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Our natural spider deterrent top tips and 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 natural spider repellent ideas.

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, and you’d like to keep them away here’s a few natural spider deterrent* ideas you can try.

Natural Spider Deterrent

Spider deterrent – keep things tidy!

When looking at how to deter spiders a really important thing to do is to keep your house tidy and clean!

Vacuum the corners and under the furniture regularly, disturb any dark corners where spiders might get cosy.

This is one of the easiest and most effective spider repellent methods!

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. Place them 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 spider repellent method!

Homemade spider spray

Spiders are supposed to HATE peppermint! So I mix up my own spider deterrent spider spray!

To mix up my peppermint oil spiders killer spray 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! And especially around external doorways.

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.

Yield: 200ml bottle

How to make spider spray

Homemade spider spray - a natural spider deterrent made using natural ingredients

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost £2

Materials

  • 200ml warm water 
  • Small squirt of Ecover washing up liquid 
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 tbs white vinegar 

Tools

  • Spray bottle 
  • Funnel
  • Tablespoon 

Instructions

  1. Pour the warm water into the spray bottle.
  2. Add in the washing up liquid, peppermint oil and white vinegar
  3. Screw the spray bottle lid on and give the bottle a swirl to mix the ingredients.
  4. The spray is now ready to use.

Notes

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.

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Spider Killer – Get a cat!

Get a cat. They see a big spider as something to catch and kill.

Spider deterrent – weather seal strips

When looking at how to keep spiders out of the house, making sure you have weather seal strips on your external doorways is a good idea.

Not only does it stop spiders crawling under the external doors and into the house it also cuts down on heat loss from your home.

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.

Spider Catcher

If you do spot a spider in your home and like me you can’t pick it up then try a humane spider catcher to catch the spider so you can release it outside.

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More Homemade Cleaning Products to Try

  • Homemade ant spray – a blend of essential oils and natural products to deter ants from coming in the house.
  • Homemade Glass Cleaner – get super clean and streak free windows and mirrors with our easy DIY glass cleaner spray.

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*Disclaimer – I can’t guarantee any of these will be 100% effective –  but they sure make me feel better about the whole thing! 

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