Natural Spider Repellents

Do Natural Spider Repellents Work?

It's understandable that many people would be attracted to the idea of natural spider repellents. Green pest control methods that don't involve harsh chemicals especially appeal to people with children or pets, but also find proponents among eco-friendly homeowners.

Containing ingredients with familiar names and pleasant odors, these home remedies would be ideal if they worked. Substances typically rumored to be natural spider repellents include essential oils, like lemon and peppermint, as well as lavender, horse chestnuts, cedar, cinnamon, and cloves.

Shortcomings of Natural Repellents

In practice, most DIY spider deterrents are ineffective, allowing venomous black widows and brown recluses to hide around homes. Those that have some limited repelling ability must be frequently reapplied and can get expensive.

Best Natural Spider Repellents

The best ways to reduce outdoor spiders naturally include removing woodpiles and other debris from yards. Limiting the use of artificial lighting in the evening cuts down on insects, a spider's main food source, and therefore helps prevent hungry spiders.

Most Effective Control

Whether they are chemically-based or natural, spider repellents, most over-the-counter insecticides simply do not provide a long-term solution. The best-known control methods for spiders are treatments applied by trained professionals.

Call Orkin today for safe, effective, and lasting management of spiders and other pests.

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