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How To Keep Spider Out Of Your House: 17 Harmless Methods  


Unwanted eight-legged guests can give anyone the creeps. If you’re seeking ways on how to keep spiders out of your house or home, and maintain a spider-free environment, this article has you covered. Explore a range of practical tips and strategies, from easy preventive measures to natural deterrents and proactive maintenance. By the end of this article, you will have gained peace of mind about how to keep spiders out without the need to harm them whilst ensuring that they will not easily return.

1. Cleaning every corner

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Spiders often spin their intricate cobwebs in quiet, undisturbed areas like corners or behind furniture. Adopting a regular cleaning and decluttering routine serves as an effective deterrent, making these spots less appealing to spiders. 

Another proactive measure is to seal any gaps or openings with caulking, preventing spiders from finding their way into any room around your home. By practising diligent cleaning habits and fortifying your home’s defences, you can discourage spiders from taking up residence indoors and enjoy a spider-free environment.

2. Remove Food Sources

how to keep spiders out by removing food sources

Effectively managing other household pest issues can also help control spider populations. In the kitchen, pests and food often intersect, making it crucial to maintain cleanliness. To prevent attracting additional pests, ensure that fruits and vegetables are thoroughly washed upon bringing them into your home. 

Furthermore, bugs can occasionally hide within leaves and packaging, so be vigilant. Regularly clean trash bins, stove tops, and garbage disposals, while also sweeping beneath tables and any areas where food crumbs might accumulate. 

Earthkind, for example, is a company dedicated to introducing plant-based products to the home which will deter pests without needing to harm them, and suggest that keeping food sources for spiders at bay will lessen the chances of them appearing.

3. Using Cinnamon 

how to keep spiders out by using cinnamon

Utilise a simple kitchen ingredient to repel and keep spiders out of your home: cinnamon. 

Ground cinnamon has a scent that spiders hate, making it an effective deterrent. However, note that cinnamon-scented candles won’t serve the same purpose. Instead, opt for natural cinnamon sticks or quills typically used in cooking. Try the following techniques to keep spiders out:

  • Place cinnamon sticks or quills in areas where spiders are frequently spotted. 
  • If spiders have taken refuge in door or window frames, use ground cinnamon and carefully sprinkle it into the gaps. Be cautious with white window frames as cinnamon may stain, particularly on the outside where it can get wet from rain. 
  • The natural scent of the cinnamon sticks or quills will diminish after a few months, but replacing them immediately isn’t necessary. Monitor if spiders return, although they are less likely to do so during winter.

4. Apply Peppermint Oil/ Essential Oils

how to keep spiders out by using peppermint oils

Essential oils serve not only as fragrances but also as natural deterrents against various pests, including mice, slugs, gnats, and spiders. Peppermint, cinnamon, citronella, clove, lavender, and eucalyptus are among the essential oils that can be easily purchased on platforms like Amazon. 

By blending a combination of these oils, you can create an effective recipe that spiders will find unpleasant. To keep spiders out of your house with these oils, try the following methods:

  • Begin by thoroughly vacuuming and dusting your home to remove any existing spider webs.
  • Then, mix 20 drops of peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle and apply the solution around your house, paying close attention to room corners. 
  • Repeat this process at least once a week, or more frequently if spiders persist. Keep windows open for ventilation while spraying. 
  • For targeted spider control, soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and strategically place them in areas where spiders have been observed. 
  • Any extra solution can be used in an essential oil diffuser to maintain a spider-free environment. Spiders strongly dislike the scent of peppermint, making it an effective natural repellent.

5. Use Vinegar

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Although lacking the same level of fragrance as the previously mentioned solutions, vinegar can also be used to deter spiders from your home. Create a spray mixture by combining equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Apply the solution to corners, cracks, and crevices where spiders may hide away. Exercise caution to avoid applying it to varnished surfaces, as vinegar has the potential to cause damage.

6. Grow Repelling Plants

grow repellent plants to keep spiders out

If you are understandably arachnophobic and want to keep spiders out of your house as soon as possible, sometimes growing a peppermint plant is the right way to go. Not only is peppermint a strong deterrent for keeping spiders out, but other plants including lavender, mint and even lemon balm will work to keep them out. Grow them in a well-lit corner of your home and make sure to give the plant enough water and food to ensure you get efficient usage from your repelling plant techniques. 

Of course, with spiders being kept out with these repelling plants, this may lead to more flies to make an appearance. Fortunately, we have also found the best types of fly-repellent plants to keep flies out as well as spiders.

7. Plant a eucalyptus tree in the garden

eucalyptus plant to repel spiders

You will find that on this list of ways to keep spiders out of the home, many of the methods relate to using plants and other materials that are grown from the ground. Adding a eucalyptus tree to your home, particularly in your garden, is another worthy contender for this list. After all, eucalyptus trees are actually rather low-maintenance, and since they evoke a wonderful smell, are worth considering to keep spiders away. Even if you have a small garden and do not have enough room for one in your home, using alternatives such as mint or lavender leaves near doorways and windows (as mentioned above) can still keep spiders away too. 

8. Citrus Smells

use citrus to keep spiders out

Alongside eucalyptus, mint, and other plantly features on this list, spiders also despise the smell of citrus. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use all varieties of citrus smells where possible to keep spiders away. This could include rubbing orange or lemon peel in surrounding areas such as skirting boards, bookshelves and window sills. 

Even using citrus-scented cleaners and polishers can be added to your list the next time that you are cleaning your home, as well as citrus-smelling candles. 

9. Go Garlic

use garlic

Garlic is another essential herb to add to your list of ways to keep spiders away from your home. As well as their vampire-repellent stench, spiders also get repelled by the smell of garlic too! 

Of course, this can lead to a greater chance of making your home smell of garlic too, so your best bet is to add whole or crushed garlic cloves to a water spray bottle and targeting particular open corners of your home that you may have seen spiders lingering around before. 

10. Insects are a Spider’s Best Friend

keep other insects away

There are a multitude of reasons as to why spiders may enter your home, including the search for mates and the pursuit of warmth and food, especially during the winter. Interestingly, spiders share a common preference with humans: insects. 

Therefore, you should find humane ways to keep fruit flies, ladybugs, greenflies and blackflies, and other bugs from your home. Discouraging these insects from your home will lessen the chances of spiders wanting to come into your home.

11. Spider Catchers, Jars, and Glass

One of the oldest fashioned and natural ways to keep spiders out of your home (and could even be considered the best repellent for spiders) is simply by using a glass or jar to scoop them up with to move them outside. Sometimes this is easier said than done, especially for arachnophobes. A more efficient method if you wish to keep your distance is by using a spider catcher. Surprisingly, there is more than one way of watching a spider, and there are some efficient ways of spider catchers available on the market. 

12. Get a cat

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If you prefer more domestic yet furry pets, a cat can provide a great deterrent for spiders in your home. Cats are renowned for keeping an eye on things, and they will be ready and waiting on the scene if they see a spider fidgeting around in the corners. Dogs can often provide another deterrent against spiders if you prefer canines to cats, and we have some great dog room ideas to offer.

Sometimes, nature finds a way! 

13. Hide chestnuts

hide chestnuts in home

Chestnuts are another effective spider repellent. Position them in areas where spiders could easily sneak into your home, such as basements, attics, windowsills, and door frames. Unlike the other options on this list, particularly the herbal choices, chestnuts will not leave residue or natural smells lingering in your home. Chestnuts are also easier to clean up, which is why they are worth investing in as a natural spider deterrent to keep the creepy crawlies out of your home. 

14. Incorporate Cedar Wood

cedar wood to get rid of spiders

Cedar wood is often considered a top choice amongst home owners which help to keep spiders out of the home. Simply use clothing hangers made from cedar wood, or invest in a cedar wood crafted chest, and these furniture items are unlikely to become a habitat for spiders either.

Additionally, you can introduce cedar wood blocks in other furniture pieces around your home and spiders should be nowhere in sight. 

15. Make a DIY Cleaning Spray

DIY cleaning spray to get rid of spiders

Feel free to evoke your own DIY methods in order to keep spiders out of your home humanly. With many of these methods, they can only target a general space when applied, but by spraying areas of your home with fluid is more like to target specific areas that spiders may linger around, and therefore will have to vacate their spot. All you need for this is:

  • Half a cup of water.
  • Empty plastic bottle spray.
  • Half a cup of vinegar.
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap.
  • 20 drops of thyme oil.

Do not spray directly onto the spiders themselves. By spraying a detergent around their preferred areas, especially behind bookshelves and other enclosed spaces around your home, they will be less likely to return. 

16. Turn up the Music

couple dancing to music

To add a bit more fun in the mix for this list of ways to keep spiders out of your home, one you may not have realised is by turning up the music. Even when you are cleaning your home of cobwebs, or are simply enjoying tranquillity with some soothing music, cranking up the volume will disrupt the spiders’ routine too.

17. Take your recycling out regularly

put out rubbish to get rid of spiders

As mentioned, it is important to take out the trash regularly, because otherwise this can cause flies and spiders to congregate. This is especially important if you have recently consumed sugary drinks or have leftover food lying around. Make sure to dispose of empty bottles, cans, and other food items to make sure that spiders do not hang around for their own feast. 

Do Natural Spider Repellants Work?

Whilst using natural spider repellents are particularly useful and less harmful to them, to ensure they do not linger, you need to be consistent with your cleaning routines to prevent spiders from hanging around. Using citrus strong cleaning sprays on surfaces regularly will decrease the changes of spiders getting cosy, and even just taking five minutes from your day to spray an area of your home clean will make it less likely you will have spiders visiting. 

What Is The Best Natural Spider Repellent?

As shown in this list, there are numerous ways to keep spiders away using simple yet effective, natural spider repellents. Depending on your house care routines whereupon you want to limit smells, then turning up the music is the best approach. However, if you want to put spiders off lingering in your home for longer, then using cedar wood, chestnuts, or other mints layered around your home, can prove just as effective. 

However, depending on where you live can also determine the likelihood you will get consistent visits from spiders. Spiders thrive in humid conditions, do make sure to not overwater houseplants and avoid keeping wet towels on the floor as this will minimise moisture levels too which spiders also love. 

How to Spot and Get Rid of Poisonous Spiders

There is always the potential to get a poisonous spider to visit your home if you live in the UK. Even though most spiders that you come across won’t harm humans, you should still be aware of them if handled by hand. The ones to be aware of are:

  1. The false black widow
  2. Cellar spider 
  3. Woodlouse spider

These three like to hang around attics, cupboards, cracks in walls and wood piles. Overall, you needn’t worry if you make irregular visits to your attic or basement. However, if you do need to tackle them, then consider wearing protection, especially thick gloves. It is always handy to be aware of poisonous spiders in the UK

If living in the US, you are more likely to face:

  1. Black widow
  2. Brown recluse
  3. Hobo spider

Resist handling these yourself as they have lethal bites. Seeing a professional to handle them is more preferable, and if you do get bitten, then seek medical advice immediately. Again, these spiders live around dark attics, wood piles, patio furniture, and shoes! 

Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home

Overall, keeping spiders out of your home can actually be quite a fun activity, and so long as you are not afraid to get a bit closer than comfort allows sometimes with them, by introducing these methods to your home, you are definitely less likely to encounter the critters when going about activities in your home. Don’t forget to bring more style to your home by introducing tub chairs.


Why are spiders coming into my home?

Spiders may enter your home in search of food, water, or shelter. They can also accidentally wander indoors through gaps or cracks in doors, windows, or walls.

Are all spiders harmful?

No, not all spiders are harmful. In fact, most spiders are harmless and play a beneficial role by controlling other pests like flies and mosquitoes. However, it’s important to identify any potentially dangerous species in your area and take appropriate precautions.

How can I prevent spiders from entering my home?

Here are some effective ways to keep spiders out:

Seal cracks and gaps: Use caulk or weather stripping to seal any openings around windows, doors, and utility penetrations.
Install door sweeps: Ensure there are no gaps at the bottom of exterior doors by installing door sweeps.
Remove clutter: Spiders prefer cluttered areas, so keeping your home tidy and minimising clutter reduces their hiding spots.
Keep a clean house: Regularly clean your home to remove spider webs, eggs, and prey insects.
Remove outdoor debris: Keep outdoor areas clear of leaves, woodpiles, and debris where spiders may hide.

What should I do if I find a spider inside my home?

If you encounter a spider indoors, it’s generally best to leave it alone or gently capture and release it outdoors. If you’re concerned about a potentially dangerous species, consult local pest control professionals for proper identification and assistance.


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Anna Sharples

Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.


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