How to … naturally banish spiders from your home

Don’t want to whip out the toxic chemicals? Here are our tips to keep spiders out.

For most of us, spiders are unwanted house guests, but we aren’t all keen on whipping out the toxic bug bombs and going all ghostbusters on them. So for those of you who like to keep things natural and ‘nice’, here are our tips on how to banish spiders from your home.

Prevention
According to expert home tips only five per cent of spiders actually enter the house from the outside. Not to scare you or anything … but that means they’re already bunking in with you. This means that the best way to keep them at bay is to disrupt their ‘lifestyle’.

  • No new eggs
    House spiders and their eggs often enter the home hidden in on new furniture, so make sure everything you bring in has been cleaned and wiped down.
  • No flies, no food
    If the spiders have nothing to eat, they’ll be forced to leave in pursuit of a snack. Flies and other insects often gather around food and light sources, so turning off outdoor lights, keeping the bins away from doors and windows, and minimising exposed or mouldy food in the house are good ways to cut off their lifeline.
  • Clean up
    Dusting, vacuuming and decluttering mean that spiders have fewer places to hide and it’s harder for them to build webs. A more attractive home for you is a less appealing one for them.

 

Scented solutions
It turns out spiders are particularly sensitive to certain smells, and the good news is that to us these smells are particularly alluring.

  • Peppermint
    Yum, peppermint ... oh right, and spiders. Unlike us, spiders really hate that smell, so it’s a good way to deter them without actively killing them. A peppermint candle can work, but a cheaper option is to leave a used peppermint teabag out in the ‘conflict zone’ where you see most spiders. Alternatively, you can dilute 20 drops of peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle and target the corners and crannies you fear the most. 
  • Lavender
    Just seven drops of lavender essential oil and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid mixed into a spray bottle of warm water can be sprayed around the house to deter spiders and make it smell lovely.
  • Cinnamon
    A simple cinnamon candle can set a homely ambiance for you and absolutely destroy theirs. Spiders hate that smell!

Other alternatives
Try these simple deterrents for a more full-on approach.

  • Vinegar
    Dilute white vinegar with water in a spray bottle and attack the corners, crevices and window and door frames. According to expert home tips, the vinegary smell will go away once it’s dried.
  • Citrus
    Citrus and spiders don’t go well together, so rubbing lemon peel over door cracks and window sills is a great way to turn them away
  • Cat
    We know it sounds extreme, but cats are born predators and love hunting down pesky unwanted houseguests. If you’re after a furry side-kick protector from spiders, then a cat might be the pur-fect match for you.

Are there any home solutions we’ve missed? Or do you think there’s an advantage to keeping spiders as guests in your home?

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    PlanB
    17th Feb 2019
    9:36am
    Well I have NO flies and no mozzies as I have screens ---but I have lots of Daddy long legs -- I have NO idea what they must eat -- but their webs are everywhere and knock them down and they are back the next day -- I learn to live with them
    Incognito
    17th Feb 2019
    2:15pm
    I always think the same thing with Daddy Long legs, what do they eat, occasionally I do see one eating a bug, then I think where did that come from. Some of the really tiny daddy long legs eat the tiniest bugs too. I also learn to live with them, though occasionally they do annoy me when they hang from the ceiling into your face.
    AutumnOz
    17th Feb 2019
    11:21am
    We have a huntsman spider or two living behind pictures on the walls, they are very useful as they get rid of flies and mossies that get in, probably through the fly screens, we seldom see them but know when they have left as then the insects come back.
    Charlie
    17th Feb 2019
    11:45am
    I agree I had a huntsman for a while and all the wandering ants disappeared
    Charlie
    17th Feb 2019
    11:43am
    I like spiders but only the big huntsman or the daddy long legs.
    shirboy
    17th Feb 2019
    11:53am
    I hate spiders & it's true about cats as my sweet puss deals with any that dare enter my house. She also kills the odd cockroach as well.
    shirboy
    17th Feb 2019
    11:54am
    I hate spiders & it's true about cats as my sweet puss deals with any that dare enter my house. She also kills the odd cockroach as well.
    Poppysmum
    17th Feb 2019
    1:36pm
    I have lots of Daddy Long Legs...they are welcome.....and I protect any Huntsmen or Wolf spiders that might get in......trap and release.
    Poppysmum
    17th Feb 2019
    1:36pm
    I have lots of Daddy Long Legs...they are welcome.....and I protect any Huntsmen or Wolf spiders that might get in......trap and release.
    Incognito
    17th Feb 2019
    2:20pm
    The old house I rent is full of spiders, not much I can do so learn to live with them, daddy long legs keep the other nasty spiders away.Fascinating when they have babies, millions of them appear and disappear and you wonder where they went until you find them in the most obscure places, I often wondered how long they can last without a feed. Any that use webs are fine, it is the hunters that make me nervous, especially white tipped spiders, I catch them and relocate them far away from my house. Huntsman's are welcome if they stay out of the bedroom otherwise they too get kicked out, have not seen any this summer,strangely. Don't kill spiders they are doing a great job of controlling the insect population, an important part of the eco system.
    Cheezil61
    17th Feb 2019
    10:26pm
    Hhmm all of those tips i have tried & unfortunately i still get white-tails in my bed (been 3 times so far). This is not good at all! I def kill them if i see them ..any more tips?
    Incognito
    17th Feb 2019
    10:33pm
    Do you have bark as mulch around your garden? They like to breed there, so maybe find out where they are breeding. I once found one on my son's nappy years ago just before I put it on him, scary they are, they turn up everywhere, I am checking my bed tonight, scary stuff. And maybe spray peppermint,tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender around the legs of your bed.
    Charlie
    17th Feb 2019
    10:35pm
    Do not befriend a white tail spider, they are quite fickle
    ArtStone
    19th Feb 2019
    3:52pm
    I get Whitetails in my bed a lot and have been bitten by them several times, (they are very aggressive)! Wondered why until I noticed two things: only got them when it was cold and only when I turned on my electric blanket. So I presume they are attracted by the warmth. Another problem is they are very good at hiding even taking off all the blankets and looking for them doesn't always work! When I find them I knock 'em off with spidercide (pest spray)! As an aside has anyone noticed that insect sprays seem not to work as well as they used to? I seem to have to use half a can, literally cover the vermin with the stuff before it works! Especially the low toxic ones!! Anyway back to the spider problem: will try the suggestions in the article and hope one or more works. Tired of being bitten! By the way I found a so called Daddy Long Legs in my bed and it managed to bite deep enough to cause me serious nausea and tiredness for half a day before it wore off. (Ruined my day at the Royal Show!). I've heard their fangs aren't supposed to be long enough to penetrate human skin but I think there must be some exceptions to that. Just something to be aware of. About the only spiders I'll tolerate in my house are Huntsman, haven't had a problem with them.
    Incognito
    19th Feb 2019
    3:58pm
    Thanks for sharing, did you get a reaction from the whitetails? Surprisingly about the daddy long legs, you must of really upset it, they always run away from me. Instead of shooing spiders I blow on them, your breath seems to indicate to them they should go away fast.
    I once had a huntsman unbeknownst to me crawl up my leg and did not feel it until it was on my head, scared me so much I was twitching the rest of the day.
    ArtStone
    20th Feb 2019
    6:13pm
    Hi Musicveg.
    Yeah the skin reaction from the Whitetail bite was annoying. Like a giant itchy slightly sore Mosquito bite that hung around for several days before it went. As for the DLL it was in my bed so I didn't even know it was there until it bit! I guess they like the warmth but when you move during sleep they get threatened and can't move away quick enough with the limited space under tight blankets!
    Cheers, Paull.


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