Our top tips and natural remedies for keeping spiders out of the house this autumn!
It’s that time of year again…. Autumn, the season when spiders seem to want to head indoors and if like me your arachnophobia goes into overdrive then here’s some great ways to keep the spiders at bay!
Natural Ways To Keep Spiders Out Of Your House
Yes. It’s spider season. Now I know spiders are good, they eat pests, I get that. But if like me you’d rather they didn’t come inside the house, here’s a few natural spider deterrents*
Natural Spider Deterrents
Spider deterrent – keep things tidy!
Keep your house tidy and clean – vacuum the corners and under the furniture regularly – disturb any dark corners where spiders might get cosy.
Natural spider deterrent – conkers!
I don’t think it’s any coincidence that conkers are in abundance during spider season – mother nature wants to help you out right? Collect up some conkers and pop them around your home – on windowsills, in corners anywhere a spider might lurk. The old wives tale has it that conkers deter spiders.
Remember that conkers are poisonous to cats and dogs, so if your pets are the type that just can’t leave stuff alone, you might want to skip this method!
Homemade spider spray
Spiders are supposed to HATE peppermint! I use a spray bottle and mix up 200ml warm water, a small squeeze of Ecover washing up liquid and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and a splash of white vinegar.
I spray this wherever I think a spider might want to live! Be sure to do a test spray patch first though – I can’t guarantee it won’t mark or stain any surface which it falls onto.
Once mixed use the spray within 2 days. Remember that peppermint oil is poisonous for pets so don’t spray it anywhere they’re likely to ingest it.
Spider Killers – Get a cat!
Get a cat. They see a big spider as something to catch and kill.
Spider deterrent – weather seal strips
Make sure you have weather seal strips on your entrances to stop them crawling under the door and into the house.
Natural spider deterrent – cinnamon
Sprinkle ground cinnamon around your entrances, burn cinnamon essential oil or bake loads of cinnamon cookies! My grandma swore by cinnamon as a natural spider repellent!
Again… if you’ve got pets you might want to keep the cinnamon away from where they might ingest it.
*Disclaimer – I can’t guarantee any of these will be 100% effective – but they sure make me feel better about the whole thing!