If the sight of a spider sends you into a panic, you may have a real fear of these 8-legged insects. In some instances, this fear can be debilitating, preventing you from living a normal life. While it is impossible to eradicate spiders completely, you can repel them from your home and outdoor living space. If you are part of the 30.5 percent of the United States population that has arachnophobia, consider using one or all of these simple spider repellents at home:
Creating a repellent spray using essential oils is a great way to rid your home and surrounding area of spiders and other pests without using chemicals that can harm your health or the environment.
In a spray bottle, add the following:
- 1 quart water
- 4 drops of peppermint oil
- 4 drops of lavender oil
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
The aroma of the peppermint, lavender, and apple cider vinegar will deter spiders and other pests. However, the smell is pleasant enough to use in and around your home.
Shake the bottle to combine the ingredients before spraying areas where spiders may enter your home. Douse areas around windows and doors and any cracks or crevices in your foundation, attic, or basement.
Cedar is another element that deters spiders and other insects without harming your health or the environment. The aroma of cedar wood is strong enough to scare away insects but attractive enough to have around your home's exterior.
Spread cedar chip or bark mulch around the perimeter of your home. Make sure it is applied thickly to act as a barrier between your home's interior and any cracks and crevices that spiders may enter through.
The use of cedar mulch is not only a great option for deterring pests. It is also effective for trapping in moisture to ensure your flowers, shrubs, and trees around the home remain healthy.
Sprinkling a few different spices around your house can also help repel spiders.
Turmeric is one of the most effective spices for repelling spiders. The odor of turmeric will not be noticeable to you and your family members, but it will scare off any spiders from entering your home.
Combine a tablespoon of water with a few pinches of turmeric until you create a paste-like consistency. Spread this paste onto cotton balls and place them around areas where spiders seem to enter your home.
Also, consider using cinnamon to deter spiders and other insects. To humans, cinnamon smells sweet and attractive. However, to spiders, the cinnamon odor is too strong. Sprinkle fresh cinnamon around windows, doors, cracks, decks, patios, and porches.
To reduce your risk of webs, bites, and even the frightening sight of spiders in and around your home, use one of these simple solutions. Contact a company like Mr. Bug Killer Inc for more information and assistance.