Not only are spiders scary to a lot of people (Arachnophobia is the most common phobia in the West), they can also be as annoying as pests when they live on your property.
Occasionally spotting an arachnid in your home is normal especially as the weather warms up. But if you start to see these critters and their webs more often than usual then it could be a sign of something more serious.
Since spiders prefer plants and undisturbed places, the best way to keep them at bay is to ensure you don't have anything in and around your home that attracts them and opt for a repellent to keep them from entering.
Instead of using harmful chemical-based sprays, try a natural repellent to deter the creepy-crawlies away from your home. Here are 5 non-chemical solutions you can create to maintain a spider-free home:
1. Citrus peel
According to Natural Living Ideas, spiders hate citrus so by simply rubbing peels from fruits like lemons and oranges on baseboards, windowsills, and bookshelves will prevent them from making your home their own.
2. Peppermint essential oil and dishwashing liquid
Mix 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon peppermint essential oil and 3 cups water in a spray bottle. Use this concoction whenever you spot a spider and they'll be running the other way.
3. Minty cotton balls
Dip cotton balls in mint essential oil and place them near entrances, windows and areas that give spiders easy entry.
4. Cedar hangers
Spiders in the bedroom can make for a restless slumber so make the switch to cedar hangers to keep them out of your closet.
5. Coconut oil
Mix 1 part coconut oil with 2 parts water in a spray bottle and use it across spider entry points.
6. Salt Water
While the solutions about act as repellents, this one will actually kill the critters. Make a solution with 1 gallon of warm water and 1 ounce of salt then spray it directly on the spider and nests.
7. White Vinegar
Use a mixture of vinegar and water to protect hard to reach places and crevices around your home.
Asides from being delicious in baked goods, cinnamon makes a great spider repellent. Just sprinkle some around your house to keep them from crawling in.
Will you be giving any of these solutions a try? Let us know in the comments!
[Source: Remedy Daily]