Especially if you or someone in your household is allergic to spiders, you may dread the return of cooler weather in the fall. Since the spiders are attracted to warm spots, they may start invading your house. If you want to keep the arachnids out but do not want to use a lot of chemicals, use the following tips for naturally keeping the spiders out of your home.
1. Use Cotton Balls Soaked in Peppermint Oil
One way you can help keep spiders from coming into your home is to stop them at some of their favorite entry points by placing cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil in strategic locations. Spiders can crawl their way in through the cracks around your windows, and they can even find holes around your door frames.
While the odor of peppermint is generally pleasing to humans, spiders cannot stand the smell of it. They will typically steer clear of the scent.
To take advantage of the spiders' detestation of peppermint's smell, soak cotton balls in the oil, and place them on your window sills, on top of the window and door frames, and anywhere else you believe there may be an opening, such as under the sink where there is a gap between the pipe and floor. Once or twice a month, replace the cotton balls to keep the scent fresh.
2. Keep Cedar Chips in Hidden Areas
Another area where spiders like to come in and congregate are dark, hidden locations throughout your home. Basements, attics, and closets may have small holes where they can gain entry into your house.
Just as with moths, spiders are deterred by the odor of cedar. You can purchase cedar chips at a department or hardware store and place them in these areas to make them less attractive to spiders. If you do not have enough room for cedar chips, you can also use the cotton ball method above, but instead of using peppermint oil, use cedar oil.
While the above tips can help deter some spiders, they may not be able to keep all of the eight-legged pests away, especially once the weather turns cold outside. If you start noticing a large population in your home, contact an exterminator for spiders in your area to have them determine how bad of an infestation exists and discuss your options for getting rid of them and keeping them away.