How to Make an Effective Spider Repellent

What You'll Need
A 1-quart spray bottle
An essential oil of your choosing: cinnamon, tea tree, lavender, citronella, or peppermint.
1 ounce of Neem oil per bottle of repellent (available at health food stores)

It is possible to keep keep those eight-legged freaks out of your home by making your own effective spider repellent. By making your own repellent, you save your family and pets from the harmful effects of the harsh chemicals used in commercial repellents.

While almost all spiders are poisonous, most are harmless to humans and pets because their venom is not strong enough to have any effect on larger creatures. Spiders are actually good to have around the house because they eat other bugs, but it can be a nuisance to clean the webs they leave around your home, and to deal with seasonal spider bites. Also, many more people than not are just plain creeped out by spiders and don't even want to be in the same room once they've spotted a spider.

Step 1: Mix Your Repellent

First, add the Neem oil to the 1 quart bottle. Then add four drops of one of the essential oils. Which one you use is completely up to you and depends on your own tastes. Spiders don't like any of them, and they all work equally well. Fill the bottle with water and shake well.

Step 2: Determine Where You Need to Spray

Look around your home to discover where you have the most problems with spiders. Look for webs and egg sacks. Inspect the outside of your home for spots where spiders might find easy access. Common points of entry are cracks in siding or stucco, vents (including dryer, exhaust, and natural gas), windows, and doors. Spiders like to hide in eaves and under porches, so make a note of all those dark, creepy places that should be sprayed.

Step 3: Clean Out Existing Webs

Before spraying, it is a good idea to go around and clean out existing webs and egg sacks. This should be done inside and out, using a vacuum, broom, or hose. If you use a broom, make sure to wash it afterwards to rid it of any egg sacks or live spiders.

Step 4: Spray the Repellent

Start from the outside and work your way around the house. Spray the repellent liberally in each area you found signs of spiders or areas that are natural homes for spiders. Then work on the vents, windows, and doors. When they have all been sprayed, start with the inside. You will probably need two bottles of repellent to spray inside and out. Again, spray the areas that had spider and web activity. It is a good idea to spray along the base of walls and cupboards, as well as around doorways.

By making your own, natural repellent, there is no need to vacate your home for any period of time or to keep pets away from treated areas. The ingredients are natural and will not harm your family or cause adverse effects.