A few weeks ago, I brought my son’s mattress into my bedroom for a “sleepover”. As we were curled up in bed reading stories, a SPIDER came crawling onto the bed!! It was as terrible as you might imagine…screaming, jumping, pounding the spider, LOSING the spider and panicking because, well, DID WE GET IT??
Eventually we found the dead sucker and vacuumed his remains up and tried to get some sleep.
Two days later, I was in bed, waking up from pleasant dreams. Upon opening my eyes and looking up, I saw DIRECTLY above me, a spider DANGLING ON ITS WEB, coming down!!! Holy cow, I don’t even remember what happened next, and that is not an exaggeration. Next thing I remember I was on the ground with the blankets all around me. I must’ve rolled or army crawled out of bed or something…whatever I did, it was quick! I managed to kill this one without screaming since I had sleeping kids, although I did wake up one of the kids with an exclamation of “You’ve GOT TO be KIDDING ME” once I was safely out from underneath the evil thing.
Okay, so…I didn’t think I’d EVER be able to sleep again. It was too darn traumatizing. I made a mention of it on facebook, and got all sorts of advice for “bug bombs” and spider killers.
As much as I hate spiders, I hate using harsh chemicals in my home even more, so off to the internet I went in search of a natural spider remedy, deterrents preferably.
Before we get to the actual recipe I adapted, allow me to explain my oh-so scary spider picture. I swear, nearly every website I went to had a huge picture of a scary, terrible, evil looking arachnid staring at me, and I could hardly focus on the tips/tricks/recipes, because I was so horrified by the dang pictures. So I thought I’d give y’all a graphic that hopefully won’t keep you up at night. Unless you really HATE bad art….in which case I apologize.
I had heard that spiders avoided peppermint, and after further research, I feel confident that this is the case. A few articles mention that they also don’t like citrusy things either.
After reading a few recipes, I came up with a combination for myself. It has worked beautifully!!
- 1 20 oz spray bottle
- 1 quick squeeze liquid hand dish soap
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil
Fill the spray bottle nearly to the top with water. Add one quick squeeze of hand dish soap and the essential oils. Put the lid on and gently swirl the mixture together (I didn’t shake it because I didn’t want it bubbling up). Lightly spray around areas that you are concerned about: Windows, doorways, corners, beds (in my case), etc. I spray once a day. Not only is it supposed to deter spiders, it smells fantastic.
I’ve also found that this mixture works well as a general cleaner too!
*Update 07/2014 – I have since gotten more lazy and have used just the peppermint and grapefruit oils in with water and it has worked just as well! Peppermint by itself works awesome also, but my son hates the smell, so we add the citrus to help.
*Update: It’s been 18 months, and I have seen only ONE spider in the bedroom where I spray. (It was after we’d been out of town and so I wasn’t around to use my spray.) Yippee.
Here are some other great natural remedies: