I squished a wolf spider I found in the basement today. It was huge, with a bulging egg sac just ready to pop and flood my basement with more of the little creeps.
(Editor’s note: I then ran around in circles shrieking and waving my hands like some 50’s cartoon housewife, but let’s not get judgemental here.) The Farmer’s Almanac is dourly predicting a long and cold spring, which means every spider within a 500 mile radius is hoofing it for the interior of my house as fast as their eight legs can carry them. And my neighborhood is notorious for hobo spiders, which are extremely poisonous.
But spraying poison all through the house to kill the spiders is counterintuitive, when we have a handsy, grabby, “put that in my mouth” toddler. (Editor’s note: yes, Zoe my little angel, I’m looking at YOU!) So, here’s the battle plan…
Non-Toxic Insect Killers–Getting Spiders OUT OF THE HOUSE
First, peppermint is very effective. Spiders hate peppermint, so placing just a few drops of peppering essential oils into a spray bottle, adding a little liquid dish soap and filling with water gives you an excellent remedy for ridding your home of spiders. Spray this mixture around your windows and doors and just anywhere that you think they may be crawling around.
You can also use vinegar and coconut oil. Mix the two together into a spray bottle and spray around doors and windows, in the shower and under beds.
Finally, spiders also tend to dislike citrus oils. Lemons, limes and oranges are great essential oils to spray around. Plus, it smells better than Raid.