Mission Organization: Week 40 - Those Itsy Bitsy Spiders

I don't really want to get rid of all spiders, I just don't want them living in my CLOSETS or under my BEDS or behind my COUCH or on my PORCH or actually anywhere in my HOUSE. I know that spiders can be useful to help get rid of insects, and I do appreciate them doing their job, but I do want to keep my house spider free mostly because they CREEP ME OUT. After all, the fear of spiders is the most common phobia in the world!

This garden spider was in my back yard, and I carefully avoided any contact while she went about the business of catching insects in her web. I wouldn't harm this creature, but neither will I allow her cousins to co-habitate with me.

I recently found that one of Ms. Garden Spider's relatives had set up shop in the upper corner of my front porch. This fellow had done an excellent job of catching moths, but I got my broom and evicted the tenant. Keeping all webs and spiders off the porches and windows will also help to keep the interior of the house spider free.

There are several ways to keep spiders from feeling welcome in your home. Start by sealing any cracks that allow spiders to enter your home. Another way is to keep your house clean and clutter free. Spiders view clutter as a condo with a 'welcome' mat out for them. Purge closets of unessential items and avoid using cardboard boxes for storage. Avoid stacking clothing or papers on the floor, as spiders love to hide in such areas. I'm not sure exactly why, but many report that dusting furniture and window sills with Lemon Pledge is supposed to be a good spider repellant.

A natural and good smelling way to repel spiders is to use essential oils. Peppermint and eucalyptus are two that are good for this purpose. I have also been told that citrus oils are effective as well.

Mix 2 teaspoons of essential oil with 1 cup of water and shake well. Spray around doorways, windows, corners, or anywhere a spider might frequent. This will not only repel spiders, your house will smell great! Take precautions if you have pets, the solution could be irritating to them.

Another method for dealing with the creepy crawlies is the Catchmaster glue boards. These are very easy to place in out of the way places, and you will soon find out where spiders visit most frequently. 

It may take some effort and repeated application, but I believe spiders can be relegated out of the house and back to the garden where they and I will be much happier. I'd love to hear of any other good "spider remedies" that have been effective for anyone else.

The opinions stated in this post are my own. I have received no compensation from the manufacturers of the products mentioned herein.


  1. Eeewww. I do not like spiders in my house either. A few weeks ago, my husband was getting ready for bed and walked through the bathroom. He saw a large spider and smacked it with a shoe. All her babies went scattering! Acccckkkk! I would have screamed, but my super-calm husband simply asked me where the bug spray was. When I saw what he needed it for, I was sickened. Definitely gave me the heebie-jeebies! I'll look into your solutions for sure! Have a wonderful, spider-free weekend!

    1. Nici, It seems like they have a million babies! I'm sure I would have screamed because I always do, and I have some pretty good karate moves if I walk into a web!

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  3. Thank you for your tips, Anita, for keeping our homes spider free!