When the weather changes, the spiders run indoors to get away from the elements. Some of the more harmless varieties are the spiders that I find annoying, because they are usually numerous and like to be in our house. And, in my usual way, I am do not want to call in the bug man with his toxic ideas of chrysanthemum spray that is not toxic to my family…right.
You need natural ways to keep spiders out of your home if you are going to keep your children chemically safe. Plus, in our neck of the woods, spiders are more common than scorpions. Plus, they like to come into our house. Yes, they are usually the harmless variety, but when kids are curious and you have a few nonpoisonous and poisonous spiders around, you can’t be too cautious. In Texas our two main species of poisonous spiders are the brown recluse and the black widow, and if you live in the country, they could be near and inside your house. This, of course, is an important issue for us.
What are some natural ways to keep spiders out of your home?
The best defense for any spiders is to clean up any clutter, remove webs you see, and/or caulk and seal the doors and windows around your home. This keeps the spiders out in their natural habitat, with their eggs, and away from your house, inside and outside. Spiders are great in the garden, helping you with unwanted garden pests, but when it comes to our home and the safety and welfare of our families, they are best left outside.
Apple cider vinegar
Even white vinegar serves many uses, one of which is to deter spiders of all varieties. Adding some or all of the following essential oils to a mixture of vinegar and water to help you take care of your problems with spiders.
Another natural substance, which helps us make our own laundry detergent and household cleaning products, is another deterrent for spiders. Sprinkle it around the door step and windows outside of your house, and it will actually kill them. If you are pro-spiders, this may not be a good option, but if you are worried about dangerous spiders and crawling babies, then you may like this choice.
This oil is a natural repellent of the brown recluse. You can mix it in a spray of vinegar and water, spraying it around doors and windows to keep them out of your house. You can also plant eucalyptus in a pot near the door, or flower beds around your home.
Citrus is another deterrent for spiders, spraying this around the perimeters inside and out.
Citronella, which is also a great bug repellent for the summer months, also repels spiders naturally.
Tea tree oil
Otherwise known as melaluca oil, this is also a natural spider repellent.
Peppermint contains an aroma which spiders particularly do not like. This, too, repels spiders when sprayed around door frames and windows.
While it repels scorpions, cedarwood also repels spiders. So, if you are spraying cedarwood around your home to repel scorpions, you are probably not seeing many if any spiders.
If hedge apples grow in your yard, or area of the country, they are known deterrants for spiders. Growing a tree near your home may also be of some help in keeping spiders from your house. Even setting out a basket on your doorstep or front porch can help.
Chestnuts, if you have them in your area, is another natural way to keep spiders out of your home, which many people swear by. Simply lay them out on your window seals outside your home, or place in a decorative container by the door, and you have another spider deterrent.