If you’re tired of using the same old spidercides that don’t seem to work, why not try using peppermint oil for spiders? It’s natural, effective and it smells amazing too!
Peppermint oil can turn into a very aromatic spider repellent.
Does peppermint oil work?
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Generally, fragrant or essential oils have always been dangerous to pests in varying degrees. Citronella, for example, is famous for warding off mosquitoes while orange oil is lethal to termites. And when it comes to spiders, they taste and smell through their feet, so stepping on essential oils causes them to recoil back because they’d be directly exposed to the oils’ compounds.
For the peppermint oil’s case, proof that it works on arachnids mostly comes from homeowner testimonies and a small number of studies done in the past.
A study that came from the University of Georgia fully supports this herb’s standing as an alternative to store-bought repellents when it comes to spiders and other pests. And according to a published research on the insecticidal activities of essential oils, this is largely due to the fact that these oils have monoterpenoids in them. These are natural chemicals that trigger deterrence in bugs. The researchers also made it clear that the monoterpenoids are fumigants, which makes them toxic to many pests.
How to Use Peppermint Oil Against Spiders
Now that you know that peppermint can get rid of spiders, we’ve gathered the best recipes for you to try at home.
Recipe No. 1
LifeHacker suggests combining peppermint oil with vinegar. Since spiders don’t like either of them, it makes sense to combine the two to get twice the repelling power. Just mix the following ingredients in a spray bottle, and use it liberally.
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 20 drops of peppermint oil
Recipe No. 2
Here’s one easy concoction from HealthLine. Since it doesn’t have strong-smelling ingredients, you can use it for your kids’ rooms. That is, if they ever complain about the white vinegar’s strong smell.
- 16 ounces of water
- a dab of dish soap
- 5 drops of peppermint oil
Recipe No. 3
For Organic Daily Post, sprays should be reinforced by more oils and ingredients. That’s because they can extend the life of the spray and linger more in a spider-infested spot.
- 15 to 20 drops of peppermint oil
- white vinegar
- witch hazel
- other essential oils like eucalyptus, clove or lemongrass
- vegetable glycerin (to bind the ingredients together)
Remember that these sprays are only lethal to spiders if you pour a liberal amount into the unsuspecting arachnids. Otherwise, they’re only going to serve as repellents. But whatever the case, using peppermint oil for spiders is one of the most cost-effective solutions to an infestation. You should try it out!