Dryer Sheets to Repel Mosquitoes, Spiders and Rodents: Fake
Dryer sheets are rumored to help protect against much more than static cling. But there is no scientific research to back up these claims. Wiping dryer sheets along baseboards and in corners may appear to work because they are picking up dust and crumbs, which attract pests, but it doesn’t repel pests like mosquitoes. So what can help repel these pests?
- For mosquitoes: Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent with DEET.
- For spiders: Install screens and tighten seals on doors and windows. Also, remove webs and other insects, which are a food source for spiders.
- For rodents: Clean up crumbs, cover trash cans, store food in tightly sealed containers and seal cracks and crevices inside and outside the home.