What is the best spider deterrent on the market? It’s a question that many people pose when they are moving into a new house or moving into a rental. You can never tell if you will encounter spiders in your new home, but you can take precautions that will reduce the chance of you coming into contact with these creatures. Some of these precautions include making sure there are no cracks in your home, keeping your garage door closed and sealing any possible access points to your home from the outside. You should also keep an eye out for any signs of infestation. This could be as simple as piles of spider poop or a pile of egg cases.
There is, however, one spider repellent spray that is considered the best spider deterrent in the world. Many homeowners love the scent of peppermint oil. Peppermint oil has a very powerful smell, but it has little effect on the actual spider itself. The scent of peppermint oil is actually the scent of an allergen which makes the spider repel the allergen and not the spider.
There is one major drawback to using the all natural spider repellent known as peppermint oil as a spider repellent. While it does get rid of bugs and spiders, it also gets rid of any delightful smells that come with bugs and spiders. In other words, you may not like the way you smell when bugs and spiders are away, but you may not like the smell when they are back. For this reason, a spider repellent with an odor that mimics the scent of home baked cookies is recommended.
Mechanical spider repellents are the best in that they repel not only insects but most crawling insects as well. They can be applied to the ground, around plants, under eaves, in the yard and anywhere else that might be crawling or harboring insects. If there are larger bugs or spiders, such as roaches or mice, they will not be deterred by mechanical spider repellents. Mechanical spider repellents will simply drive these larger creatures into the opposite corner of your house or other space. This type of spider repellent should be used with caution for sensitive locations.
Another good choice for a spider spray is the granules which can be sprayed onto a surface or hidden in a plant. These granules contain a chemical called pyrethrin, which has been scientifically proven to effectively repel spiders. However, a disadvantage to this chemical is that when humans or pets brush the granules off, it can release a chemical aerosol into the air. Thus, while the granules might repel spiders, this chemical is released into the air instead. Therefore, you should only use the non-repellent granular insect repellent with a great deal of care and discretion around the house.
Many people have tried to answer the question of “what is the best spider deterrent,” by giving a variety of home remedies for spiders, such as peppermint oil, but I would caution against using such remedies if you have children or pets. While a small child may enjoy a little peppermint oil, it is not very healthy and this could also affect a pet’s immune system. The same is true of a pet: while the oils may scent the area, this does not mean that they will be repelled by the scent and likely be more likely to come back to the spider. In fact, you will probably repel spiders when they are present in your home rather than trying to remove them from the area!
My personal theory on the subject of what is the best spider deterrent, and believe me, it is a very valid question. But one thing that many scientists agree upon is the need to properly dispose of materials that have been infected with spider toxins. So, while a great prevention method, you really need to know what to do with the spiders that you already have. That said, here are some common spider removal tips that I regularly use:
Smell is king! There are a wide variety of sprays available to buy in the stores, including eucalyptus, cedar tree oil, tea tree oil, citronella oil, orange peel and lemon grass among others. A common question that many people have is whether or not these sprays work and the answer is both yes and no. Some are more successful than others at containing and repelling spiders, while others are just as effective, but do not smell at all.