Spiders, I have let you be for a long time but now ITS WAR!
It’s that time of year, getting colder & they want to move in.
The upstairs smoke alarm started beeping every night just after I went to bed, turned lights off & settled down – was driving me mad as it didn’t do it all the time – I rang the company & turned out this is common when a spider takes up residence – vacuum cleaner immediately sorted the problem.
Last night and this morning have ejected 3 monsters (or the same one coming back in) -big bodied, thick short legs – weird looking spiders!, and my car is trailing cobwebs from wing mirrors, door handles and aerial, the terrace is like an assault course – I was stung first time ever by a poor bee who’d got stuck on a web, and I have to sweep webs away when I leave the front door!.
I’ve been kind, gently putting the inside ones outside with a tissue – now it’s war.
Natural oils that spiders don’t like include citrus, lavender, peppermint, citronella, cinnamon, tea tree and cloves – just for good measure I’ve added 3 drops of each to water with a few drops of washing up liquid.
(Our Refresh Face Mist with Mint, Lavender & Frankincense could be used if you dont want to make your own spray)
- Spray the mixture on cobwebs, around doors and windows, around the lawn and garden and on any surfaces where spiders lurk. In addition to having a pleasant aroma, this mixture is nontoxic. But, be aware that bees, butterflies, wasps love lavender but hate clove oil so don’t use it in the garden.
- Be careful in the house – oils may stain or cause spots, so be sure to test the mixture on a small section of carpet or upholstery before spraying an entire surface – probably better to wipe round with a tissue. Lemon juice is good – just rub a squeezed lemon round the windows & doors.
- Reapply once a week during peak “spider seasons.
I’m just smearing a tiny bit of oil round the outside of my wing mirrors and car door frames (but not on the paintwork).
Natural spider repellents have to be applied more often than pesticides, but they are safer to use in your home and have a pleasant smell. Pots of mint and lavender inside your home on a sunny windowsill will also help deter spiders from coming indoors. Or you could dust your window sills and furniture weekly with a lemon-scented cleaner to help deter spiders.
Using a this spray will also discourage ants from an area and also aphids & squirrels from nibbling your roses and, if you are unfortunate to have mouse lodgers, stuff cotton wool balls soaked with peppermint oil into the holes & crevices where they come & go and they’ll soon pack their bags & move on 🙂
Last, but certainly not least, you can stop a household spider infestation through simple, non-chemical means. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up spiders and cobwebs. Seal cracks in the foundation and close gaps in windows or beneath doorways to deny spiders access to your homes. Spiders thrive in dark, cluttered places, so keep stacks of debris, woodpiles and thick plant growth away from the sides of the house.
UPDATE ON SPIDER WARS!!
Remember to respray outside surfaces after all this rain – spiders sense the aroma through their feet so it has to be on the surface where they are likely to walk in rather than wafting gently in the air.
Written by Maggi M.
Illustration by Suzie H.