It’s that time of year – the time of year when it is cold outside and the little 8-legged creepy critters try to make their way indoors to get out of the cold!
These little spiders can not only be an annoyance, they can be dangerous. We have the joy of having lots of mean ones! I was bit recently and my leg swelled quickly and I had to go get an antibiotic. This can be quite concerning and scary for any human being, but especially if you have kids!
So, I make a lot of homemade products that are safe and natural (because this is important to me too!) and so I researched what essential oils spiders hate.
I have an essential oil encyclopedia in my home because we do use them for many things: cleaning, cooking, health, preventative care, personal care products, smell good air, etc., but also for pest repellent. We have shared our very popular Carpet and Car Deodorizer recipe which doubles as an insect repellent and may deter a lot of spiders too. But we also wanted to have a very specific spider repellent to spray in trouble spots, which in turn, will probably also deter many insects (like ants and beetles).
Spiders were created with taste buds on their feet. So, if they walk across something they don’t like, they will not go there! That’s a pretty weird thought! As I was writing this, Alex said “imagine if our taste buds were on our feet! We would probably lose a lot of weight!” I don’t know where he comes up with this stuff, but it would probably be true!
Well anyway, according to my encyclopedia, spiders specifically do not like citrus (lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit), citronella, cinnamon, lavender, tea tree, basil and peppermint. They also hate vinegar and “hot” spicy spices (like Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, other hot sauces).
So really, any and/or all of the above ingredients would make a mighty fine spider repellent!
And guess what?!?…… None of it will hurt you, your kids, or your pets! Now, as a side note, there is one essential oil that is poisonous for cats and dogs – tea tree oil. It is a wonderful oil with dozens of benefits for humans, but it is like poison for them! So if you have cats or dogs, do not include this in your spider repellent concoction!
Basically, you can create something with what you have on hand. If you are interested in the essential oils, see our post here on a hot deal on essential oils for household use!
Here’s how to make it:
- Start with a spray bottle and add your water and/or vinegar with a funnel
- Then for every 1/2 cup of vinegar or water (whichever you choose to use), use 2-3 drops of essential oils. Any of the above would work. You can also add cayenne pepper or other very spicy spices to the mix. The essential oils will not hurt paint, carpet, walls, etc., but I am not sure about spices. So you will want to be the judge of this!
- Mix it all together and spray in your problem areas.
- You will want to spray your problem areas at least once a week to be effective.
Problem areas are usually under doors, windows, cracks, basements, garages, etc. If you do use vinegar, you will find that the oils will off-set most of the smell and the rest of the smell will disappear once it is dry in the area.
So now, if you had tastebuds on your feet and you came across the taste of vinegar, mixed with citronella, peppermint, lemon, etc. and cayenne pepper – would you continue to walk on it? Probably not!
For us, it’s probably like walking on a bed of hot coals to get to the other side – I don’t think I would do it! Would you?