Natural Spider Repellent

all natural spider repellent with essential oils

Truth time.  One of my biggest fears is spiders.  I know it’s silly.  I mean, I’m at least 200 times as big as them, and I have various methods of killing them (drowning, stomping on, blow torch, etc) but I still don’t want them anywhere NEAR me!  Luckily, my 5 year old thinks it’s funny that Mommy calls her to stomp the spiders, and she loves doing it!  I know spiders are important.  They do great, amazing things like keeping the insect population down.  However, I think we can all agree, the BEST spider is a spider anywhere but in the HOUSE.  Or the car.  Did I mention my house?  Or generally in my vicinity.  Dear Mr. Spider… why can’t you stay out in the garden where you belong?  PS –  when I’m watering the garden or picking my produce, if you don’t want to get squashed, you need to stay out of sight!  Because I’ll kill you dead.  Or at least, my 5 year old will.

All Natural Spider Repellent

But I have a secret!  Those little guys up there?  I haven’t seen them in my house in months.  Want to know why?  I investigated all over pinterest, and you know what just about everyone said?  Put peppermint and lemon essential oils in a spray bottle with water, and spray down your home where the creepy crawlies could get in.  Window and door frames, cracks in the foundation, dryer vents, and do it inside and out.  If there’s a place a spider can get in, spray it.  Want to know why?  Spiders HATE peppermint! They aren’t a huge fan of citrus oils either, but, they really and truly hate peppermint.   And this super easy solution WORKS!  Bye bye spiders!  Stay outside where you belong!

Here’s a Quick Spider Reference Guide (just in case you were wondering):

  • Furry – let it live
  • Shiny – kill it dead

Here’s what you need:

  • 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oils
  • 15 drops Lemon Essential Oils
  • 14-16 oz water
  • 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle (if you only have an 8 oz bottle, use 7-8 drops instead)

Put everything in the spray bottle, shake well, and apply!  Reapply outside about once a month (or after it rains).  This is safe for kids and pets, so you can go to town, and make sure every crack is sprayed, even in your baby’s nursery.  Especially in your nursery!

A quick note:  Pure citrus oils are so powerful, they can eat plastic.  So either make it in a glass spray bottle, or a store the contents in a mason jar.  These Mason Jar Spray Tops are super cute, and work great (just swap it out with a regular mason jar lid when you’re done).  Or you can easily adapt this DIY Foaming Hand Soap and Mason Jar Dispenser to fit a spray top you have laying around! If you don’t want extra laying around, waiting for the unsuspecting spider, you can easily double or half the recipe, making whatever you need (about 1 drop of each oil per oz of water is all it takes!)

There are tons of great uses for essential oils in Pest Control!

Cheat Sheet for Pest Control

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Essential Oils for Pest Control:

Ants: Peppermint
Aphids: Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir
Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme
Caterpillars: Peppermint
Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
Cutworm: Thyme
Fleas: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
Flies: Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
Gnats: Patchouli
Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass
Moths: Lavender, Peppermint
Plant Lice: Peppermint
Roaches: Eucalyptus
Slugs: White Fir
Snails: Patchouli, White Fir
Spiders: Peppermint
Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
Weevils: Patchouli, Sandalwood

Email me at seekingwellness {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com or text me at 208-907-OILS and I would be happy to tell you more about our favorite essential oils.

diy spider repellent with essential oils



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