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How do you repel spiders?

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Natural products, including peppermint plants, garlic cloves and lemon essential oil, are used to repel spiders in the home. Commercial spider repellents are also available.

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To repel spiders with essential oils, mix 5 drops of lemon essential oil and 5 drops of dish detergent in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture to combine the ingredients, and spray the affected areas of the home at least once weekly. Other essential oils, such as peppermint, can be used in place of lemon essential oil. Lemon-scented cleaners, such as lemon-scented dusting spray, also repel spiders when used to clean door frames, windowsills and other areas where spiders enter the home.

To prevent spiders from entering the home, plant peppermint or lavender along the exterior perimeter of the home, or near the area where spiders are present. Garlic and citrus peels also repel spiders. To repel spiders in a particular area, place peeled garlic cloves or citrus peelings in the area. Replace the chosen repellent when the scent begins to wane.

Commercial spider repellents are also an option. Use commercial repellents according to the directions on the product packaging. Most repellents work best when the area is free of any clutter that may provide the spiders with shelter, and when the spider's food sources are removed. Store unused items in sealed boxes, and use yellow lights outdoors to promote a spider-free home.

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