As the meld weather gets colder, plenty of unwelcome spiders are seeking sanctuary in our houses; you might find one in your bath tub or crawling on your pillow. Even if they are completely harmless little things, repel your creepy eight-legged intruders naturally without doing them any harm with the following techniques.
Spiders supposedly dislike fragrances thus are sensitive to strong smelling. Fill a spray bottle with several drops of lavender, rose or peppermint flavored oil and some water then spray your house down paying attention to corners and cracks. Plus, your home will smell great!!
Clean It up
The cheapest way to keep spiders from moving in is probably not the easiest. Spiders like cluttered places to hide. Keep your house de-cluttered, dust and webs free, so wipe down your surfaces and vacuum regularly as much as possible and they’ll have no choice but to go off in search of a more hospitable environment.
Don’t Let Them In
A great way to keep spiders out of your home is to never let them slip in in the first place .Spiders will make an easy job of getting in if there are any notorious spider hangouts as cracks and slots available to them, seal them up to make sure there isn’t room for spiders to get in that way. The same can be said for any vents you have – cover them up with a fine mesh if it’s safe to do so and apply caulk when needed.
Let Cedar Do the Work
Another scent that spiders hate is cedar wood. This is a good idea for any serious arachnophobes.
You’re in luck if you already have invested in cedar wood furniture, but there are alternatives if not. You can also put cedar-wood blocks in your garden and around possible ‘spider entrances’. Using cedar shavings inside closets, cupboards or drawers can make them think twice about hanging out in there too!
It’s common knowledge that spiders hate all things citrus. Rubbing citrus or lime rinds on areas where the creepy crawlies are prone to take shelter or to frequent, like baseboards, windowsills and bookshelves, is a great way to keep them from coming around. Even using lemon scented furniture polish can drive spiders away! Replace the peels twice a week so they don’t dry out and lose their natural fragrance.
Pet the cat
Four legged furry friends can be great hunters and will definitely not let a spider crawl across the floor without going on the prowl and taking care of business! Cats, in particular, will be good at the job because of their natural hunting instincts. They will also frighten the spiders. Cats are a great spider deterrent!