Although nearly all 40,000 species of spiders are venomous, only a slim fraction are actually poisonous and potentially deadly to humans. Even then, the risk of a fatality after getting bit by a spider with toxic venom is very small thanks to medical advances over the years. Still, it is estimated that 3.5 to 6.1 percent of humans experience arachnophobia or the fear of spiders, according to Health Research Funding.
However, even for those who don’t have a fear of spiders, these critters are not necessarily wanted in a home setting. While it can be nice to have a few spiders living in your home considering they can help catch flies and other tiny bugs, receiving ugly spider bites, having to clean up spider webs, and experiencing creepy crawlies walking on your skin at night aren’t all that enjoyable for a good chunk of folks.
If you’re tired of having to kill or relocate spiders in your house, you’ve come to the right place. Award-winning life expert and designer, P. Allen Smith, has a homemade repellent that will not just get rid of current spiders in your home but deter spiders before they even enter your home!
“This recipe is simple; it doesn’t take any time to create, it’s effective and, like I said, it’s all-natural,” he says.
Allen goes on to explain that the smell of certain essential oils works wonders in repelling unwanted spiders. Citronella, orange extract, different mint oils (e.g., spearmint, peppermint), and lavender oil are some examples of what spiders aren’t fond of.
Allen instructs to add a tablespoon of your desired essential oil in a spray bottle with about three cups of water and a teaspoon of dishwashing soap, before replacing the lid and shaking it up to use.
The best part about this all-natural repellent, besides being affordable and easy to make, is that it doesn’t actually kill spiders; “it just makes the environment uncomfortable for them and then moves them on out,” Allen says. This way, both you and those so-called pesky spiders will be happy.
By taking these suggestions, you will no longer have to worry about sleepless nights for fear there’s a spider hidden somewhere in your bedroom! According to some commenters on the video, the use of essential oils really does work to keep those spiders out of your home.
If you’re interested in making the ultimate, all-natural spider repellent mentioned here, be sure to watch the video below for detailed instructions! The video also includes more tips for getting rid of spiders without harming them.