How to Keep Spiders Out of the House with Natural Home Remedies
Do you have spiders in the house casting webs in almost every corner of the house? Having a few spiders (the harmless kind) in the house isn’t necessarily a bad thing because they will be your ally and help you get rid of other common household pests, but it may start to become a problem if too many spiders get comfortable in your house. Here are our top suggestions for keeping spiders out of the house using natural home remedies.
1. Keep Your House Super-Clean
Like any other insects, spiders will try and make their way inside your house if they know there is food. Spiders could be making your home their home because there are a lot of pests to feed on. The first prevention step to getting rid of household pests is to keep your house spotlessly clean. Make sure there are no crumbs or food leftovers out in the open, throw out the trash regularly, and vacuum the floor often.
2. Repel the Spiders with Peppermint Oil
There isn’t a lot of scientific research that proves the effectiveness of peppermint oil against spiders but it’s worth trying based on the anecdotal evidence for peppermint oil repelling spiders. One suggestion is to create diluted peppermint oil solution and to spray it where you suspect the spiders are entering from including windows and doors.
For a more longer-term solution, you could even become a green thumb and start growing peppermint plants in the house. The plants will need to be placed strategically (near spider entry points) in order for them to be effective at keeping spiders out of the house. Pet owners, however, should avoid using peppermint as plants in the mint family may cause health issues like vomiting and diarrhea when ingested.
3. Set up Sticky Glue Traps
There are non-toxic glue traps you can purchase which may capture some of the spiders hiding in the house. The traps should be flat and have no raised edges. Place these traps where spiders are likely to hide including spaces behind furniture, corner spaces in the room, and the space along the baseboard.
4. Clear Out the Clutter
Clutters like cardboard boxes may provide the perfect space for spiders to hide and cast their web. Clutter also attracts the household pests that spiders like to eat so there’s no better time than now to throw it away.
5. Seal the Gaps and Holes Around the House
Make it difficult for the spiders to enter your house in the first place by sealing up gaps and holes around the house. For windows and doors, an inexpensive solution to sealing up some of the side gaps is to install weather-strips. For holes along the wall, you could use materials like caulk.
Spiders are highly diverse. The species you are dealing with may depend on where you live. Brown recluse spiders, for example, are more common throughout the Midwest. Whichever species you are dealing with, always take additional safety precautions as some spiders may be more venomous than others.