Spiders are creepy, crawly, scary and sometimes dangerous. While they are fascinating to watch while building their webs, and they eat other creepy crawly critters, they are not usually welcome inside homes. Staying true to living green, there are some ways to discourage spiders from coming in without use of chemicals and other harmful products.
1. Block their ability to come in. Check to make sure there are no openings through which they can enter. Inspect caulk around windows and frames, rubber strips on door and window bottoms, seals around wires and pipes going out and coming in. Replace or repair as needed.
2. Clean up around the outside. Spiders lurk in grass and leaves. Periodically sweep or rake debris from around the foundation of the house or building if on the ground floor. Don’t pile wood against a building. Many nasty critters love woodpiles.
3. Spiders dislike citrus smells. Rubbing orange or lemon peels along window sills and other places spiders hang out will drive them away. Place a used lemon half on bookshelves or near baseboards. Replace frequently to keep the scent fresh.
4. Spiders also dislike cedar. Cedar closets are a great reminder that this ancient wood deters all types of insects. Placing cedar mulch in beds near the house foundation sends them off. Place mulch in small flower pots at other trouble spots, too. Add a whirligig or other lawn decoration for some fun.
5. Other spider deterrents include chestnuts placed on window sills. If you have cats, however, the chestnuts may end up as a great cat toy, so beware.
6. Tobacco gives of a strong smell spiders dislike, along with many humans. Tobacco is not a good idea around pets or kids, either, but may work outside.
7. Spiders don’t drink, so liquid sprays won’t be very effective. However, they are attracted to vinegar and rose scented water and when they crawl in, the taste buds on their legs aren’t giving them positive feedback. Be cautious with oils- they can leave spots on paint and fabric.
8. The best defense may be a strong offense, with consistent cleaning, clutter reduction, and organization to eliminate places and areas they like.