The main question of using Peppermint Oil for spiders isn’t how to make it, it’s “does it actually work?” There are a few important considerations to using oils for spider control that you’ll definitely want to brush up on.
Cost of Peppermint Oil
If you are considering using essential oils to get rid of spiders, you obviously care more about safety and eco-friendliness than just cost, but it’s definitely still a factor. The price depends on how much you buy, but for a 16 oz jug of peppermint oil, it costs about $33.00 without shipping costs.
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How to Create Peppermint Mixture for Spider Control
You may think it’s crazy to even include this, but mixing up essential oils is the easiest thing in the world. Literally all you need is the oil itself and water. Use an eye-dropper to measure how much you put in. You should use a 1:2 ratio, 1 drop for every 2 ounces of water.
Does it Repel Spiders?
The big question, is peppermint oil a good spider repellent, or are there better alternatives?
It does work, to a point. There seems to be some positive correlation with the number of spiders that get in with the treatment of peppermint oil. One test that I did, I used sticky traps to monitor how many spiders were active each month. I used the cumulative number from all around the house. Remember, this is anecdotal, but the number of spiders drastically decreased when the house was treated with peppermint oil. According to this “study”, the use of peppermint oil decreased the amount of spiders in the house by over 79%.
I’ve heard stories of using it and not getting the same results, but it’s always important to test your own mixtures and record the outcome.
Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps!