp parts of buildings, and crawl spaces. There are also types that like dry and warm areas, typically hiding in dark areas like upper corners of rooms and sub-floor air vents. Spiders feed on other spiders, insects, or other prey. They don`t have chewing mouth parts and typically use the digestive enzymes found in their saliva in order to break prey down. Spiders enter homes in two ways: The first one is through cracks and gaps around door and window frames and poorly screened doors and windows. The second way is accidentally getting inside boxes or other things that are brought inside. The suppression or eradication of insect population, especially spiders, can be quite difficult and many people have trouble suppressing insects from their home.
Most people are unaware of the fact that this issue can be solved in an all-natural and safe way. For instance, did you know that spiders cannot stand the smell of peppermint? Even though it sounds more like an old wives` tale, it is true that peppermint can repel spiders, and this fact is even backed up by scientific experiments.
Peppermint oil is an effective tool to get rid of spiders due to the fact that it contains a repellent chemical that keeps spiders at bay. Given that the oil itself is volatile in nature, you need to use it on a regular basis and after frequent intervals in order to make it work. Its strength starts declining in 12 hours, meaning that you need to apply/ spritz it constantly.
While there are a few ways in which you can use peppermint oil to repel insects, particularly spiders, the one below is the most effective!
- Take a spray bottle and pour 10-15 drops of peppermint oil to it.
- Fill the bottle up with water.
- Get a whiff and if the water does not smell minty enough, add a few more drops of the oil
- Spray your homemade insect repellent in gaps and cracks to keep spiders away and prevent them from entering your home
- Another option is to add a few drops of peppermint oil to cotton buds and put them in gaps, cracks, and areas that spiders use to enter inside
Amazingly, peppermint can help you repel mice your home, too. As you can see, this is the simplest, cheapest, and safest way to suppress pests.
Additional Tips on How to Keep Spiders At Bay
- Eliminate clutter from your house
- Clean your room regularly
- Spray gaps and cracks with white vinegar
- Place a couple of chestnuts along your baseboards of the house as well as on the windowsills
- Place the peels of citrus fruits in areas where you have seen spiders
- Simply place the peels in areas where you may have spotted spiders
- Spread pieces of tobacco in areas in problematic areas
- Sprinkle baking soda in problematic areas