September 04, 2018

Soon, fall will set in and the days will become cooler. You may welcome the cool temperatures and outdoor activities like football and hiking. While you are enjoying the great outdoors, bugs, mice, and spiders are seeking warmer areas like your house. No one wants to come home to that. For spiders, in particular, the cooler temperatures don’t mean just finding warmer hiding places, it also means mating season. During the cooler months, they often leave their homes looking for a mate and warmer climates to lay eggs.

Why Use Essential Oils to Repel Spiders

If you don’t want to just kill these pests, there are some essential oils to use to repel spiders. Oils are an exceptional choice to get rid of bugs and spiders. They are safe for humans and pets. Instead of having spiders in your home, and exposing your family to harmful poisons, think about using oils to get rid of spiders.

What essential oils repel spiders?

Here are some of the best oils to use to discourage spiders from hanging out in your space.

  1. Rose Essential Oil
  2. Tea Tree Essential Oil
  3. Cinnamon Essential Oil
  4. Peppermint Essential Oil
  5. Lavender Essential Oil
  6. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  7. Citronella Essential Oil
  8. Citrus Essential Oils

It’s not certain why spiders steer clear of essential oils. One of the primary thoughts is that they do not like the strong aromas of the oils. Spiders taste and smell with their legs, so they may avoid crawling through fragrant oils. All oils have monoterpenoids, and something spiders avoid this fumigant. It may be what deters spiders.

Is peppermint EO the best oil to use for a spider repellent?

Even though all of the oils listed can be used to make an effective spray to deter spiders, peppermint essential oil is the most popular choice. It might be that humans like the smell even though spiders hate it. This single oil is often used as a natural deterrent for ants, bees, hornets, and many other insects too. It keeps them at bay while giving your house a fresh fragrance.

 Recipes for Making a Spider Repellent

It’s simple to make a spider repellent using essential oils. These sprays can be used indoors or outside, just remember that the oils can discolor or stain wood, floor coverings, bedding, upholstery and other items in your home. When making the essential oil spider repellent sprays, you will want to use a glass spray bottle to protect the integrity of the oils. If you will be keeping it in a closed drawer or cabinet, it’s okay to use a clear glass spray bottle. If you will not be keeping it out of the direct light, mix and store these spider repellents in a colored glass bottle.

Spider Repellent Using Water and Essential Oils


  • 12 ounces distilled water
  • ¼ tsp dish soap
  • 5-10 drops of an essential oil or blend

Mix all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Spray the repellent weekly until there is no longer spider activity noted.

EO and Witch Hazel Spider Repellent Spray


  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Small glass spray bottle
  • Witch hazel

Add seven to 10 drops each of cinnamon EO and peppermint EO to the glass spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle up with witch hazel. Mix it all together good by gently shaking the bottle before spraying.

Peppermint Oil Repellent Recipe


  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 20 drops of peppermint oil

You may also want to add other oils to this recipe per your preference.

DIY Spider Repellent


  • 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Witch hazel
  • Other essential oils of your choice (lemon, orange, eucalyptus)
  • Vegetable glycerin

Mix these ingredients together in a glass spray bottle. Adding the vegetable glycerin helps the other ingredients bind together. That helps them linger longer where it is sprayed.



Reasons to Use Essential Oils to Repel Spiders

There are numerous ways traditional insect and spider repellents are dangerous for humans and pets. Making your own spider repellent using essential oils has several benefits. Here are a few of them:

Cost Effective:You can make a bottle of DIY insect and spider repellent for under $4.00 easily. This will last you for some time before you’ll need to mix up a new batch.

Don’t Contain DEET:DEET is one of the most common chemicals used in commercially produced spider and insect repellents.  Studies have indicated that exposure to this chemical can affect the central nervous system. It may become even more toxic if it interacts with other chemicals.

More Effective:A natural spider repellent isn’t worth using if it is not effective. Several studies have shown that most natural insect repellents are as good as or better than repellents using DEET.

Smell Better:Using essential oils to make your own spider repellent gives your house a fresh, lively scent. There are no unpleasant odors or chemicals to smell. Since there are several EOs that can be used as effective repellents, you can choose the ones you like best. The most popular oils that make spiders avoid your home can make your home smell fresh and clean.

Health Benefits:Not only do essential oils used in bug and spider sprays smell good, they also provide a number of health benefits. Lavender essential oil can help you relax. Eucalyptus is useful for clearing the sinuses. And the most popular choice, peppermint essential oil helps improve concentration. Citrus oils are invigorating and energizing.






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