Typically, spiders are criticized and punished undeservingly. Many horror movies that feature haunted houses have spiders in them. Recently, due to the weather system in the U.S., spiders are most likely lurking nearby. Even though spiders are usually found outdoors, they become a nuisance when they enter your home and build their webs.
There are 4,000 species of spiders in the contiguous United States. Out of all of them, only a small percent can be harmful to humans such as the black widow and the brown recluse. However, people still dislike having them around the house. Many people have even developed a phobia of spiders which is called arachnophobia.
In definition, arachnophobia is when a person has an intense and irrational fear of spiders. However, the spiders aren’t the only arachnids that are contained in this phobia. Mites, ticks, harvestmen, and scorpions are also part of the arachnids. If you have arachnophobia, the symptoms can include anxiety, sweating, increased heart rate, and avoiding places that have spiders. Even though there hasn’t been definitive proof of the cause, scientists think that the reason for the phobia can be separated into three causes: personal experience, cultural background, and evolution.
If you dislike having spiders around your house, do not worry. Instead of using chemical-based repellants, there are natural ways to fight off these spiders. Here are 10 natural repellants that you can use in your house:
- Chestnuts – keeping chestnuts on your windowsills or by the entrances to the house can help repel spiders.
- Saltwater – instead of repelling the spiders, saltwater will help get rid of them for good. Make a mixture of 1 ounce of salt and 1 gallon of warm water and spray it onto the spiders and spider nets directly.
- Dishwashing liquid + peppermint essential oil – create a mixture of 3 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of peppermint essential oil, and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to a spray bottle. The mixture that you will be using won’t kill the spiders but repel them.
- White vinegar – Add water and white vinegar to a spray bottle and spray this mixture in crannies and cracks where the spiders might be.
- Coconut oil – add two parts water and one part coconut oil and spray to prevent spiders from coming into the house.
- Cinnamon – you can sprinkle grounded cinnamon on the entrances and perimeter of the house to repel spiders.
- Tobacco – spiders are easily repelled by tobacco so by mixing it with water and spraying it, it will easily prevent them from entering.
- Citrus peel – you can rub citrus peels anywhere where you think the spiders might be either dwelling or entering from. Since they dislike the smell of citrus (or lemon sent) they will go away.
- Cedar hangers – switch to cedar hangers if you find spiders in your closet.
- Minty cotton balls – add mint essential oil to cotton balls and place them either under or outside your house.