TLDR; Lemons, oranges, and limes repel spiders. Simply mix one or all of them with water in a spray bottle and spray in doorways, windowsills and wherever you’ve seen spiders.
Citrus fruits are a great way to repel spiders by their pungent scent that although usually great smelling for people, their powerful smell is too strong for these arachnids. Using these fruits and slicing them, you’ll then remove their peels. Next, with the peel, you’ll use them to wipe around doors, windows and other points of entry, keeping these unwanted guests at bay. Some people plant citrus trees in pots throughout their homes or those living in warmer climates have the ability to plant citrus trees outdoors in pots on balconies and patios.
Create your own repellent using equal parts lemon juice and water! This is a great way to keep your home spider free.
Other hacks that may have the ability to repel spiders and other insects easily…
Hedge apples are known to have properties that will supposedly repel spiders simply by these apples that are found in various farmer’s markets and grocery stores in the fall. These ‘spider balls’ are green and bumpy and originate from the osage orange tree (Maclura pomifera). These osage trees may have the ability of repelling mosquitoes and cockroaches. Rather than the outside of the fruit repelling the insects, the repellant properties are found inside although when whole, it shows to be ineffective.
DIY Spider Essential Oil Repellent
These helpful essential oils have been used to repel spiders especially when in a spray with one or a combination of a few of these ingredients.
Some essential oils that many find effective…Eucalyptus, Lavender, Cinnamon, Peppermint
Create your own by gathering these ingredients and a spray bottle together and spray weekly.
- 5-10 drops of either essential oils or a combo of a few
- 12 oz of distilled water
- ¼ tsp of dish soap
These tiny, creepy crawly creatures may be a bit misunderstood, but they actually do a great job taking care of flies and mosquitos in and around the home. So if you’re ready for these creatures to find a new home, repel those spiders safely with a repellant safe for you and your pets!