So, spiders. I hate em’. BAD.
I know, I know. They serve a very good purpose on this great big mother earth, but I’d prefer them to stay WAAAY out of sight. And most definitely out of my house. You want to know what’s awesome about this natural spider spray? While regular pest control kills spiders once they enter your home, this stuff keeps them far, far away to begin with. Cue the happy dance!!
The only thing better than how great it works, is how incredibly simple it is to make. Like I’m embarrassed to even call it a recipe, simple. Add in the major cost savings over conventional pest control, and this natural spider spray is a no-brainer.
Ingredients for Natural Spider Spray
15-20 drops peppermint essential oil
Water to fill 16 oz spray bottle
16 oz spray bottle
Directions for Making Natural Spider Spray
Fill spray bottle of choice with water and add the peppermint essential oil. Give it a good shake and wahlah! You have the easiest, most effective natural spider spray around. Spray around exterior and interior doors windows, and foundations weekly to keep pests out. Take a deep breath and revel in how awesome your home smells. Shake before each use to re-mix the oil and water.
I recommend using a glass spray bottle for this spray because sometimes when essential oils are placed in plastic containers, the oils can break down the plastic, causing the container to collapse.
This natural spider spray works because spiders HATE peppermint. Their taste buds are in their feet and for whatever reason, they’ll do anything to refrain from walking on it.
Quick little story to illustrate how awesome this stuff is: Once upon a time we lived in a home that also could have been named Arachnid Four Seasons. I was killing at least 4 spiders a day even after having exterior pest control and interior organic pest control do their thang. This is what one of my five interior spider traps looked like 4 weeks after spraying inside and out.
Does that make you want to hurl or what??
Meanwhile, I heard that spiders and other pests (like mice) hate peppermint, so I whipped up my some of this stuff in about 10 seconds and immediately sprayed around my windows and doors. That was 9 months ago and I literally have not killed a spider sense. No exaggeration.
My friend lives in a basement apartment of a home that sits on a mountainside. This spider oasis is 10 steps from her front door.
She uses this natural spider spray weekly and her home is completely spider free! Check out how cobweb free her door is!
Before she moved in it was covered in webs and lots of creepy crawly things in the corners.
Peppermint Oil: $1.40
Total Cost (assuming you have a spray bottle): $1.40 per batch.
I use 2-3 bottles per month during peak spider season and spray maybe once per month during the winter. So, during the months of most use I am spending $4.20 on pest control. I don’t know about you, but that sure beats any local pest control companies around here!
- 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil
- Water to fill 16 oz spray bottle
- 16 oz spray bottle
- Fill spray bottle of choice with water and add the peppermint essential oil. Give it a good shake and wahlah! You have the easiest, most effective natural spider spray around. Spray around exterior and interior doors windows, and foundations weekly to keep pests out. Take a deep breath and revel in how awesome your home smells. Shake before each use to re-mix the oil and water.
NotesI recommend using a glass spray bottle for this spray because sometimes when essential oils are placed in plastic containers, the oils can break down the plastic, causing the container to collapse. This natural spider spray works because spiders HATE peppermint. Their taste buds are in their feet and for whatever reason, they'll do anything to refrain from walking on it.
Have I sold you yet? I can keep going, but I’ll spare you. Just make this and you won’t regret it.
What about using fresh peppermint? Is it as effective?
I am not sure. I have only used the peppermint essential oil.
Heidi Weller says
Is this ok to spray outside home where a pregnant person is living?
Sylvia Tunnicliffe says
It’s very important that you emphasize not safe for cats!! Glad I read the comments. I was about to make up batches for my daughters’s homes as well as mine. All three of us have kitty cats!!
I didn’t See anything about cats. Why is this not good for cats? I have two and was going to try this.
You can also use spearmint oil. I’m not a fan of peppermint. Also I add 5 to 10 drops of lemon oil as they hate citrus.
How about kids. It is ok to use around kids. I think I have a spider in my bed. I keep waking up with bites on my wrist. I want to make sure its ok for my 2 year old.
I’ve used it around my kids without any issues!
xuanmy le says
Is this pet friendly and safe for kids?
While it is safe to use around kids and dogs, it is NOT safe around cats. Do not use peppermint oil, diffusers or peppermint candles around cats. It causes respiratory distress among other things. Check with your vet before using.
I’ll have to try this, but those glue traps work wonders for me. Just have to make sure they are fresh, you know the glue can get dry or clogged up with dust and stuff. I found SlaySpider and been getting my spider traps delivered monthly. No more wondering 🙂
Ruth Bryant says
This is really great information. I had no idea my oils could harm my cats!
It’s worth a try! I’ve never tried it myself!
Can this be sprayed on beds?! Woke up to a huge spider crawling on my arm to my neck. Can’t sleep now and wanting to spray around all the kids beds as well. Should i spray the carpet around the beds or directly onto mattresses? Never used essential oils before.
Yep, you can spray it everywhere! 🙂
Put a dryer sheet in your bed. A friend told me about this years ago and we do this at our mountain cabin and no spiders in the beds ever since (previously we would find them on the regular eeks!).
to be more effective I would use more than one treatment at the same time…ie: diatomaceous earth (food grade) and this peppermint spray
so I would spray the oil around first then go back to those areas and sprinkle down the earth too and/or through it on the bug directly…remember the spray does not kill anything…just sends it elsewhere but the earth will kill the insect eventually by cutting it’s abdomen open by crawling over it and then they die of dehydration
Is this peppermint oil good to spray in the yard, my renter told me he seen black and brown widows. I lived there many year back we woulld cut the grass and never seen anything. I want to try it for outside we got little kids, will it work plz I’m worried for my new renters.
MDE Pest Services says
This is awesome! In a world where we’re all looking for natural solutions for everything this is perfect! Thanks for the info!
Anna Banana says
Thanks a lot for the new (to me) spiders I had to google! ?
I’m old, broke and try to be as toxin free as possible while living in the desert. Eeek! All sorts of creepy crawlies!
The best, easiest method I have found is food grade diatomaceous earth. Make sure it’s food grade. Follow package directions and put it everywhere. It is safe for kids and animals. Available on Amazon (isn’t everything ?) and probably your local garden/farming store. And Walmart.
Where do you spread the diatomaceous earth , how thick of a layer and how long do you leave it down inside your house?
David Diaz says
Good grade is very important as this is also used in pools. Even though food grade you must be careful to not breathe in while you place it. Better if you actually mix into a spray as wondercide does. It’s very fine powder and you don’t want in your lungs.