How to Make Your Own Natural Spider Spray
Story time: I hate spiders. They can be outside and be the super helpful insect predators I know they are, but the second they come inside, its time to take action. The house we just bought is in a pretty wooded area (I mean I just found out that bears roam around our neighborhood in the spring!) so its not out of the question that spiders will try and find their way in. That doesn't mean that I am setting up a guest space for them any time soon.
A few weeks ago I had to summon my husband when I saw this enormous spider hanging out in one of our hallways. He, of course, thought I was exaggerating (admittedly, I do!) about how big it was, but even he got a bit squeamish when he saw how large it actually was. (I felt totally vindicated, FYI.)
After that incident, I decided I couldn't really live with those bad boys coming inside, so I started researching how to prevent it. Of course, you can go the typical bug bomb route, but those things just poison your entire home for way longer than you would think. There was also the Raid route, which is really the same thing, just spreading the poison out over longer periods of time. Plus, because we have labs who eat absolutely everything, I have to be super careful about when they have access to.
That left me with, of course, the natural route. I did a lot of research and talked to some trusted natural-minded friends, and settled on a mix that used peppermint essential oil to get rid of the spiders. As I mentioned before, I know spiders play an important role in our ecosystem, especially when it comes to eating pests that would otherwise attack my garden, so I don't want to kill them; I just want to keep them out of my house!
The great news is that is SUPER simple to make your own totally natural and safe spider spray!
DIY Natural Spider Spray
- 4 oz Glass spray bottle
- Peppermint essential oil
- Nontoxic dish soap
Simply fill a 4 oz glass spray bottle 3/4 up with water, drop 15-25 drops of peppermint essential oil (I like to make sure those critters are really repelled, so I tend to err on the high side), and squeeze in just a little nontoxic dish soap, to help the oil and water mix. Screw on the spray cap, give it a good shake, and you're good to go!
Spray along door frame and anywhere else a spider might want to come in, like an attic crawl space access point in the ceiling. I find that as long as I take 5 minutes and do this every 2 weeks or so, they stay out of the house where they belong!