Sharing your house with crawling and eerie spiders is something most people dislike. While spiders will help you get rid of flies and insects in the house, some are venomous and spider bites will need treatment. Especially, when you have babies, toddlers and aged people at home, it is mandatory that you must keep these spiders away. For food and shelter, usually spiders that live in your garden find their way inside the home. In rainy season and winters, they tend to look for a warm place and settle inside your house. Then, how to get rid of spiders in the house? Here are some effective home remedies to fend off these nasty critters in a natural manner.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Spiders
You can use simple products available at your home to make useful spider repellent sprays. Cleanliness and tidiness are just enough to get rid of spiders in house. However, even after keeping your house tidy if you see these crawling pals inside your house, then follow these simple home remedies.
1. Vinegar Spray
Take one cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle and mix it with two cups of water. Now spray this mixture around your house at the spider entry points, like the window, doors, ventilation, etc (1).
2. Liquid Dish Soap
This anti-spider spray made by mixing liquid dish soap with water is also a simple yet effective way to keep spiders away. If you use liquid dish soap of lime flavor, then it will be great. To evade spiders from your kitchen racks where you store your food jars, cutlery, etc., liquid dish soap is a recommended remedy.
You can also make a mixture by putting few drops of dish washing liquid in water. Spray this mixture on plants, it will disturb egg cycle of spiders (2).
3. Tea Tree Oil
You can get rid of spiders by using tea tree oil too. Mix tea tree oil with white vinegar and spray it in your wardrobe and other areas where you find spiders. The aroma of tea tree oil is something spiders totally hate (3).
4. Lavender Oil
Just like tea tree oil, lavender oil is a good spider repellent. You can sprinkle a dash of lavender oil in the spider dominated areas. Also, to avoid spiders from entering your house, just fill a flower vase with a little bit of water and add 5 drops of lavender oil to it. Now, keep the fresh flowers in it. The aroma of lavender oil stops the spiders to make their way to your house (4).
5. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil can also be used to ward off spiders. Be it non-venomous spiders or the venomous ones, the strong smell of peppermint oil will keep them under check. This oil is a natural insecticide (5).
6. Garlic Spray
7. Black Pepper
Black pepper is also an effective remedy to get rid of spider mites. The spicy black pepper can be finely grinded to make a powder. Use this powder to spray on spiders, lizards and other insects at home (7).
Note – Black pepper spray is a spicy insect repellent. Try to keep it out of the reach of children. Cover your mouth and wear glasses while spraying it, as it tends to irritate the skin and eyes.
8. Scented Candles
The scented candles are not just good for decoration, but they are good insect repellents too. Light scented candles with lavender, citronella, lime, etc., and the spiders won’t inhabit that place (8, 9, 10).
Citrus smell is something spiders hate. The smell of lemon stops spiders from crawling around happily. Mix lemon with water and use it as a spider repellent spray. You can also use lemon-flavoured hand wash, liquid soap, floor cleaner, etc., to avoid the entry of spider in home. Dry the lemon peels in sun, and grind them to make a powder. Now spray this powder at the required areas to make your home spider-free (11).
Just like lemon, you can use orange peel powder to drive spiders out from your home and garden. Limonene present in citrus fruits has insect repellent properties (12).
Turmeric is a great natural insect killer and can help you get rid of an array of pests. Spiders are allergic to turmeric, so you can sprinkle turmeric powder in your garden and also inside your kitchen to drive out the spiders (13).
12. Baking Soda
Sprinkle baking soda in the corners of your kitchen, at the kitchen racks and other places which are dominated by the spiders.
Salt is actually poisonous to spiders. This is also a safe, natural ingredient which you can use in your house to get rid of spiders. Mix salt with water to make an effective anti-spider spray and sprinkle it to hound out the spiders.
Use cloves to keep spiders away from home. You can either mix clove with water to make a spray, or can simply put a few cloves in the webs of spiders.
Putting a few chestnuts along your baseboards or in windowsills is also a superb trick to keep spiders at bay (16).
Herbal Remedies to Get Rid of Spiders
16. Mint Tea
The strong flavor of mint can also keep spiders away from your house. You can use mint tea bags in the areas, where spiders live in your house. You can also open mint tea bags and sprinkle mint tea dust around your house, so that the spiders leave the place as soon as they taste it.
Mint oil is also popularly used as insecticide (19).
17. Indian Lilac Oil
Indian lilac oil is a great insect repellent (20).
Dip a cotton ball in the oil, and apply it over your window sill, ventilation areas, etc. You can also sprinkle some oil on the vegetation you have in your kitchen garden, to avoid spiders occupying the area.
18. Indian Lilac Powder
If Indian lilac oil is not available, then you can also sprinkle dry Indian lilac powder all over your house. This powder is safe even if your kids touch it. It is a better option to get rid of spiders in the kitchen and garden, as it does not affect other plants and herbs (21).
Citronella is a natural spider repellent. Spiders hate the fragrance of this herb. You can use citronella sprays to clean your floor (22).
Spiders can’t tolerate the strong odor of tobacco. You can either spray tobacco by mixing it with water or vinegar, or make small tobacco balls by combining it with flour. Now place these tobacco balls in the areas invaded by spiders. They will either vacate or just die.
Lectin, a component of tobacco is used as a insecticide (23).
21. Tomato Leaves
If you have tomato plants in your garden then pick a few tomato leaves. Now blend them with water to make a spider repellant spray at home. You can keep this mixture in the refrigerator to keep it fresh for weeks (24).
Place cedar shavings or blocks in your wardrobes, drawers, and cupboards. It will halt the entry of spiders.
Alternatively, cedar oil can also be used to get rid of spiders (25).
23. Eucalyptus Oil
Soak cotton balls in eucalyptus oil and put them in cracks, corners and other spider infested areas. You can also place eucalyptus leaves in drawers and cupboards (26).
- Keep your windows and ventilators closed in the evening to prevent spiders from entering your home (27).
- Use blue light or insect repellent light in your garden or balcony to control spider population. It’s better to keep outdoor lights switched off in the evening, as they attract smaller insects to feed spiders (28).
- There are spider repellents available for garden in the pest control shops. These poisonous spider repellents can kill spiders, as they step on your plants. Try them out, but they are strictly for outdoor use only (29).
- There are also web eliminators available in the pest control shop. Consider buying this web eliminator. This is a special solution that not only eliminates spiders but also kills spider mites.
- Seal all holes in your home to prevent spiders from entering in (30).
- Keep your house and surrounding area clean . Remove woodpiles and leaves (31).
- Old papers tend to attract spiders, so do not pile up old papers, cardboards, books, etc., at your home.