There are some 30,000 species of spiders throughout the world, and most are beneficial because they help control insect pests. But, they can become a nuisance when they make it into your home. If they do, there are some natural ways to eradicate them or just keep them away.
Garlic and Red Pepper Spray
A garlic and red pepper spray is an effective spray to kill unwanted spiders in and around your home. All you need are garlic, crushed red peppers, mineral oil, water and fish emulsion. After making the concentrate, adjust the amount of water you add to get the best results.
Spiders have their taste buds on the tips of their legs and they do not like the taste of citrus. Lemons, limes and oranges will repel (not kill) them. You can make your own spray by combining 1 qt. of water, 1 tbsp. of lemon (or any citrus) essential oil in a spray bottle and then spray it around spider-infested areas. You could also use lemon-based cleaning agents and do some cleaning while you are at it.
Vinegar is another effective spider deterrent. Mix equal amounts of distilled vinegar and water in a spray bottle, add in a few drops of lemon and lavender essential oil. Mix and spray. Another vinegar natural spider spray involves mixing warm vinegar with 1 tsp. of coconut oil. The warm vinegar helps melt and dilute the coconut oil.
Store-Bought and Other Solutions
There are some pest control manufacturers that sell safe insecticide and spider traps with all-natural active ingredients. These can be found at most home and garden stores -- just make sure to check the ingredients. In addition, many people have rid their homes of spiders by purchasing electronic bug devices that plug right into the wall, which work by constantly emitting a high-pitched frequency undetectable to humans and pets.
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