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How to Keep Spiders Away

Autumn is upon us, which means the arrival of our creepy-crawly friends is here. Most species of our 8-legged friends are harmless.

However, if you are arachnophobic, it wouldn’t matter if a spider can cause any damage or not. You would only want it out of the house. Wouldn’t it be better if you could somehow keep them away from your home and garden? Let’s explore how to keep spiders away through several natural ways.

1.     Citrus Scents

Spiders do not appreciate citrus scents. In fact, it acts as one of the natural scents that repel them. You can use a citrusy commercial air freshener and spray near your windows and doors to ensure they stay away. This will also make your home smell fresh and completely free of spiders.

You also scatter some lemon peels on the window sill to make sure spiders don’t enter your house.

2.     Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is another strong scent that repels spiders. You can use essential oil to make a DIY spider repellent spray.

Create a solution by adding 18 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil to water. Fill a spray bottle with your DIY spider repellent and spray it in any corners where spiders usually reside.

You can spray it around windows, doors, behind bathroom cabinets, and toilets.

3.     Keep Fruit Flies Away

Insects are attracted to the food they eat, which is other insects. Spiders love fruit flies and can often be seen around them, ready to trap one in their web.

Hence, it is crucial to keep the areas where you store your fruits clean. However, if it is the other way round and you want to get rid of fruit flies, perhaps leave the spider be.

4.     Remove Webs Regularly

Cobwebs are home to spiders. It is also where they trap the insects as food. You must clean out the webs regularly, so there are none in your home. Spiders often create webs on the ceiling or corners of a room. They are easily cleaned with a swipe.

5.     Clear Away Clutter

Spiders are attracted to spaces with clutter. So whether it is your home or garden, make sure there is no clutter for the creatures to find solace in.

You must also keep your waste away from windows and try your best to keep your home nice and clean.

6.     Fill Up Any Cracks Near Windows and Doors

Spiders can find a way into your home through nooks and cracks that have the slightest bit of available space.

You can go through your entire house and see if there are any open holes or cracks where the spiders can find a way to crawl in. Fill up these cracks and make sure they are sealed.

7.     Use Conkers

Conkers are said to be natural spider repellent. However, there is very little research to back this up. Still, you can place several corners in different places in your house.

If it doesn’t work, there is no harm done, and you end up with appropriate home decor for the season (and a nutty, fresh-smelling house).

Remember, conkers can be poisonous for pets like cats and dogs, so avoid using them in your home or consult a vet first.

8.     Cinnamon

Cinnamon has a beautiful, pungent smell that is absolutely lovely in a home. It turns out that the strong aroma is something spiders aren’t so crazy about.

You can scatter small pieces of cinnamon sticks in different parts of your home. Remember, cinnamon powder can stain whites.

Typically, the first thought that people have is to burn scented cinnamon candles. Sadly, those do not work, and you need natural cinnamon sticks to keep spiders at bay.

9.     Get a Cat

The easiest way to keep any kind of insects away from your home is to adopt a cat. By bringing home a cat, you will never have to worry about insects in your home because your new pet will take care of every one of them.

The Final Takeaway

Now that you know how to keep spiders away, it will be highly unlikely to see a crawling friend in your home. However, if you do spot one, perhaps just let it hide away in a corner. If it is not a false black widow, cellar spider, or woodlouse spider, there is no need to fear it.

These three are the only spiders whose bite can be lethal. Otherwise, make peace with the spider and let them get rid of house flies, mosquitoes, moths, and many other insects in your house.

If you are looking for ways to keep other insects away, or need home decor ideas or interior design guides, follow The Rugs and be inspired to make your home better.

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