People who suffer from arachnophobia frequently look for ways to get rid of spiders. People have compared the usage of environmentally friendly and natural medicines to the typical chemical combinations from hardware stores in a heated conversation.
People fall into two categories: those who adore creepy crawlies and those who will do anything to avoid coming into contact with them.
People that enjoy creepy crawlies, especially spiders, are aware that most of them pose minimal threat and are generally not aggressive. However, keeping them at a distance is the only way to find peace of mind for those who fervently despise or fear them.
Spiders Are Essential Too
While some spiders are poisonous, they all contribute significantly to the ecology by keeping other insects out of our homes and gardens. Furthermore, it might be particularly difficult to get rid of spiders permanently because they can be found hiding out behind the walls of homes and structures.
Since more people now understand the advantages that spiders may offer, they are turning to more compassionate methods of “disposal.”One is to catch the spider and transport it to a nearby vacant field in a glass container. Another choice is to release it into the garden so it can consume more dangerous insects. Unfortunately, there isn’t any empirical proof that natural therapies are as effective as their harmful alternatives.
Some essential oils, according to many commercial pest control businesses, are “natural insecticides” and will probably keep spiders away.
Peppermint oil is one natural treatment that is said to deter spiders. You can buy this fragrant item in practically any neighbourhood grocery store. However, health food stores and places that sell aromatherapy products also carry the pure essential oil, usually in the baking department.
The reason it’s thought that spiders will steer clear of this, and other essential oils, is the strong odor. It is believed that because spiders taste and smell using their legs, they avoid having to crawl through odors and fragrances. Another theory is that the monoterpenoids, consider a botanical fumigant, can be found in almost all essential oils. Peppermint oil has also been shown to deter ants and other pesky home invaders.
Spider Repellent Recipe
To make a spider-repellent spray, all you need is two ingredients:
- Five drops of peppermint essential oil
- 16-oz water in a spray bottle
A quick dab of dish soap has also been recommended by certain sites. Spray the mixture, after thoroughly shaking it, around doors, windows, dark corners, and the exterior perimeter of homes or businesses, paying special attention to corners and entryways like windowsills. You should be aware that you will need to spray more frequently than with other traditional pest control techniques.
Peppermint Oil Safety
Peppermint Oil is typically considered safe when used in moderation. Therefore, it’s imperative to always dilute peppermint and other essential oils with water. However, ALWAYS AVOID CONTACT WITH EYES. Furthermore, in large doses menthol, a chemical compound found in mint, can cause skin irritation, dizziness, muscle weakness, nausea, and in some cases double vision or confusion/brain fogginess.
If you have pets, you should also be aware that applying a spider repellent containing peppermint oil may endanger ordinary domestic pets. It’s crucial to store the oils in a location that pets cannot get if you want to try them out.
Other Natural Spider Repellent Include:
- lemon oil- thought to help brighten skin tone.
- eucalyptus oil- can also help reduce cold symptoms.
- tea tree oil- also thought to be anti-bacterial and can help treat acne prone skin.
- citronella oil- also thought to repel mosquitos.
- lavender oil- thought to have calming and uplifting effects on one’s mood.
Spreading cedar mulch about the yard will help get rid of spiders and other pests from gardens and yards, thus preventing them from entering the house. They might be discouraged from hiding in drawers or inside clothing if there is a cedar ball in the closet.
“Sticky glue traps” are a less compassionate but still very natural alternative. These are typically suggested for use with flies, but they can also be used to catch spiders or other bothersome insects.
In the past, the majority of pest-control businesses or hardware stores offered insecticides as a means of eradicating spiders and other common household pests.
They have been demonstrated to be highly effective in getting rid of spiders and other domestic pests, while being more detrimental to the ecosystem of a garden, water sources, and even our lungs and skin. Typical possibilities include:
- Carbaryl- disrupts the nervous system and eventually kills spiders. It comes in a variety of forms including dust or “wettable” powder, granule, liquid, and traps.
- Pyrethrins and pyrethroids- derived from chrysanthemum flower extract. These also stimulate the nervous system, eventually leading to death. These are available as a bug bomb, fogger, dust, or liquid.
Preventing Spiders Altogether
There are some preventative measures one may take to stop spiders from appearing in the first place, even though getting rid of them can be difficult and require some time and patience.
Step 1: Keep your house dust-free and clean. focusing especially on corners and window sills.
Step 2: Check the area for any visible cobwebs or spider egg sacks.
Step 3: Remove piles of wood, such as firewood, leaf piles, or compost piles, and store them on an area of the property far from the house (take caution when removing the egg sacks as squishing them will release hundreds of baby spiders).
Step 4: Check to see that all doors window screens, and moulding have been sealed. To do this, holes may need to be caulked or patched.
Even while you could have a strong preference for DIY solutions, engaging a professional may be your best bet in circumstances of severe spider infestations or venemous spiders.