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You don't have to zap harmful chemicals in every corner to safeguard your home from spiders.
Though we are lead to believe this is the only effective way of doing things, for those of us with pets or young children, it isn't always the best way to go.
As spider season approaches, many of us simply don't like the thought of having these harmful substances in our homes - and that's okay! Thanks to naturals remedies like essential oils, spiders and other creepy crawlies can keep their distance, while still leaving our homes pleasant and chemical-free.
Combining these essential oils with water and dish soap - another natural spider repellent - is a popular alternative to insecticide sprays. You can find our recipe for how to make a spider spray here.
Essential oils for repelling spiders - what is the best spider repellent?
When you think of what oil keeps spiders away, your mind tends to naturally gravitate towards peppermint.
Strong and refreshing, peppermint oil has long been considered one of the best spider repellents around, possibly due to the oil's natural monoterpenoids, which can act as effective fumigants to make them deadly for pests.
Since spiders also taste and smell with their legs, they do not tend to walk through areas containing overly fragrant scents or substances.
Peppermint oil is also an effective mouse repellent.
Whether in raw fruit form or in oil form, the smell of citrus is a widely used home remedy to help deter unwanted guests.
Adding a few drops to a spray bottle or combining it with dried citrus peels can help effectively maintain a spider-free home while also making your environment smell pleasant and fresh.
While oils like ;emon, orange and lime are the more popular choices for repelling spiders, almost any citrus oil will be suitable for the job.
Tea tree oil
Commonly known for repelling headlice, the herbaceous smell of tea tree has also been proven to deter all sorts of insects and similar pests, including spiders.
Alongside this, tea tree's relieving properties make it a great oil for having around your home during spider season, as common illnesses tend to grow as a result of the transitioning climate.
The presence of cedar in general has shown consistent patterns with spider repelling, whether it is present in furniture, in plant form, or as blocks or panelling.
For those of us that don't have cedar already in our homes, cedarwood essential oil is an easy and practical alternative.
Cedarwood has also been known for repelling moths - another common dweller during this time of the year.
Clove bud oil
As it is one of the most potent essential oils, both in its scent and in its properties, clove oil is a great aromatic and spicy alternative for scaring away spiders.
Its naturally high concentration of eugenol has been known to effectively kill some pests, as well as repel several others.
In spite of the gradual increase in research regarding spider repelling oils, finding the best essential oil spider repellent can still be a challenge if you don't have much experience with aromatherapy.
Thankfully, our Spider Repellent Essential Oil Blend is the perfect remedy to help you get started.
Created by our in-house experts, this blend has been specially formulated to keep spiders and mice away from your home for good while still providing a refreshing and uplifting scent.