If you’re too young to remember Jim Stafford’s song, “Spiders and Snakes,” we’re sorry. Listen. It’s a funny performance and fun to sing in the shower. We have had a few spiders in the corners of the house lately, especially the less used rooms, so we recalled the spider repellant grandma might have used. We prefer natural remedies to toxic synthetic, chemical stuff, and this is a repellant, not an insecticide. We don’t like poisons either.
• Start with a quart-sized spray bottle and warm water.
• Add 5 to 7 drops of essential oil, one or more, including lavender, tea tree, cinnamon, peppermint, and/or citrus.
• 2 to 3 drops of liquid detergent helps as a wetting agent, breaking down the oil molecules for application.
• Spray about once a week into corners and areas where the critters build their silky webs in the house, on the porch, and around the yard.
Keep in mind that pure essential oils may stain upholstery and decorating fabrics, so test before you go crazy with it.
Even though these essential oils smell great, and may be used orally in some circumstances, the spiders find them distasteful. They taste with their feet and they do not like these flavors and the oily feel. They will take up residence elsewhere.
In addition to the health coaching we do, we are your source for essential oils. We can help you directly or we will easily point you in the right direction.