In our previous post, we discussed how to safely use home pesticides to keep the pests away. But not everyone needs or wants to use potentially hazardous chemicals around their family and pets. We also mentioned that there are natural alternatives to using pesticides, so we thought we would share one of our favorites with you. Here is the best way that we’ve found to make your own spider repellent that is natural and completely non-toxic. This spray won’t actually kill spiders, but it will deter them from coming into your home and taking up residence there. As a plus, this should also repel other insects and ants as well.
What you’ll need:
32oz Spray Bottle
- 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 15 drops peppermint oil
- 20 drops lemon essential oil
- 30 drops orange essential oil
- 1 Tbsp liquid dish soap
- Enough water to fill the rest of the bottle
Combine all of the ingredients into the bottle and securely tighten the spray nozzle. Use the permanent marker to label the contents of your spray bottle. Shake the bottle to thoroughly mix the ingredients every time you’re about to use the spray. This concoction should be applied around the perimeter of your home, inside and out, and should also be applied to window crevices and anywhere else that spiders congregate. This spray should be used at least 1 to 2 times per week to continuously repel spiders.
- Keep in mind that the oils can stain and citrus can bleach, so be careful that spray doesn’t get on any fabric or furniture.
- Store the spray bottle in a cool, dark place because essential oils are delicate and sensitive to light. It should be stored in a closet, under the sink, or in a pantry.
- Some people and pets are sensitive to certain essential oils and could have allergic reactions. Never spray this repellent while others who are sensitive are in the near vicinity as they could inhale the product while it’s in use.
As always, if this natural alternative doesn’t quite work out, you can always call the pest control experts over at Arrow Exterminators.