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10 Natural Ways To Keep Spiders Out Of Your House!

Spiders are a part of life, and are beneficial for pest control in your garden. But they're not welcome in your home. These tips and home remedies will help keep them out!

Spiders are a part of life, and can even be a beneficial form of pest control in your garden. However, they are most often an unwelcome guest in your home.

Getting rid of spiders entirely may not be realistic (or ideal), but you can greatly minimize their populations in your home by making it a little less inviting for them.

Instead of using chemicals, try any of these natural and safe—yet effective—methods of keeping these critters outside where they belong!

Natural Spider Repellents

1. White Vinegar

White vinegar - Cleaning

If you don’t already have a stash of vinegar on hand (for cleaning and many other uses), you should. Vinegar spray can serve as an organic pest control, specifically for spiders. While it is harmless to humans, it contains acetic acid which gives it a sour taste and odor which spiders are highly sensitive to. To use, mix equal portions of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray around your home, concentrating on your kitchen and entrances where bugs may be coming in. Using vinegar as a cleaning agent in your bathroom and kitchen is a great way to get two jobs done at once!

2. Citrus

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Spiders dislike citrus as much as vinegar. Having citrus fruits in a bowl on the counter in your kitchen is a great way to keep spiders out (and to encourage healthy eating for your family). You can also rub leftover citrus peels along windowsills and doorways. To make the smell of vinegar less pungent, you can try soaking several orange peels in a cup of vinegar over night. Add the infused vinegar to a spray bottle mixed with water. It can be used as a cleaning agent or sprayed on high bug traffic areas.

3. Mint

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Mint is a great natural pest repellent. Most bugs, including spiders, hate mint. Add peppermint essential oil to water in a spray bottle and spray all over your home. An added bonus is that your house will smell minty fresh. You can also crush some dried mint leaves and put them in little sachets in your kitchen cupboard. If you don’t have fresh mint, you can also use mint tea bags. Another great way to prevent bugs from even entering your home is to plant mint leaves near your entryways.

4. Diatomaceous Earth

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Many people don’t know much about diatomaceous earth (DE). Diatomaceous earth is made of fossilized remains of a particular kind of algae called diatoms, whose outer shell is made of silica. The skeletons of diatoms are found and collected in the sediment at the bottom of rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. This white powder is not only inexpensive and effective, it is non-toxic, which makes it an excellent choice to repel spiders when you have pets or children. The silica in the DE basically absorbs all of the moisture out of the pests, causing them to dehydrate. You can simply sprinkle DE around areas where you notice bugs.

You can also mix 1 tablespoon of DE in a spray bottle of water. Shake it up well and spray around the outside of your home where you see spiders. You can also use it to keep other pests out of you garden. Either circle the plants with a ring of the powder or spray them with the water mixture. When using DE be careful not to inhale the dust. Mixing the water when applying will help you avoid dust inhalation. And be sure you are purchasing food-grade diatomaceous earth.

5. Cedar

Wood - cedar wood chips

Cedar blocks and chips sprinkled around your home and inside your house will get rid of spiders and other bugs. An added bonus is a nice woody scent around your home.

6. Horse Chestnuts

Horse chestnuts

Horse chestnuts have been known to drive spiders away. Placing a few on your windowsills or along baseboards will keep spiders from hanging out there. Chestnuts last a long time before going bad, making them a good choice.

7. Remove Dust

Spiders frequent dusty areas with lots of cobwebs. Keeping your home clean and tidy will make your home less inviting. Regular dusting and vacuuming will keep any insects from making themselves at home.

8. Organize Your Home

Minimize dark, cluttered spaces

Spiders are attracted to dark, cluttered spaces. Try stacking, organizing, and sealing your storage areas, dusting and vacuuming as you go. Also, be sure to take out your recycling regularly, and removing those stacks of empty boxes you have saved up. Spiders love to make a home in piles of cardboard, boxes, plywood and firewood.

9. Watch Your Landscaping

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Make sure the exterior of your home is free of leaves, grass clippings, wood piles and any other notorious insect hideouts. Keep bushes pruned back and weeds trimmed. Spiders and other insects are less likely to enter your home if you keep them away in the first place.

10. Don’t Let Them In

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Caulk up anywhere there are cracks where spiders can gain entrance to your home.

The best way of getting rid of spiders is by keeping them out. Making sure your home is sealed properly will prevent pests from making themselves at home. Check all door openings and windowsills to make sure there isn’t enough room for them to fit through. Applying caulk and weather stripping to any cracks and openings may do the trick.

Natalie LaVolpe is a freelance writer and former special education teacher. She is dedicated to healthy living through body and mind. She currently resides on Long Island, New York, with her husband, children and dog.

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Shane J. Roberts

I live in central southern Ontario. We have had a larger than usual number of big crickets inside this year. No more spiders or fuzzy caterpillars. The last few winters have been milder.

Dave

I just can’t stand spiders,when I was young a friend and I walked to some tall trees and we decited to spend the night we laid out our sleeping bags and went to sleep I was awoke to s slight scratching on my ear. I got my flashlight to see what was scratching and found it to be a huge Black Widow I freaked out and swatted it to the ground told my friend I wasn’t going to sleep there and walked back home.I relive that nightmare every time I see a spider !!!!

Christina

Still useful I would note that Cedar causes birth defects in small animals and is bad for our respiratory system

HollyleafTheGreat

My utmost natural way to keep the “bad” spiders out is cellar spiders. They don’t bite people, leave unattractive webs, but they can and will eat other spiders. Charlotte, Carmen, Cecile, Spinarette, Sixlet (thought she lost her back legs, was mistaken), Unnamed TV Spider, Aunt (pronounced like “ant” cause she eats ants) Killer, and Unnamed Bedroom spider don’t bother us, all they have to do is eat to their heart’s content on pests in order to live in a warm house all year, and they would just do that anyway, so it’s a win-win.

Teresa Welsh

I’m surprised that diatomaceous earth is mention here. This can have dramatic effects on our bee populations. It is no longer recommended as a source to control bugs. And it also is bad for pets that have respiratory issues and also humans.

Susan Higgins

Hi Teresa, it’s true that you don’t want the DE to be airborne. This is when it causes respiratory problems and can be dangerous for bees if allowed to settle onto flowers and leaves. Mixing it with water prevents it from getting airborne. Additionally, our recommendation is to sprinkle at the ground level acts as an effective pest control.

HollyleafTheGreat

It actually did damage to me and my mom. We were using it for fleas.

Vickie

Thanks for the info. My dog has seizures & I’ve been worried about the bee population for years. I haven’t seen any & I never use pesticides. Thank you, again.

Christa Rohdy

(for spiders)

Christa Rohdy

I use cinnamon pine cones, and add drops of cinnamon oil as the scent fades. it’s worked the last couple years so far. 🙂

Susan Higgins

Thanks, Christa!

Steevie Weevie

I love the scent of cinnamon. But isn’t that expensive? Either way, thanks for the tip. In my home we constantly fight the battle of the spiders. Yeeesh!

Michele Bailey

Chili powder gets rid of black ants. I put a line of it on my countertop backsplash to stop them from getting to the counter. When I saw the little black ants entering the back door, I put a line of chili powder across the threshold and on the floor.

Crystal Dickens

How do you get rid of gnats, it’s garden time and we love fresh veggies. But so do the gnats. It’s like the more I spray, the more they multiply. The garden is almost gone, but we have never had them this bad. Also, what can I use to deter field mice. They are so small they don’t set off a trap. I try glue traps, but they don’t always work. Living between the river and a mountain on three acres, it’s bound to happen.
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Betty

to get rid of gnats, this really works!
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar (brown)
6 drops Dawn blue liquid
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 cup warm water
Mix to dissolve sugar, Place in small bowl on window near where veggies are stored. I was shocked at the number that died. Good luck!

Debra Z.

Megan E. Just put a couple capfuls of bleach down your sink drains at night. No more breeding down there after you do that.

SUSAN S

Please stop recommending the use of diatomaceous earth! It may be effective in deterring pests but is also harmful to beneficial insects and earthworms. It doesn’t ever go away. It is like using ground glass. If you sweep it up and throw it away it will still end up in the ground somewhere. It looks like harmless powder to humans but it’s not harmless not to critters like earthworms. If you sprinkle it in your house or around your doors it will get tracked to where the beneficial critters are.

Kat

Spiders eat other pests, especially flies. They are welcome in my home.
Also, I once had a roommate who had a tarantula, she was named Gwynevere.
I do use diatomaceous earth around entrances to keep insects out, including the ants that thought dry cat food was good enough for them. They did not come back.

HollyleafTheGreat

There are some spiders I just don’t want in my house. That’s why I keep the Cellar Spiders around. Sweet things that don’t bite keep the brown recluses and wolf spiders outside or sucked dry.

C Kimble

Holly….oh my goodness, you are a whole different type of person, for sure

Rossana

I agree, today I found a wolf spider in my yoga mat I keep in my towel closet, it was huge and I almost had a heart attack. My kids were upstairs and thought someone was murdering me. Those spiders don’t belong in the house, my husband was cleaning the yard on Sunday and there’s a sliding door that connects to the patio and yard, lots of leaves and branches were removed; I guess this creepy spiders found a crack and went in the house. I was shaking for 30 minutes. I suffer from arachnophobia. I will try the tips from this post ASAP.

Zachary Lawson

Honestly if it’s a tarantula I’m fine but I just saw what could be a brown recluse and oof

kim carpenter

i thought about moth balls. i don”t have any small kids or pets kimc

Jenny

Any ideas on getting rid of boxelder bugs and ladybugs? Every October they literally move into my house by the hundreds and don’t leave until March or April, depending on when it gets warm. I’m in Minnesota right next to a riverbank, and I’ve gotten rid of the nearby boxelder tree, but there’s one down by the river that can’t be accessed, and there are many others along the bank that don’t belong to anyone.

HollyleafTheGreat

Maybe seal off entrance points?

Greg Smith

We use the plug in devices that flash a red light every few seconds. 4700 sq ft, three level house in the country and at the most I’ve seen a half dozen spiders in a 17 year period. One unit in each room and two in the indoor pool room.

Rossana

Can you please share the brand name? Today I found the biggest wolf spider, I’m still shaking and I don’t want to encounter more. Thanks.

Tav-El

Momo, there are no polar bears in Antarctica. So you’re good.

Momo

Just gonna move to Antarctica, oh wait polar bears, and Pauline. Nevermind if it was only polar bears why maybe.

Momo

Moving to Antarctica. Oh, wait polar bears, never mind

Momo

Damn it autocorrect I meant Paylin.

Becky

About growing mint. It will grow RAMPANTLY, to put it mildly (personal experience :). However, keeping it potted as opposed to growing it dierctly in the ground will prevent spreading.

Susan Higgins

Hi Becky, you are correct. We actually posted this as a tip a few weeks back. Take a look: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/tips/plant-mint-containers/

Lee Anderson

Chestnuts still in the hull, or hull removed?????

Peggy

I read in Handman about Wet and Forget for spiders. Had a huge problem in my detached garage, I mean huge.. My kind brother in law cleaned the webs and sprayed for me this summer. No webs to date. You can order online or Lowes and Ace some carry it. Hope you have as good luck as I have.

Ernesto

Dawn soap kills fleas in seconds

karen piazza

Would you elaborate somewhat??? Please. Also I see dry ice kills fleas but when I go to it it has nothing about dry ice, it freaking frustrating!!!. If any info please lmao. Thank you

karen piazza

Please lmk not lmao

HollyleafTheGreat

Too bad I can’t just douse the entire house in dawn then…

Robin

If you have fleas in the house, put a shallow dish with water and a squirt of any dish soap, put it on the floor and change daily. Fleas need and are attracted to the water. The soap breaks the tension on the water, and the fleas drowned.

Kelly

Get rid of fleas without any chemical natural or unnatural. “Victors Ultimate Flea Trap”. I swear by it.

Megan E.

Last spring and summer, we had a problem with water bugs and other big insects that you usually see outside at night in the South. I finally figured out how they were getting in: through the drains! Kitchen sink, bathroom sinks and bathtubs! I saw the first one this year in March. I bought drain screens/covers (metal, like what goes in a screen door) that allow water to go through, but not bugs. I’ve been meticulous about keeping all drains covered. How can I keep these horrid creatures out of our house permanently? Could a plumber go under the house and perhaps attach screen material over the drains?

Sandy

Something that truly works is Ortho Home Defence. It all depends on how badly you want to keep spiders out. I have used this for years and I spray around all base boards, windows, doors inside and out, even under beds and I usually don’t see any spiders. I usually only spray in the spring and in the fall when bugs start to come in. Some of the natural remedies may help somewhat but if you want something you can be sure of try the Ortho and spray generously.

Michele

We recently moved and have a lot of spiders. Ortho was sprayed when we moved in. All over the outside of the house, windows, doors, and everything else. Said it was good for a year. Still have them getting in some how.

Pam

As was explained by a pest control tech: Unfortunately, spiders and scorpions don’t clean themselves like other insects, making pesticides less likely to work on them (however their food supply is diminished).

Mary

Tried the peppermint oil and water and did not work. As for sealing them out, I have floor vents. They crawl through no matter what I do.

Billie

For the floor vents I used laundry sheets to cover under the vents. Works great and makes ur house smell awesome

lisa kingsland

Any tips on how to get rid of Brown Recluse spider? I have to many in my home

Jeanine

There’s a mixture of 2 tbsp borax 1/2-1 c sugar and 1-2 cups boiling water. Mix together and add cotton balls then place around areas where ants are coming in and might go. Had a problem once and I did this and now gone!

Kaye

There are several good products on the market for getting rid of ants. One is called Terro, or you can simply sprinkle Borax around. The best spider deterrent is a product called Big H spider traps. Was designed for Brown Recluse,but other spiders get trapped too!

Liza Anderson-Melcher

I use Hedgeballs. They honestly work very well. Most of the Grocery Stores in my are carry them from Spring til Fall.

Laura Ayala.

I use peppermint essential oil. I have been for a few years now. I do use it in a spray bottle mixed with water. The trick to this is to shake and spray doing both continuously. You do get the oils out with the water. I have seen an 80% or so decrease in the spiders around my house. I also know that the diatomaceous earth works to Remove many pest, including bed bugs and roaches. Apartment life has been fun. Thanks for the article.

Chrissi.W

If you have a terrible ant problem, get a shot of something very sweet like peach schnapps in a tall glass and leave. The glass will be over run by drunk ants. Keep repeating till ants are gone

wezie awkerman

I use mothballs for spiders

Lisette Menendez

If you spray the inside and/or outside of your home then aren’t you keeping what spiders are inside, inside?

Jackie

Hedge Apples also aid in keeping spiders away. Place them in the basement or in corner’s of a room.

Jillian

If you drink mint tea you can set your tea bags out over night to dry and store them in an air tight container, when you have 8-10 place them in various areas of your house (I use them in my garage) and replace them every few months, the scent isn’t super strong but it does the trick for spiders at my house.

Rajendran S

Nice article if it works

jm

Don’t add essential oils to water. Water and oil do NOT mix. You’ll just end up spraying a bunch of plain water all over the place, and then a couple of drops of concentrated essential oil in one place…

AF

Add a little dish soap to water and essential oil mixture, helps keep the oils broken up and distributed in the water for more even application.

nut

that is a garden spider that don’t come in side

Jacqueline

My best defense against spiders is to vacuum all around windows & corners of wall & the base under kitchen cabinets – anywhere you see spider webs. Be sure to vacuum up the webs & eggs & spiders. Do that whenever you see webs and it will put an end to spiders in your house.

Sheri Jones

Citrus may work for some, but black widows don’t seem to mind. My brother worked in an orange grove in Florida. He said the orange trees had many black widow spiders in them.

Susan Higgins

Lucinda, we have some great tips for ants: Keep the Ants from Marching In!

paul

Bug spray or even a shoe…

Dawn

Another name for Hedge apples or Osage Oranges is Monkey Brains.
I also have heard they work great for keeping spiders away

squeeze

Hedgeapples the green,softball size fruit from the Osage Orange Tree, will run s

Debra

Penny royal! Spiders hate it! The plant grows very much like mint — easily propagated and spreads or an essential oil mix tucked on cotton balls in out of the way places. Be carful of furniture finishes.
Since I planted it around my porch I have seen far fewer spiders and bugs.

June Whitehead

If you have earwigs hanging out in your door jam & window frames take a bottle of cheap dish soap & an old paint brush,coat the door jam & window frames with dish soap. If there is a hole that could possibly have a nest in it squirt some dish soap in the hole. Find one in the sink just squirt some dush soap on it & in a small circle around it. Dish soap kills earwigs almost immediately.

Chip

Lucinda, ground cinnamon for wants

Deborah

I generally don’t mind bugs, critters or even most spiders. I just don’t like them crawling on me or in my bed when I’m sleeping or when I’m not expecting them. I will always try to “relocate” a spider from inside to outside using an envelope and a jar. Will try the vinegar method if my other attempts don’t work.

Pamela

#11: burn down the house.

Rossana

Believe I wanted to do this today when I found a huge and fuzzy wolf spider while unrolling my yoga mat. I was shaking for half an hour, I told my kids to get rid of it and also my yoga mat 🙁

Ade

Use table salt for ants doesnt kill just makes them move

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