Organic, Non-Toxic Spider Repellents

Help Keep Spiders Out Of Your House

Safe and non-toxic. No insecticides involved. Spiders do serve a natural purpose. But their place is outside, not inside the home crawling around and biting people. All spiders are venomous to a degree. There are only two spider bites that are of serious concern. Those of the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. The bite of most other types of spiders generally will just cause swelling, redness, itching and minor pain.

Natural Organic Repellents

Many people will not use poisonous insecticides inside. Botanical-based repellents will not kill spiders, but will act as a spider repellent. They are safe for people and pets when used properly. An added benefit is the nice aroma they create.

Citrus Essential Oils

Spiders taste through their feet. And they do not like the taste of citrus which includes lemon, lime and orange. Although it will not kill them, it will make them avoid places where they can “taste” them. Buy citrus essential oils. Lemon performs best, but orange or lime does work. It’s a matter of which aroma you prefer. Always purchase real essential oils and not synthetic versions.

Essential oils are aromatic volatile oils that are extracted from the leaves, stems, flowers, and other parts of a plant. Natural citrus oils are extracted from the peels. In spite of their name “oil”, they have a watery feel. They can stain fabrics, so do not use them on clothing, carpet or any furniture that has fabric.

The spray mixture. Fill an adequately-sized spray bottle with a quart of water. Add a tablespoon of lemon essential oil (or orange or lime). Some people will add a few drops of citronella. Mix it well and you are ready to go spraying. The mixture will also repel some insects which are the primary prey of spiders. By eliminating insects from your home, you’re also ridding your house of spider food.

Areas To Spray

Inside your home. Spray anywhere where spiders could enter your house such as around window sills, windows, screens, doorways and places where conduits or pipes enter the home. Also spray under cabinets, entrances to pantries, where you discover spider webs, habitat areas in the garage, and anywhere where else where spiders may hangout.

The outside perimeter of your home. Only spray areas where spiders could enter your home, otherwise you will just be wasting the repellent. Rain and water will wash the mixture away, so you will have to spray the exterior places more frequently. Spray it around windows, window screens, doorways, outdoor light fixtures, and places where conduit and pipes enter your home.

Comments and Caution

When spraying, lock up cats and dogs. Although essential oils are not toxic, they can irritate the nasal passages of pets. Let all applications dry before letting pets roam in or around the home. Some people may be allergic to some essential oils, so you might consider testing small amounts on your skin to test for any signs of allergic reaction.