#1 – Use Cedar
Cedar is naturally insect and spider resistant. Whenever you use wood outdoors, such as for a patio or decking, use cedar. It will keep bugs away and is less prone to rot. You can also use cedar mulch around your home, to create a protective barricade around your house. Indoors, you should consider using cedar for hangers, dressers, and cupboards.
#2 – Keep Your Yard Clean
Keeping up with your yard work is a good spider deterrent. Get rid of leaves, grass clippings, or piles of wood. These are common areas for spiders to hang out. Keep up with your yard work throughout the year and regularly inspect the perimeter of your home for any areas where spiders and bugs may get through.
#3 – Use Citrus
Bugs, including spiders, hate citrus. If you have areas of your home where spiders tend to congregate, rub the walls, baseboards, or window sills with citrus peels from your oranges, lemons, or limes.
#4 – Use Peppermint Oil
Purchase a bottle of peppermint essential oil and pour into a spray bottle. Whenever you notice a spider web, spray the area lightly with your peppermint oil spray. Not only will this keep spiders away, it will leave the area smelling great.
#5 – Keep Your Home Clean
Avoid creating the perfect habitat for spiders. Keep your home clean. Dust regularly to get rid of cobwebs or spider webs. If you have a damp basement, take steps to remedy the situation. You may need to install a dehumidifier or check your downspouts to ensure water is not getting into your basement.
#6 – Spray Vinegar
If you do not have any peppermint oil, you can use vinegar for the same purpose. Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray anywhere that you notice spiders. Spray into cracks and crevices or any other area where you think spiders and other bugs may be getting inside your home.
How to Get Rid of Other Pests
Spiders are probably not your only concern. Typically, spiders are not even present unless there is something for them to eat – insects. Here are some tips for preventing insects and other bugs from enjoying the safety of your home.
Along with the peppermint and vinegar spray mentioned above, you can also use sprays using other essential oils, such as lemon, orange, and clove. Bugs are also unlikely to go near garlic and pepper powder.
If you are having an ant problem, try cutting up slices of cucumber and placing the slices where the ants are getting into your home. For a fly repellent, use crushed mint leaves.
Regardless of what types of bugs are getting into your home, use natural remedies to get rid of them. Cut down on your use of commercial cleaners and bug repellents that often contain harmful chemicals.