Autumn is a beautiful time of year in the Portland/Vancouver area and also signals the beginning of spider season. As temperatures continue to drop, you are more likely to encounter an eight-legged visitor scuttling around your home. Learn how to keep spiders out of your home with these natural remedies from Pioneer Pest Management.
1. Horse Chestnuts and Walnuts
Horse chestnuts and walnuts are well-known natural spider deterrents. To help keep spiders out of your home, crush some nuts and place them at spider entry points.
2. Coconut Oil and White Vinegar
Spiders most often live in the corners of homes where they will go undisturbed. You can treat these areas and any other areas covered in cobwebs by mixing a cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of coconut oil together. This concoction will help deter spiders.
3. Essential Oil
Essential oils like peppermint, cinnamon, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus have strong scents that many humans enjoy, but that spiders hate. You can make a solution by mixing a few drops of one of these essential oils and water then spraying it in entryways, around your bed and anywhere else you would like to ward off spiders.
4. Saline Solution
Salt is poisonous to spiders. You can create a saline solution using about ⅛ cup of salt mixed with a gallon of warm water. Pour it into a spray bottle and you have a natural spider-killing spray.
As you work to get rid of spiders in your home it’s also important to keep in mind, some spiders can help control other pests including mosquitoes and ants. If you’d like more about the different spider species that live in our area take a look at our spider informational page. It lists everything you may want to learn from their biology to habits and prevention.
Experts in Pest Control
A couple of spiders here and there may be unnerving, but if you’re experiencing a spider infestation, it’s best to contact a pest control technician. We at Pioneer Pest Management are knowledgeable in the variety of pests that live in the Pacific Northwest and we will help protect your home and your family from pests, including spiders. We use a proactive approach in pest control and we limit our use of products in your home. So contact Pioneer Pest Management today for all your pest control needs.