How to Get Rid of Spiders
Many people believe that peppermint oil is a great natural spider repellent. This may be true if the right oils are used, but it is important to know that there are many other ways to get rid of spiders.
Peppermint and other essential oils have been studied for their pest repellent properties. However, they also have some harmful side effects. Therefore, it is best to apply them in small doses and with caution.
Peppermint leaves and flowers can be placed strategically around your home. You can grow mint plants in windowsills and near doorways. Crushed mint can also be used to deter spiders.
Peppermint is also found in commercially prepared insect repellents. It is available at health food stores and pharmacies. The stronger the peppermint oil, the better the repellent effect.
For additional strength, you can add vinegar to the peppermint oil solution. Vinegar has a strong odor that insects dislike, and it’s believed that it can ward off bugs when they come into contact with it.
In addition to peppermint, there are several other essential oils that deter spiders. Chestnut, citrus, and catnip all work. Some studies show that eucalyptus, a woody, warm scent, is also effective at preventing spiders.
Peppermint and other oils can be used to make a spray. Use water in a spray bottle and combine the oils. Spray it in any area where you want to keep spiders out.
Another way to use peppermint is to make a liquid repellent. Combine the oil with water in a 16 ounce (473 ml) spray bottle. Apply it in a spray bottle or on cotton balls and place them in areas where spiders are known to lurk.