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    • #240151
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankBiggerPiggyBank
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      I found if I put horse chestnuts in the corners of my rooms the spiders stay
      away. They apparently don’t like the smell of them. Humans cannot smell them
      unless you stick you nose on one.

      It works great here where we have spiders
      averaging 2″ in size!

      Jan in sunny Victoria BC

    • #434380

      Use a mixture of peppermint essential oil and water in a squirt bottle. Spray around door frames, windows, corners, garages, patio doors, etc…spiders HATE the smell of Peppermint

    • #434385

      great ideas for the spiders, not sure what horse chestnust or horse apples are tho.. does anyone have a or know of a ‘multi pest,insect’ spray or item like mentioned that will do many if not all bugs? I have panic attacks with any kind of bug, even lady bugs and catapillers.

      Sadly the bug doesn’t even need to be on me, it could be across the room on the wall and I’ll start having hot flashes, eyes tear up, get all sweaty with the rapid heartbeat.. any suggestions other than 40.00+ a month for orkin would be much appreciated

    • #434407

      Peppermint is used to deter mice as well 🙂

    • #434421

      Omg I hate spiders too!

    • #435416

      @Nevertheless 254437 wrote:

      Omg I hate spiders too!

      those kind of ‘critters’ and i…we just do not get along.
      cook’s pest control comes every month due to that exact thing.
      really have a thing about ‘bugs’….:disallowed:

    • #440488

      I have a pest guy that comes once a month, and he is really good at coming back anytime I suspect a problem. If it is inside the month period, he will not charge me again. They specify that they get rid of cockroaches, centipedes, silver fish, ear wigs, and literally all sorts of other bugs.

      However, it seems that they are not always successful with spiders, and he says you cannot be as successful with them, unless you can get into where ever they are, because they don’t always come out to where the poison is, and sometimes when they do, they just miss it, as so many of them are literally off the ground and just travel the walls, ceilings and windows, not to mention on the ground itself, they usually don’t get as close as the other pests (their legs lift them a little higher up sometimes).

      I know these are all God’s little creatures, and they all have a purpose to fulfill. However, I can’t abide them when they come around me! If they could stay far away in the brush, in the desert, in the mountains, etc.

      I would know to watch out for them there, but here in my house?!!!no way, not today, nuh-uh, nug-uh! they and i don’t get along either! not at all!

    • #441809

      two centsSo now I need to google “horse chesnuts” to learn what they are. I hope I can get some locally. Thanks for the tip Jan!

    • #442697

      Any idea on how to keep them away from the outside doors? We moved recently and there are A LOT of spiders and mosquitos out back. Its like a 1 , 2 punch effect.

      Walking out side u get hit with the spider webs… ewww by the sliding glass doors and then the mosquito. I am still looking for lemon grass where i live cause it really does work for the mosquitos esp lemon grass essential oil instead of using off.

      But there are so many spiders … any ideas. I really wanna build a bat box and hope it works lol

    • #443493

      I have also heard that peppermint works to deter spiders, I know it works on mice. I live in (very) rural Missouri and use peppermint oil in my kitchen cupboards. You do need to keep it fresh, I put a few drops in a used canning lid in various places under my counter whenever I open the drawer/door and don’t get a good whiff of peppermint.

      Haven’t tried it for spiders yet, but intend to. I buy my oil online, (don’t know if I’m allowed to give the name) since it’s so much cheaper than driving to the city.

    • #443868

      Is there a way to make your on peppermint oil. I have peppermint plants in my yard and if I knew you to make the oil I would.

    • #444364

      @Lorraine 254182 wrote:

      great ideas for the spiders, not sure what horse chestnust or horse apples are tho.. does anyone have a or know of a ‘multi pest,insect’ spray or item like mentioned that will do many if not all bugs? I have panic attacks with any kind of bug, even lady bugs and catapillers.

      Sadly the bug doesn’t even need to be on me, it could be across the room on the wall and I’ll start having hot flashes, eyes tear up, get all sweaty with the rapid heartbeat.. any suggestions other than 40.00+ a month for orkin would be much appreciated

      That’s what happened to me when I think of my ex husband!

    • #444380

      I don’t like spiders or mice, I’m going to try the peppermint spray.

    • #444591


      definitely going to try the peppermint spray. a friend just sent me a link on that on facebook recently after finding a big spider in my bathtub. now that cooler temps are kicking in in iowa and living in the country – spiders and mice are a given.

      and the old garage door doesn’t do much of a job keeping pests – out. for the mice i just get those cheap traps in a package that i call “chip clips”. easy to set with a tiny bit of pb and easy to empty them unless you’re like my daughter and hate seeing the dead mice 😉

    • #444604
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankcjsmith45
      Participant

      I’m visiting my daughter in Arkansas and her house is full of spiders. She also has ants and I’ve seen a few roaches as well. They’ve only been in this place for about 2 months and it’s an older uncared for house.

      I’m going to get some peppermint oil and try this! Would peppermint teabags work as well?

    • #444681

      They don’t like Peppermint either. By planting Peppermint around your entry ways and doors/windows they will stay away. Also, can make a spray with Peppermint essential oil and water shaking very well then spraying where you don’t want them.

      Just a thought!

    • #444711

      I was bitten by a Brown Recluse 13 years ago and it ruined my leg. Nobody hates spiders worse than I do since that little adventure . .

      . I carried bug spray around for months . .

      LOL . . .

      People could have gotten wealthy from buying stocks on bug spray . . .and we have lots of spiders here.

      I will try the peppermint thing . . I saw an ugly spider yesterday in my bedroom and sprayed about a 1/2 can on him.

      I don’t know where he went. He was ugly and I shivered.

    • #444712

      I like the smell of peppermint . . .

      but wait . . .

      maybe i overdid it? ? ?

      i read in your posts about using peppermint cuz spiders hate it, so i got out my essential peppermint oil and put a bunch in my closet, in the corners, under, behind, and around my bed and whooooeeeee . . .

      it sure smells pepperminty in here. lol lol. hope all the spiders go outside and freeze to death!

    • #444713

      Won’t that attract ants?

    • #446118

      I live in tn and we have a tree of those. here they are called ” mock oranges”. they are the same thing as “horse chestnuts and ” osage oranges.

      i will be ready next summer when they fall from our tree. i wish i had known this sooner! lol i wanted to ask if it would be a good idea to throw them up under the crawl space under our house?

      if they do not smell or rot, it should be ok, but wanted to know for sure from those of you that are experienced with them.

    • #447100

      I am glad I Googled ‘horse chestnuts’ & realized those of you using these in your homes were not using what I thought you were 😮

      I am a horse owner. There is a callous like growth on their legs that is peeled off (just with one’s fingers) every so often. My fingers reek from this task & they are sort of gross looking so I could not imagine putting those in my house 😮

    • #447601

      In the South, we call “horse chestnuts” buckeyes. in england, they call them conkers.

      and osage oranges are the fruit from the Bois D’Arc or “bodock” tree. The tree has thorns bigger than any cactus, that will actually flatten a tractor tire. Before the Civil War, the living tree was interwoven as it grew, to make fences to keep in live stock.

      The tree is slow-growing, and there are some still around that actually saw the battles during that war. The Native Americans used the tree to make bows, hence the name Bois D’Arc.

      Buckeyes are poisonous, unless they are properly roasted. Once cooked in the oven, they can be ground and used in recipes. Uncooked, they are just plain nasty, and even squirrels won’t eat them.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckeye_(tree)

    • #447942
      Avatar for BiggerPiggyBankWildpuppy57
      Participant

      The peppermint spray sounds great…hate spiders!! will this work on other insects, as well? thanks!

    • #448924

      We have always called them hedge apples, from the hedge trees.

    • #449987

      Horse chestnuts or know was conkers

    • #450358

      I heard it is peppermint for mice and cinnamon for spiders. Either way, I melted scented wax – oh was it strong. I have not seen either one this year.

      Knock on wood. I will use both if I have too. I will plant peppermint around my house if that will help.

      I live in the county in Missouri, for as bad of a winter as it has been I am really surprised it hasn’t been worse with bugs and rodents. Thanks.

    • #450375

      KimCM: did just the smell of the melted wax keep them away?

    • #451292

      @mooresas 428030 wrote:

      KimCM: did just the smell of the melted wax keep them away?

      The article said it is the smell. I was using a mixture for spiders that was vinegar, water and pepper. The amount of pepper it required had to be incorrect.

      It clogged all my spray bottles and never did the pepper fully dissolve. Now it did make the spiders stop and seem disoriented, but didn’t kill them. So using the cinnamon scented wax was clean and I still haven’t seen any spiders or mice.

    • #451306

      I think in Iowa we call them hedge balls, people around here put them in their basements for spiders.

    • #451344

      20 mule team borax will get rid of ants , roaches,and spiders,sprinkle around ,foundation, windows, doors, around plumbing ect. In other words everywhere, you can and cant see.

    • #451490

      is borax safe to use around pets? I would think so, but its worth it to check.

      Thank you

    • #451499

      Horse Chestnuts are a nut from what is more commonly called the Conker Tree

    • #451706

      thanx for all the useful info does peppermint also get rid of ants i hate all bugs but they seem to have a radar for that and come running lol

    • #451729

      Here in NC you can find horse chesnuts if a neighbor has a tree that grows them or some of the farmers markets have them at times, great tips, I had not thought about the peppermint oil and spray , I will try that now. I use peppermint leaves in my cabinets to deter ants

    • #452163

      What are ‘horse chestnuts’?

    • #452669

      What is the recipe of the mixture?

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