Can you give me tips on how to get rid of spiders in the house without chemicals? I hear too many stories about pesticides harming the bees and killing beneficial insects.
Melissa O’Brien, Aspen, CO
Yes, I’d be happy to give you tips on how to get rid of spiders in the house without using chemicals. You’re right, some chemicals will poison more than just their intended target. And there are plenty of natural ways to repel spiders and keep them away from your home.
First, it’s time to do some investigating. Look for all the places where spiders like to hide. Now clear out their webs and close up any cracks they might use to come back inside.
Second, make sure wood piles and shrubs are away from the walls of your home. For clarification, see this link for some specific ideas for making your home spider-proof: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-get-rid-of-spiders-5-remedies-to-keep-spiders-away/
Now it’s time to repel the spiders with natural means. The article I referenced above has a recipe for homemade spider repellent. It combines eucalyptus and lavender oils with water and vodka. Once you make it, spray it around where spiders hide or like to enter your house.
The next formula for spider deterrent is simply white vinegar in a one to one mix with water. You’ll probably need to spray that once a day. But if you’re not a fan of the way vinegar smells, try the next recipe below, or replace it with the juice of a whole lemon.
The third DIY spider repellent mix is just peppermint essential oil and water. This also serves as a spray, or you can use cotton balls with peppermint oil on them for longer-lasting results.
While all of these natural remedies require vigilance and upkeep, none of them are harmful to pets or people or beneficial insects.