Is there any way to get of spiders with natural products?October 7, 2018
When you ask a random stranger about Australia, they’ll probably mention kangaroos and spiders, then sing a rendition of ‘the land down under’. We do seem to have a disproportionate number of spiders here, and outside of Amazon (the forest, not the website), we have some of the most toxic species in the world. Spiders seem to tap into some primal fear in the human psyche, so it’s not alarming that you’d rush for the blow torch.
Your instinct is probably to find the strongest pesticide available, or run over the spider with a steamroller. The danger of high-powered insecticides is they won’t just kill the spiders. They could affect your food, clothing, skin, pets, and if ingested, they could harm your kids. It’s counterintuitive to feed the spiders something natural and tame, but it’s for your own good. That said, are there really natural remedies strong enough for spider control?
The magic formula
There’s one super mix that gets rid of everything from cockroaches to wine stains and smelly drains. Yep, you guessed it. Vinegar and baking soda. You don’t necessarily have to use them together. The acetic acid in vinegar is enough to put them off, so pour white vinegar into a spray bottle with an equal amount of water. You can spray this on webs and spidery corners. You can also pour some in saucers and jar lids. Place them strategically around the house.
The smell from your vinegar deposits could discourage spiders from visiting, but check them frequently, because those stagnant liquid puddles could attract other pests and not all of them will drown in your home remedy. An alternative formula is to mix apple cider vinegar with water and essential oils (peppermint and lavender work well). Mix these in a spray bottle and apply liberally on doors, windows, cracks, and other spider entryways.
Peppermint can actually be used on its own, undiluted. Spiders, ants, cockroaches, and other insects hate the smell, so saturate a cotton ball with this essential oil and place it in a convenient spot. Its wafting scent will send your resident spiders scurrying to find a new home. Cats are also allegedly good at keeping down the local spider population, so maybe it’s time for a four-legged adoption. Be sure to neuter/spay kitty before he/she breeds a colony.
Plant an anti-spider
Turns out spiders have a fairly keen sense of smell, and they seem to dislike the very scents we enjoy. Convenient! Some powerful scent-sations that will send the spideys scurrying are eucalyptus, cedar, onions, and conkers. You can plant them in little tubs on your window sill to fill the room with their smell. Horse chestnuts can be positioned in little trays around the house, while onions can be sliced, soaked, and displayed in bowls and saucers.
You could use a diffuser to spread these scents, though natural sources are best, so a potted eucalyptus beats an artificial spray can. Spices seem to work well too. Their aromatic goodness is anathema to our eight-legged frenemies, so consider using them generously when you cook. Turmeric works beautifully against spiders. Not so much against furniture and dishes, because that rich yellow colour is hard to get rid of.
Make a paste using water and turmeric. Two tablespoons will do. Put a cotton ball into the paste soaking it through, then place it on a jar lid and place the lid in a spider-friendly location. Alternatively, you know the way pouring a line of salt is said to keep away bad energy? Well, allegedly, a line of cinnamon is something spiders can’t cross. It’s not clear whether they’ll melt like slugs in salt, but it’s worth a try. Plus, your home will smell divine.
Oranges and lemons
Still on the theme of scent, anything with a citrusy smell will put off spiders. Gather the peels of lemons, grapefruits, or oranges and cut them into chunky bits. Pour boiling water over the chunks and let it sit through the night. Sieve the mixture, then take the peels and grind them in a pestle and mortar or food processor. Strain this mixture and add the liquid extract to your spider mix. You could toss in some witch hazel as well. Put all this in a spray bottle. You could rub the used peels in spider spots like corners and skirting boards.