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How to keep spiders out of your home


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Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, is the most common phobia in Great Britain. Throughout the world only 2% of the 63000 species of arachnids are harmful to humans, which means that most spiders are harmless. It doesn’t however, stop people wanting to get rid of them in the home. So whether you’re terrified of spiders or just want to avoid them, here are some tried and tested techniques to keep spiders out of your home.

Minty fresh

Spiders are not a fan of fresh breath or more specifically, they don’t like mint. A good tip is to crush fresh mint and add it to emptied out tea bags. Then place them in key spots around your home; the smell that will act against the spiders and send them off in the opposite direction.

White vinegar

If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, this one may not be for you, but if you really hate the little eight legged critters, this may well be the most effective deterrent. Simply spray some white vinegar around your windows and doors and spiders will not want to cross your threshold.

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You may start to see a pattern develop here, in that most of the things that spiders don’t like are strong smelling. Lavender, although a delightful smell to most humans, isn’t as popular with arachnids. In fact spiders hate the smell of lavender! Try adding the scent regularly in every room of your house through lavender essential oils. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can also make pretty bouquets of lavender which also look lovely about the house.

Alum Stone

For this little trick, we recommend that you find out where spiders most regularly hang out in your home. Usually cracks, crevices, near to water and warm spots. With some alum powder, you can easily create for yourself a natural repellent. Dissolve a couple ounces of alum powder in half a litre of warm water then pour into a spray bottle. Spray away to your hearts content and hey presto, the spiders will disappear.


“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”, or if you want to get rid of spiders, cut them in half and arrange them in every corner of the room. Yep you guessed it, they can’t stand the smell. So if you find yourself taking a walk through a forest, look out for chestnuts – this old trick has been used for years to repel spiders. Chestnut tree leaves are also a good way to get rid of them, so put them near windows’ edges.


And finally, you know that gorgeous smell when you walk into your granddads greenhouse full of tomatoes, well spiders absolutely hate it. If you can, put tomato leaves near your windows and doors. Our eight legged friends are likely to turn their noses up and walk away as they are utterly repelled by the smell. Remember, the leaves dry out quickly, so change them regularly as they won’t be effective if they’re too dry.



6 Responses to “How to keep spiders out of your home”

  1. Dan

    I don’t think these theories are gospel I grow mint, lavender Italian and English tomatoes ,I’ve got spiders (more than one breed) all over the place ! I’m not a spider person but I’d rather put it outside than kill it. I hate flies more they carry all kinds of unpleasantries, let the spiders live!

  2. Michael

    Chestnuts don’t work there was a test done and it was proven that spiders aint bothered by them and just walk straight over them. Lavender i know is great in the garden as most bugs dont like it. Dunno about the rest

  3. Rob

    Tomatoes can’t be right. Every morning when I go to water the tomatoes I forget about checking for webs, Face full of spider web.

  4. Annette Stokes

    Chestnuts do work I’ve been doing this for the last 10 yrs I’ve yet to get spiders in my home, I put them in all the corners of a room.


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