|Written by Kristie Raburn|
Spiders and other creepy crawlers find their way into our homes, not matter what time of year or season. To keep them out of your living areas, a complete cleaning of the home first is your best defense. Then, keep them away with natural repellants such as moth balls, peppermint oil and dishwashing detergent.
Thoroughly and completely clean all cracks and crevices, upstairs and downstairs.Ā Clean all corners, ceilings and dark closet areas with a hose on your vacuum. Suck those little bugs and their eggs right into your vacuum. Then empty the vacuum outside, far away from the house.
While you are cleaning inside, check for cracks in the plaster, openings around light sockets or any other place bugs can call into. Use putty to seal up all holes and cracks. On larger, longer cracks, use wall tape and putty over the tape.
Make an indoor bug repellant. Mix five tablespoons of dishwashing liquid with one quart of regular tap water. Then mix in one eighth of a cup of Neem Oil and several drops of peppermint oil. Both oils can be found at health food stores. Mix the dishwashing liquid, tap water, and oils together well and pour into a spray bottle.
Spray all interior areas around the base boards and in dark closet with the oil mixture. Peppermint oil has been used for centuries to clean the air and chase away bugs. Do not spray fabric and upholstery with the oil mixture as it may stain the fabric.
At the home improvement store, purchase Osage Orange, also called Hedge Apples. This natural repellant is effective in getting rid of all types of insects, including spiders. Follow package directions and put the Osage Orange around all your windows and doors to keep new pests outside where they belong.
To keep the critters outside your home, mix one half pound of moth balls with a two pound package of clay kitty litter. Do not use the clumping, scented kitty litter. The cheap old fashion kind that you use to clean your driveway with is perfect. Use this mixture outside your house, along the foundation and under the porch and in the garage. If you have one, put some of the mixture next to your wood pile to keep the pest from crawling under the bark on the wood. Moth balls placed in dark, quiet areas will also help repel spider, especially in dark areas of your basement and garage or attic.
Outside, keep the grass cut, keep trash away from the house and clear the foundation area of debris, such as leaves and twigs. Keep all woodpiles outside as long a necessary. When bringing wood in for your fireplace always drop the wood on the ground first before bringing it into your home. It helps to get rid of any bugs hiding in the wood and under the bark. Keeping moth balls around the wood pile will also help.