When I moved into my house a year and a half ago, I was having a terrible problem with spiders. Nothing poisonous, just plain old house spiders. But still…..spiders are creepy. And they need to not be in my house. Ever.
I got sick of constantly having to smoosh them with my shoe and then clean up the juicy bits left behind. I thought…..there has to be a better way to do this. So I began doing research on different insect sprays and I found that I just didn’t want to fill my house full of dangerous chemicals. I didn’t want to breathe them in – and I didn’t want my dog around them at all……not even the ones that were labeled “safe for pets and children”.
My research then turned to finding a way to prevent them from coming in the house at all. Prevent the problem before it even happens, right?
The following recipe is what I eventually ended up using and I can happily report, I have not seen one spider in my house since I started using it.
What you need:
- spray bottle
- lemon oil
- lavender oil
- dish soap
In the spray bottle, mix 10 drops of lemon oil, 10 drops of lavender oil, a small squirt of dish soap (maybe 1/2 TBSP), and a cup of water. Shake well. That’s it. Simple, right?
Please note, I did NOT use this spray in my house. I didn’t want the oil on my walls or floors. I only used it OUTSIDE my house and like I said – no spiders since.
I sprayed all the areas around my windows and doors and in areas where I saw spider webs. I cleaned the webs away first and then sprayed those areas down.
The oils can be purchased from health food stores and online. If you live in the Jackson, MS area – you can get them here: Rainbow Grocery. That is where I purchased mine.
You can also use oils from other citrus fruits, peppermint, citronella, cinnamon, tea trees, and cloves. I chose lemon and lavender because I think they smell good together. Some of the oils may seem a little pricey – maybe up to $12 for a tiny bottle – but remember, a little goes A LONG WAY. I’ve made many batches of this spray and I haven’t even made a dent in the contents of the bottles. Consider how much you would be paying for an exterminator to come out and spray your house down with toxic chemicals. Or how much you would pay for a can of bug spray. Yea – both of those methods will work, but why not try the homemade alternative? I guarantee – it smells way better.