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How To Keep Spiders Out This Fall – 5 Great Natural Ways To Deter Spiders!

Looking for a few great ways to keep spiders out of your home this fall and beyond – all without having to resort to harsh chemicals and sprays?

As the weather starts to cool down and the leaves begin to dry and fall, you aren’t the only one trying to stay warm and cozy. Spiders are also on the lookout for places where they can spend their winter months. And unfortunately, inside of your home makes a perfect spot!

During the fall months, spiders start to become active and search for a mate. Once that is accomplished, they then need a warm and secure place to overwinter not only themselves, but also their eggs.

A spider hanging out on a textured wall - how to keep spiders away
Spiders definitely have their place outside helping to control insects and pests, but most people prefer to keep them out of their homes.

Cozy corners and crevices of garages, basements, and the interior of your home make perfect spots for this to occur. While the spiders might not mind being your roommate for the season, you and your family might disagree!

Instead of turning to harsh sprays and fogs that are not only expensive but can be harmful to you, your children, and your pets, there are actually some incredibly effective natural solutions that work like a charm to keep spiders out.

With that “natural” approach in mind – here is a look at 5 of the best solutions to keep those 8 legged creatures out of your home this fall and beyond.

5 Natural Ways To Keep Spiders Out

Spiders are a big part of our ecosystem. They play an important role in helping to control the population of harmful insects and pests like mosquitoes, aphids, beetles, flies, moths, earwigs, roaches, and fleas.

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Spiders are quite beneficial outdoors, helping to keep insect populations under control.

However, while spiders definitely have their place outside, most would like them to remain there. The goal with these natural products is not to kill the spiders, but instead prevent them from making your living spaces their winter home as well. 

Lavender Sachet 

While you might find the scent of lavender to be calming and pleasant, spiders think the opposite. Lavender is a strong scent that will help to send spiders looking for alternative homes in a flash. 

In addition to deterring spiders, lavender is also effective at getting rid of other pests. Lice, bedbugs, mites, and fleas also dislike the strong aroma of lavender as well. The best way to use lavender is in a sachet, which is a cloth bag that can hold the dried flowers that hold the fragrance.

If you happen to grow lavender, you can dry and make your own sachets quite easily. They are also quite easy to find in stores or on line as well. (Affiliate Product Link: Lavender and Cedar Sachets)

To use the lavender sachets, simply place one along the edge of your window frames or in any corner space. Replace the sachets as often as needed when the scent diminishes. Indoors, most can last months without issue.

Grandpa Gus Spider Repellent – How To Keep Spiders Out This Fall

Looking for an incredibly powerful and natural way to repel spiders? Then Grandpa Gus Spider Repellent pouches are for you!

Grandpa Gus's Spider pouches
Grandpa Gus’s Spider Pouches are a simple and natural way to deter spiders.

Known for their incredibly effective all-natural mouse repelling pouches, this company specially formulates their spider pouches to repel spiders and the insects they eat naturally. After all, if you target a spider’s food source, they won’t stick around long if they can’t eat! (Affiliate Product Link: Grandpa Gus’s Spider Repellent Pouches)

The pouches are made by combining peppermint and lemongrass oils to create a scent that spiders detest. The pouches last between 30 to 90 days each and are safe to use throughout your home, in basements, garages, RVs, etc. 

Simply place a pouch in the corner of rooms, closets or near doorways and window frames. Replace the pouches as needed when the scent disappears. They are safe to use around pets and children. Even better, there is no worry of staining or discoloring where you place them.

Citrus Spray – How To Keep Spiders Out This Fall

Lemons and oranges are another great natural way to keep spiders out of inside spaces. While you can place a few lemon or orange peels around your home, a better option is to create a simple citrus spray to use anywhere you need protection. 

orange peels that can be used to keep spiders out.
Using citrus peels around window seals will keep spiders from entering.

Mix about 10 to 15 drops of citrus essential oil into two cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well and spray this around your window frames and doorways, in the corner of your closets or bedrooms, or in any other location spiders tend to hide. 

Before spraying on any surface, always be sure to test a small area first to make sure no discoloration or staining occurs. Repeat spraying once a week to provide your home with a fresh citrus scent and spider protection – all at the same time!    

Peppermint Oil – How To Keep Spiders Out This Fall

Spiders truly detest the scent of peppermint. That is exactly why using the strong aroma of peppermint is one of the best ways to make your living space less than desirable for spiders. And is it ever easy to create a simple mixture of peppermint oil and water to make a safe and inexpensive spray to use throughout your home.

To make, heat two cups of water in a small saucepan on your stove. Once warm, add 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil into the water. Allow the mixture to heat for about five more minutes, but don’t let the water boil. Remove it from the heat and allow the liquid to cool completely. Product Affiliate Link : Pure Peppermint Oil

Next, add the mixture to a small spray bottle and shake lightly. Spray around your window sills, door frames and in the corner of rooms. The key is to cover areas where spiders might try to enter and set up shop. 

As always, be sure to test a small area before spraying on any surface in your home to make sure the mixture doesn’t stain or discolor it. Reapply the spray weekly for the best results.

White Vinegar – How To Keep Spiders Out This Fall

Vinegar is one of the best do-it-all natural products for the home. From helping to eliminate crabgrass in your yard to cleaning mirrors or pickling cucumbers, vinegar is a great product to have on hand. (See “How To Get Rid Of Crabgrass“)

But in addition to all of those great uses, vinegar can also be used to deter spiders. And like peppermint and citrus, it can be mixed with water to create an easy spray for around the home.

To create a vinegar spray, begin by mixing equal parts water with 5% acidity white vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake well and then use the spray directly on cobwebs or in any location where you might find spiders lurking.

A hand spraying peppermint oil in the corner of a room.
You can mist citrus, peppermint oil or vinegar spray in the corner of rooms and around your windows.

Similar to the other homemade sprays, be sure to test the vinegar spray in a small area first. Repeat weekly for effective spider control. Here is to keeping spiders out this fall and beyond – and doing it all-naturally!

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