Spider Repellent Recipes

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Many people are scared of spiders, or simply don't want them in or near their house. If you are one of these people, then you need a spider repellent. This page contains recipes for spider repellent.


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June 1, 2006
Q: I am looking for a spider deterrent for my patio area. I have pets and so do not want to use chemicals or toxic products. I do not want to kill the spiders, I would prefer a homemade solution that I could spray or apply around the "people" areas of my garden.

Any ideas?

Hardiness Zone: 5b

Danamango From Montreal, Canada

A: Danamango,

If you get rid of the insects they eat, you will eventually get rid of the spiders. I have seen the following home remedies for repelling spiders. I've never tried any of these myself, but they certainly sound interesting. If you (or anyone on this site) try one of these methods, let me know if it works!

  • Chestnuts: place them around patio doors and around the perimeter of the balcony or deck to repel spiders.

  • Strong Essential Oils: (Canola, cedarwood, citronella, garlic, lavender, cinnamon, peppermint, tea tree oil, etc.) Combine 5 drops of any of these oils to 1 quart of water and a bit of dish detergent. Spray around desired areas.

  • Chewing Tobacco: Add 1 package of chewing tobacco to 1 gallon of boiling water and let cool. Strain and save liquid. Add 1 cup of the liquid to a 1/2 cup of lemon scented dish detergent. Pour into a spray bottle and treat the desired area. (Recipe by Jerry Baker, America's Master Gardener).

  • Lemons: Spiders taste with their feet and are repelled by lemon oil, and even lemon-scented pledge. (This advice is supposed to be straight from the folks at Arachnophobia-the movie).

  • Osage Orange (Horse Apples): Quarter them and place them around the perimeter of affected areas.



By Linda Valentine (Guest Post)
May 8, 20060 found this helpful

Try making a spray mixture of dishwashing deterrgent and water. I don't know about spiders but no insect likes the taste of soap. I use this in the garden and it works just fine.

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By KAREN N. (Guest Post)
April 26, 20080 found this helpful

I tried dried lavender (about 3 Tbsp.) mixed with vinegar. (About 2 cups.) Let it sit for a couple of days. I poured it around my porch and let it drip down to the ground.


Never saw a single spider for 2 years in or out of the house. The 2nd time id di not work. Don't know why. Got the idea from some guy who writes books on natural gardening.

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By carol Lesiuk (Guest Post)
June 30, 20080 found this helpful

Chestnuts do not work. I even tried something you plug in to an electrical outlet, it didn't work. I am going to try the lemon thing. Thanks. We have brickwork on our deck, they love it.

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By Carol Lesiuk (Guest Post)
July 3, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you The lemon pledge worked ..... amazing. Thanks again. I also bought lemon oil, so am going to try that with water and a little detergent, as it will go further. I used two cans of lemon pledge around my sun deck. worked like a charm. Just not sure how often I have to do it, but I guess the spiders will let me know.

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August 16, 20080 found this helpful

Also, Eucalyptus will keep spiders away.

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By Shawn F (Guest Post)
September 8, 20080 found this helpful

I've yet to try the chestnuts but friends that swear by it say the important thing of it is that there fresh picked chestnuts and only work for the season.

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By Scaredy (Guest Post)
January 9, 20090 found this helpful

I have a major, major case of arachnophobia and just moved into a ground floor apartment (not the smartest idea, I know). I placed several chestnuts at my doors, windows, in closets, and nooks and crannies. I also sprinkled red pepper flakes at doors and windows as I heard this can be a good deterrent.


Very unfortunately for me, neither of these things worked! There was a big one in my place just a few days after moving in so I am going to try the lemon pledge and lemon oil route. I also want to try and avoid poisons as I have respiratory problems.

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By Daniel (Guest Post)
March 1, 20090 found this helpful

I'm trying to keep spiders out of my shed. I've tried vinegar, lemon curd, pepper and conkers all of them don't work.

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Is there a plant, oil, lotion, etc. that will keep me from getting bitten by spiders?

By liddycoat from Wenatchee, WA


August 20, 20100 found this helpful

One thing is don't drink things like pop or things very sweet, it makes your blood sweet which is what they want. This will also help with mosquitoes too. If you don't drink things that are sweet and sugary, your blood will be bitter and they won't want it.

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

Are you sure that you are getting bitten by spiders? are they abscesses/boils instead? It is more common for people to have repeat abscesses/boils than repeat spider bites.

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August 21, 20100 found this helpful

Yes I'm sure that we are definitely being bitten by spiders. And no I don't like sweets really, occasional fresh fruit is about as sweet as i can handle most of the time.


But thank you for answering me. Any other suggestions?

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June 15, 2013

Can someone give me some ideas to help me keep spiders out of my home?

By Geraldine from Milford, CT

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December 28, 2014

I have spider mite sacs all over the ceiling of my front porch. Not even spraying them with a hose works to get rid of them.

By Billie

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October 9, 2015

I see peppermint oil keeps mice away. I have been told it also stops spiders if put round windows and door ledges. Anyone heard of this and do you mix it with water and at what ratio?

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October 2, 2013

I manage an apartment complex in a rainy area and there are a lot of spiders (especially pumpkin spiders). I'm having to knock down webs daily. I am trying to find a repellent that will not harm children, adults, cats, or plants that can still be effective when wet and can be used to cover large areas.

By Malinda

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August 29, 2010

What is a natural spider repellent?

By Budd from Fox Lake, IL

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October 5, 2008

I am being overrun by spiders on my patio and garden. I know they are good for the garden and all, but I would like to step out at night without fear of walking face-first through a web, and its owner!

Does anyone know of a natural recipe I could spray on my patio structures to deter them? I have cats and dogs, so it has to be something safe and gentle. I don't necessarily want to kill the spiders, only get them to set up house elsewhere.



Spider Repellent Recipe

See this link for a recipe for a natural spider repellent recipe: http://www.ipmofalaska.com/files/spidersnatural-dr_bronners.html

By P

Spider Repellent Recipe

I heard on an infomerrcial to spray a mix of Vinager and Coconut Oil around to get rid of spiders. (08/23/2005)

By Jane

Spider Repellent Recipe

1001 All Natural Secrets to a Pest Free Property is the name of the book. It is written by Dr. Myles Bader. Here is the link http://www.1seenontvstore.com/g-pest-free-property.html (09/28/2005)

By Terra

Spider Repellent Recipe

Just saw the infomercial today. The number to call is 1-800-697-1958 and the book is called 1001 ALL NATURAL SECRETS TO A PEST FREE PROPERTY by Dr. Myles Bader. Hope this helps. I had also been searching for that same infomercial ;-) (10/30/2005)

By Joyce

Spider Repellent Recipe

Spray straight 5% white distilled vinegar with a teaspoon of coconut oil to help remove and help prevent spider webs.


By rlarson760

Spider Repellent Recipe

I found this link with a good natural spider repellent recipe : http://www.homestead.com/ipmofalaska/files/spidersnatural-dr_bronners.htmlA

Natural Spider Spray Formula for inside the house:

Dr Bronners Peppermint or Lavender Soap, or any other natural soap.

1 ounce of Neem oil
You can also add 1 to 5 drops of any of these Essential Plant Oils (depending on your preference) to 1 quart of water:

Catnip Oil, Citronella Oil, Lavender Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Peppermint Oil, Citrus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, or other essential oils.

Add 5 tablespoons of the soap per quart water. Add one ounce of the Neem oil to the water which you have added the soap and label it. Shake well and spray inside house where spiders are seen. Test for strength.

May be done as often as needed. This is not a long term solution but will provide you immediate help. Oils may stain some fabrics or light colored furnishings, test first.


By Madonna S

Spider Repellent Recipe

I have drop ceilings in my home where I have seen several spiders dangling from, and was also bitten in my sleep, so I am trying everything I can.

Other than expensive, chemical treatments that aren't always effective, here are the other methods I have found through research and asking people:

I have heard that spiders can taste and hate lemons. The information I found suggested spraying Lemon Pledge.

I have animals, so I am going to blend some lemons up, strain the juice and dilute it to spray inside my house. I have not tried this yet, so I am not sure if it will be sticky. I also thought about blending up a jalapeno pepper in the mixture because I am also not sure if lemon will attack bees, which have also been mysteriously appearing in my kitchen and bathroom.

For areas that are out of reach for pets, dilute Citra Solv or Desolvit in water and spray.

I have also read that spiders hate the odor of chestnuts, hedge apples and osage oranges. If anyone has a chestnut, hedgeapple or osage orange tree, PLEASE LET ME KNOW at ms.thang_mary_jane AT yahoo.com

I can't find any of those trees in my remote area and I'm not big on going into the woods this time of year because I am allergic to poison (anything) ivy.


By Crystal, Indiana

Spider Repellent Recipe

Hi there,

You can mix up a potion with 5 table spoons of natural soap i.e. lavender or peppermint to 1 quart of water, then add 1 ounce of Neem Oil (available at most heath food shops) and then lastly add 1 to 5 drops of essential plant oil i.e. lavender oil, garlic oil, tee tree oil.

Mix it all together and shake well and then spray in the area affected. The Neem Oil is a natural insect repellent (01/02/2007)

By Liana

Spider Repellent Recipe

I use spray petrol. It works a treat.

Spider Repellent Recipe

Spider repellent for both indoor & out:
Mix coconut oil and some white vinegar and put into a spray bottle. Pay close attention to ceiling corners.

By Trudie

Spider Repellent Recipe

I too hate spiders. I haven't tried the coconut oil and vinegar yet. There is a spray made from hot shot called spider killer. oh let me tell you one spray, and they curl up right away. They only ones I seem to have to spray 5 times are the big baseball size wolf spiders. (03/26/2007)

By debbie

Spider Repellent Recipe

I use liquid cinnamon on cotton balls. Good so far, in a basement (05/19/2007)

By jody

Spider Repellent Recipe

You will need, 1 cup of vegetable oil, 1/4 cup of dawn liquid soap, 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix oil soap and extract in a container. Now in a spray bottle put 1 table spoon of the mixture for every 1 cup of water. shake and spray your spiders away.

Editor's Note: We heard by email that this was very effective:

I tried the recipe of veggie oil, dawn dish detergent and vanilla. It worked like a charm. I was finding at least a dozen weekly. Now I've only seen 2 in the past 2 weeks. I definitely recommend this! - Casie Lynn (05/20/2007)

By frank

Spider Repellent Recipe

I have a problem inside closets and don't really want to spray anything around my clothes. I found a neat idea on the net. Use old panty hose, string or ribbon, cedar shavings (pet dept. @ walmart), tea tree oil (walmart), and lavender oil (ordered off the net).

Cut the panty hose into sache sizes. Fill with cedar shavings and put in 5 - 10 drops each of the essential oils. Tie off the end(s) of the hose and put in closets, under sinks, etc. Whenever the smell weakens, just drop a few more drops to refresh the sache. (07/11/2007)

By Laura

Spider Repellent Recipe

Lavender oil works like a charm. Just spray where you want no spiders. Repeat once a week, or as needed. (08/23/2007)

By Sherry

Spider Repellent Recipe

All great ideas, and easy to find ingredients. I'm in a basement apartment and for some reason I've had a rush of spiders in the past week. I've been treating the baseboards with chemical repellent and Raid, which worked in the spring, but I don't like over-using those chemicals. I'm going to try some of these suggestions and see how they work. I'll report back with any notable results. Thanks! (09/10/2007)


Electronic spider repellent

Does anybody have experience with this new gadget? It is now advertised on the web as electronic spider repellent. It claims that electric rays will keep spiders away in the entire house (I'd quite happy just to keep those huge Scottish spiders out of my bedroom). It's about £26 and can be ordered from a London shop or on Amazon. I'd appreciate any comment if you know this device. (09/13/2007)

By Eva

Spider Repellent Recipe

I have heard that Toilet Duck is an extremely effective substance when it comes to killing spiders instantly! Although I wouldn't recommend it indoors on carpets or soft furnishings, but would be very effective outdoors. (09/24/2007)

By Vix

Spider Repellent Recipe

I have heard that citronella and lemon eucalyptus are very good to get rid of spiders as they do not like the acid in the citrus. (10/04/2007)

By nicole

RE: Spider Repellent Recipe

Spider Repellent Recipe

I find that spiders are rather irritating. They do bother me a lot. I have to always check out for spider from getting into my car. I will become panic while driving on the road if I notice there's a spider in my car.
Found this website, but not sure if it works.
http://www.shop.naturalhealthcaretoday.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=294 (10/17/2007)

By Maureen

Spider Repellent Recipe

Clean using lemon lysol lightly diluted or you can just spray it around your house

By jesse

Spider Repellent Recipe

I used a teaspoon of coconut oil to a one quart bottle of distilled white vinegar. Boy did it work! I was overrun with spiders. I use the solid coconut oil. Warm it up to melt it - warm up the vinegar. Worked so good I bought a little pump up sprayer and went after my garage, outside under the eaves, everywhere. House stinks like vinegar for about a day. But it sure worked. (04/10/2008)

By bill

Spider Repellent Recipe

http://www.spiderrepel.com/ (04/22/2008)

By Toni

Cats messing in flowerbed

Someone suggested putting broken saucers, etc. in the dirt because cats don't like to walk on it. Perhaps you don't realize that a cat could cut it's paws and get an infection? This is not the way to deter a cat. There a safe cat deterrents available in pet supply stores; also consider consulting a veterinarian or animal control service. (05/04/2008)

By Maria

Spider Repellent Recipe

Anything that contains lavender or lemon. Spiders detest the smell of these. My bedroom window is right next to the garden and if I left it open for about a hour...even at night i would always find a huge spider on my wall!

It sounds stupid but I had some lavender bubble bath in the bathroom so I used an old toothbrush and like dabbed bits on the windowsill, and then used a bit of lemon!
No spiders since! I can leave my window open all the time!
and if its hot and sunny. It makes the room smell so fresh and fragrant! (05/08/2008)

By Charlie

I hate spiders

Lizards love to eat spiders. (05/18/2008)

By Chris

Some spider Info

Brew it Yourself Pesticides

To prevent Spiders in gardens and areas of a home not used on a regular basis: Mix 1 ounce of table salt in a gallon of water and spray on plants and in non-finished area of your home (unfinished basements, garages and unfinished rooms) spray once a week outdoors and and needed to prevent spiders indoors.

Spiders In The U.S.

There are about 3,000 species of spiders in the U.S. Most types preferring to live outdoors. Although spiders eat thousands of insect pests, few spider bite humans. For the most part, they can be controlled by frequent indoor vacuuming of webs and crevices where they hide. Heavy spider activity can be controlled with residual pesticides that are specified for spiders and there are many HOME BREW pesticides, but users most be aware that any brew of household items are chemicals that may harm young children, elderly and non target pests.

Spiders To Avoid

Two species are dangerous-the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Female Black Widows are found in the eastern and southern U.S. About an inch long with double red triangles on a rounded black bell., their back are sometimes spotted with dull red dots. Males are smaller, white and streaked with red and yellow coloring. The males are not dangerous, but the females are aggressive if their webs are disturbed.

Be on the watch for these spiders in garages, under decks, in crawl spaces and log piles around stacked plant pots and shrubbery near foundations.

Brown Recluse Spiders

They are less than an inch but can grow to up to 2 inches in favorable conditions. They have an oval body colored tan to brown. They are likely to appear indoors but hide from human activity. Most bites occur when an unused room or attic is suddenly occupied, or when stored clothing, sheets or towels are disturbed.

Black Widow Spider Bite

is very painful, leaves two distinct fang marks and can result in dizziness, headache and nausea within 30 minutes. Immediate hospitalization is essential for any such bite, with young children and older people being more susceptible to death than a healthy, non elderly adult.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Aren't as dangerous, but the wound swells to about the size of a quarter and blisters quickly. The bite is surrounded by a red welt ring. Generally the spider is found stunned near it's victim and should be killed and taken to a doctor along with the patient.

Be sure the doctor checks the spiders prostate cause the spider should be checked out since he is at the doctor anyway and it's hard for the spider to get to a doctor on a regular basis. Sorry wanted to make sure you were still paying attention.


If you have children who play around wood piles , or under decks and porches, be certain such areas are free of spider activity. Spray with residual pesticides on a seasonal basis to discourage spider infestations.

I hope some of this information will help to keep more people from killing spiders out of fear and a lack of knowledge. I do work with spiders and although I have never tested pesticides on any of my lab spiders I am going to try some of the home remedies and see if I find something that is easy to use safe for pets and doesn't kill the spiders but deters them from going into certain areas. Thank you for reading my long addition I hope it helps in some way. (05/19/2008)

By John

Spider Repellent Recipe

I have been spraying RAID Flying Insect Repellent (indoor use) on the Wolf Spiders outside my house and it kills them almost instantly. I have tons of them that creep up under the ridges in the siding and they all hang down at night. I had about a week of no sightings before going out again to spray them.

Unfortunately they love chlorine water and I have a pool out back and a wooded area behind the fence. I don't think I can keep them away permanently, but it sure is nice to nab the ones I can before having people over to swim. I have a LOT less of them in the pool since I started this. (06/12/2008)

By Shannon

Spider Repellent Recipe

To the person above that wanted to know where they could buy Hedgeapples to repel spiders. There is actually a website that sells these things. http://hedgeapple.com (06/24/2008)

By Greg Smith

Spider Repellent Recipe

Just had to reply to the myth of spiders being repelled by chestnut odor. Ummmm, I'm a chestnut farmer and I can tell you they have no smell whatsoever (until you roast them). I can also report that we have monstrously big hairy spiders living in our chestnut trees, which tends to dispel the myth as well.

Stick with the lemon oil (drip it onto your broom's bristle then swish along the walls/ceilings/doorways. If that doesn't work you need to ramp up to chemical-based surface spray, I'm afraid. (07/17/2008)

By xine

Spider Repellent Recipe

Does just plain vinegar work? I heard if you set it out in a bowl spiders won't come near you. (07/21/2008)

By mia

Spider Repellent Recipe

Does anyone know if ground cinnamon (bark) repels spiders? And people above who need spider repellent please see above entries. thanks. (07/31/2008)

By angelica

Spider Repellent Recipe

I would say the best spider repellent is a big foot covered by a thick boot but I understand how fast those little jerks can be lol. Anyways the cheapest and easiest looking one is vinegar and coconut oil. (08/03/2008)

By Dillon

Spider Repellent Recipe

I mix a little gum spirits of turpentine and citronella oil with alcohol and spray as often as needed, it really helps. You could apply straight on a rag if you like. I also spray it under wooden furniture, window sills, and door tracks about once a month or so. It smells good too. I know spiders have a purpose, but I've been bit twice by black widows and just can't stand them.

Not only does the bite itch for six months, but you have terrible stomach cramps. Mine lasted a week. You may not even know if a young child gets bit, just a small red bite. But watch out for the stomach cramping, it could be passed off as a stomach virus. Good luck. (08/03/2008)

By Mattie

Spider Repellent Recipe

The most effective way I have found to repel and/or kill spiders is to spray for termites. I have been told by more than one exterminator that spiders rarely come into a house unless there is "food" inside. So if you have a spider infestation in your house, garage, or surrounding area, it may mean that you have a termite infestation too.

I use a "natural" termite company that sprays using chrysanthemum oil as its main ingredient. It is safe for people and pets (though it may give your dog diarrhea, so you should keep the dog away for about 15 minutes). And to top it off, I have rarely seen a spider since. And I only need to spray once or twice a year.

If you are getting them in your car, then try going to the car wash and getting the undercarriage washed. Not all car washes offer this, but most do. They spray soap and water under the car (meant to get rid of mud but is also gets rid of bugs too). Then afterward you can spray any store bought pest repellent underneath to keep them away. (08/05/2008)

By Marissa

Spider Repellent Recipe

I found this recipe online it is just a bit of citronella essential oil mixed with the essential oils, eucalyptus, lemon oil, and wintergreen. I just put a few drops of each in a spray bottle with water and was told to put it on before I go to sleep and to spray wherever you have seen the spiders. I think it is specifically for the BROWN RECLUSE.

Since I live in Eastern Maryland where there are also black widows, I suggest you try it. I'm not 100% sure it will work but I hope so. Give me some feedback if you can. (08/08/2008)

By Danielle H.

Spider Repellent Recipe

Cedar chips and moth balls is the best and most cost effective. I have been using this for 2 years and have not seen a spider since. Throw these under your house and in closets (I keep the cedar chips in a bag but opened) and under sinks etc. (08/18/2008)

By Merlin

Spider Repellent Recipe

Aqua Net hair spray seems to work on spiders that I've found living in the house. A few second spray of this, they'll curl up and die. Good for a quick spray whenever you see a spider in the bathroom or something, which is how I discovered it works. (09/03/2008)

By Chuck

Spider Repellent Recipe

Wow! I just tried the Dr. Bronner's soap and neem oil recipe and it works brilliantly! I didn't have the Lavender Dr. Bronner's, so I used the Eucalyptus and the spiders just keeled over and died! How weird (but wonderful!) is that? (09/14/2008)

By Jen

Spider Repellent Recipe

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I'm concerned about your kids. I have kids of my own so I'll give you some idea why you have spiders. The infestation is due to having food for spiders to survive. Ants are the main food for spiders. Eliminate the ants you might eliminate the spiders. Another source of food chain is Termites. Christ is good, God bless you.

jesse (09/26/2008)

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