If you have been noticing an abundance of spiders in your home, and someone in your family is scared of them, you may want to take steps in removing them so your relative does not need to worry about seeing one as they go about their daily activities. Many people will call a pest control company to get rid of a spider infestation. If you wish to undertake the problem on your own, try one of the following natural methods.
Use Your Vacuum Cleaner
For the most part, spiders enjoy living outdoors, but if they have made their way into your home, they will most likely be making webs to try to trap food and to lay their eggs sacs within, unless they are ground spiders. If you remove the eggs sacs, you will eventually be able to stop the life cycle of web-making spiders. Use your vacuum cleaner hose with a crevice attachment to suck up any webs you see in your home. If possible, transport any live spiders to the outdoors away from the perimeter of your home so they can help clear your yard of harmful bugs.
Gather Some Nuts
Spiders do not like the smell of chestnuts and will leave an area where the scent is present. If your home suffers from spiders, drive around your neighborhood in the fall until you find a chestnut tree near a street where nuts are fair game. Gather the nuts from the ground to use within your home throughout the rest of the year. Place them in corners, on windowsills, and behind large pieces of furniture. Chestnuts do not rot right away, making them a great way to get spiders to vacate from your home during winter months.
Use Kitchen Favorites
Sprinkle baking soda in your doorways to help keep spiders from crawling inside when the door opens. Take a look around your home for areas with cracks or crevices and place some baking soda within to help keep spiders on the exterior of your home, minimizing the number you need to deal with inside. Vinegar is another deterrent you can use to keep spiders from wanting to get in your home. Place a few teaspoons of vinegar in a spray bottle of water and spray it around each window and door to keep spiders from entering.
Spray Some Pleasing Scents
Make a spray to use around your home in areas where you have seen spiders frequent. Purchase an essential oil in the scent of peppermint, citrus, or tea tree. Place four or five drops of the oil into a spray bottle filled with water. Add a few drops of dish detergent as this helps the spray to stick to surfaces easier. Shake well and spray liberally. Spiders tend to stay away from areas where the spray was used as they do not care for the smell. You will enjoy a fresh-smelling home without spiders!