You’ve probably heard all the hubbub about spider repellents, but let me tell you: most are not all they’re cracked up to be. I’ll go over a few different ways of repelling spiders, some of which you may not have heard before.

Does Spider Repellent Work?

You may not like the answer: it depends. When you try any type of experimental or unproven method of repelling spiders, the results may not be great. The question you have to ask yourself is “do I have the time and patience to create my own spider control products, test them out, and be willing to fail?” If the answer is “yes”, then here are a few things you should know.

Homemade vs Chemical Spider Repellents

Many parents of small children or pets sometimes worry about safety, which is why they opt for homemade or DIY spider repellents. While this may not always be the best solution, if it’s what feels right to you, go for it!

Common Homemade Spider Repellents

One of the most common, and simplest homemade spider repellents is made by using essential oils – peppermint oil and lemon oil specifically.

Just get a generic glass squirt bottle (about 16 oz), put 15 drops of each essential in it, and apply wherever you don’t want pests. It’s pet and family-friendly, so you can really apply generously.

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This type of spider repellent seems extremely easy to make and safe, however there are conflicting notions of how effective it is. First off, if these oils were as powerful and efficient as regular pest control products, they could make bank just marketing them as stand-alone pest control products! If they work well for you, congrats! You just prevented the arachnids from getting into your house. However, if you aren’t truly convinced, read on.

Difference Between Spider Killer and Spider Repellent

Most of the difference comes in the form of semantics, though there is an important distinction. Spider killer is more of a contact kill, whereas repellent prevents spiders from coming in the first place. See the difference?

Our Recommendations

As pest control enthusiasts and professionals, we give you our recommendations, but remember that time of year, location, and individual circumstance will affect how each product works. First off, let’s go through a few different kinds, from which we’ll give you which products we have used and endorse.

Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

Now this piece of advice may seem counter-intuitive, but hear me out. We recommend buying an ultrasonic pest repeller to start. It can help with a number of species, though there are some that are more resistant than others (buy it here). Here’s the thinking behind it – if you have way less spiders to worry about, you won’t have to use chemicals or homemade brews as much, or at all. Especially if you live in a residential area, a subdivision, this may be the only pest repellent you need. However, like was mentioned, we’ll get into some of the good stuff in a little bit.

Best Chemical Repellent

There’s a stigma these days to anything that’s labelled a “chemical”, though with most products out there, they have a similar toxicity to table salt. Now obviously you wouldn’t eat a pound of table salt, the same should be said about pest repellents (sorry to be captain obvious here), it’s the dosage that makes something dangerous.

Tempo SC

Our recommendation, though this should really only be used with supervision and after carefully reading the product information and instructions.

 

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The really nice thing about this spider repellent is that it works first as a spider killer, then as a repellent for up to 90 days. If you are committed to using this product every 3 months (we recommend at least twice a year, but make sure to consult the directions and a professional if necessary).

In order to use this product, you’ll need a hand tank, which can easily be found on amazon. Here’s the one we recommend.

Conclusion

We recommend first buying an ultrasonic pest repeller in order to curb the population, then trying other methods as some spiders and other pests will inevitably still remain. Tempo SC is family and pet friendly, as long as used properly with the correct rates and equipment.

Let us know what you end up using and how it worked!