If you’re tired of dodging webs and spiders while you work on your yard, here’s a list of spider repellent plants you might want to keep around.
The lavender plant’s repelling properties can work on various kinds of pests.
Lavender is famous for its heavenly aromatic scent. Because of this, it’s a popular additive in soaps, shampoos and other household products. But did you know that this flower can also be used against spiders? Its oil is a common alternative to commercial repellents. It can even fight off other pests like fleas and mosquitoes.
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Lining lavenders on your yard creates a barrier that can deter pests. They can withstand mild winters and sunny summers, enough to keep a year-round protection on your house.
Peppermint deters spiders among many other kinds of pests.
The next spider repellent plant is peppermint. Oil extracted from this herb is a popular treatment against invading spiders. But like lavender, planting black or white peppermint can also help with clearing out the arachnids that are staying outside your house. The mint can survive in any condition in various locations. It can even flourish in sunny warm climates, as long as it has enough water and drainage.
Growing a huge eucalyptus tree in your yard is difficult, but there are dwarf versions of this plant that you can try out.
Eucalyptus leaves can keep a variety of pests out. The leaves can deter spiders and mosquitoes even inside the house. All you have to do is place them in infested areas or smoke them.
But unfortunately, the trees that hold these leaves are really tall, so growing at least one of them in your yard isn’t going to be simple. You need a large enough property to support the tree, and enough water to keep it hydrated. It can tolerate many kinds of climates, including the ones that come with light frosts.
Lemongrass has citronella oil in its leaves. CC Image courtesy of Mokkie on Wikipedia
This tall lemon-scented grass belongs to the plant family that produces citronella oil, a very well-known mosquito repellent. However, it’s also been said to keep spiders away.
The lemongrass lives through most climates, but it doesn’t survive winters. So if you want to keep some in your yard, planting them in pots is a very good idea. Bring them indoors when the cold seasons strike. Remember to check the plant thoroughly just in case an insect living inside can hitchhike its way into your home.
The mighty cedar is the last entry in our list of spider repellent plants. This tree has a penchant for repelling all kinds of pests because of its natural acids.
Unfortunately, cedar is way too big of a tree to keep around, so obviously, you can’t grow it in a tiny lot. What you can do, instead, is to have the next best thing, using high quality cedar blocks, chips or mulch. Distribute the chips around your house. The earthy scent coming from the wood is one indication that you’ll be seeing less spiders from there on out.
Growing cedar and the other plants that we mentioned above is definitely doable in an ample sized piece of land. However, in order to protect your house even more, you should pair them with their essential oils. Using these oils inside the house while the plants do their magic outside can turn your home even more of an impenetrable fortress against spiders and other pests.