Some spiders in the home are completely harmless, but others- like this pretty (& rare) Black & White Black Widow Spider, can be deadly to children and those with comprised immune systems.
Although you cannot see her hourglass from this shot, I can assure you, it's there. I took hundreds of photos of her! Around our home we've frequently spotted Black Widows, Brown Widows, Brown Recluse as well as a multitude of harmless garden spiders.
Homemade natural spider repellents may be applied more frequently as they do not contain harsh chemicals that are unsafe for pets or children.
5 Drops of Essential Oil (Choose One: Citrus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Cinnamon, Peppermint or Citronella)
5 drops Dawn Dishsoap or Castile Soap
1 qt Water
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle, cover tightly and shake well to blend. To use, apply liberally to areas where spiders have been spotted, particularly along baseboards, corners
The mixture can be applied to a cloth and wipe along various surface such as the backs of counter tops and windowsills to deter entrance.
To deter spiders from lingering in your garden and flowerbeds, save the peelings from your citrus snacks (lemon peels, orange peels and tangerine peels), tear them into pieces and sprinkle them liberally throughout the flower beds to repel them.
If you're not fond of citrus smells or do not have essential oils on hand, here is a Spicy Alternative Recipe.
1/2 c. vinegar (white or cider)
2 Tbs Hot Chili Powder
1 qt water
Combine all in a 1 quart spray bottle (available at the dollar store), tighten the cover and shake well to combine. Spray directly on existing webs and areas the spiders have recently been spotted. Keep this mixture away from pets as will irritate their sensitive noses.
Big Batch- How to Repel Spiders from the Lawn & Garden
Bring 1 Gallon of water to a boil, add an entire package of (no-name brand) pipe or chewing tobacco, immediately turn it off and then let it soak until the water completely cools.
Strain it carefully into a clean container. To apply it to the entire yard, place 1 c. of the "Tobacco" juice in a hose end sprayer, add 1/2 cup of cheap lemon dish soap (such as Joy) and attach the garden hose. Spray the yard and garden liberally to repel spiders, mosquitoes and other nasties.
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