How to Get Rid of Spiders in Your Home

If spiders send chills down your spine, there’s nothing worse than having them in your home. Use these surprising ways to repel and keep spiders away from your home for good.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
2-minute read

Cedar Chip Solution

Put some cedar chips into a few pairs of old pantyhose and hang them where you often see spiders. Just like moths, spiders hate the scent and will leave any area where cedar chips hang.

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Walnuts to Repel Spiders

This might be an old wives’ tale, but if you’re eating walnuts, it’s worth a shot! Keep your home spider-free by putting out whole walnuts in their shell in corners, on windowsills, or wherever you tend to see the creepy crawlers. Walnut shells contain a chemical toxic to spiders, and they'll stay away.

Use Apples As Spider Repellent

If you live in a part of the country where hedge apples grow, you can use these fruits to repel spiders. Just place a few wherever you tend to see spiders hang out in your home. They’re even more effective than walnuts at keeping spiders away.

DIY Spray to Get Rid of Spiders

Did you know that spiders “taste” food through sensors on the tips of their spidey legs? And one thing they don’t like the taste of is citrus. If you’re looking to keep spiders out of your home, try making this nontoxic repellent. In a spray bottle, mix together 2 cups water with 1½ teaspoons citrus essential oil (such as orange, lemon, or lime). Spray wherever you see spiders or their webs, and the citrus flavor will send them packing.

Keep Spiders Away from Your House

Does your house need a spider-free overhaul? If you’re house is overrun with spiders and you’re determined to get rid of them for good, try these great suggestions from Bob Villa, which include turning off the lights outside around your home at night so that spiders aren’t attracted to the light.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.

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