We’re not saying you are afraid of spiders but hypothetically, if you were, our most recent post can help you solve this fear by having some spider-repelling gadgets in your arsenal. Even if you are not scared, seeing a spider in your bed is something most people definitely never wish for, so it never hurts to be prepared.
Your bed should be a source of comfort and security thus you will always have to deal with anything that is set on bringing you discomfort in your sacred space. Since you never dream about coming home from work only to find a spider already in your bed, taking a nap, let’s take a look at how you can keep the unwanted little visitors away.
Use 100% Pure Peppermint Oil
Even if some people question the accuracy of this method, others really stand by it. If you are a person who naturally freaks out every time you see a spider, peppermint oil is the way to go. Among other things, this is a good idea because it is always dangerous to use chemical pesticides where you sleep.
Taking a look at the list of natural repellents, you can also use tea tree oil, lavender, lemon or eucalyptus. In a plastic spraying bottle, mix the peppermint with a small amount of water and spray the solution around your bed or whatever other areas you want to keep the spiders away from.
Avoid Eating in Your Bed
Not taking sides with your mom or anything, but food should really be handled in the kitchen. Unless you are really sick and the bed is your only source of solace, try to keep all the things you put in your mouth in the kitchen to keep all the things you don’t want out of your bed.
The proverbial midnight snack will always leave crumbs and other food debris that will act as a beacon for spiders or any insects who might be in the area. You know how the saying goes: “Clean bedsheets mean no spiders in your bed”.
Wash Your Sheets Often
On that note, just because you don’t eat in your bed it does not mean it’s not getting dirty. You should still do the laundry at least once a week using essential oils such as tea tree oil to act as a repellent.
Remember that you might still be sleeping in a sheet full of dead skin cells, dirt from your dirty clothes and moisture from your sweat. When you mix all these with a few debris or dust particles it becomes a haven for insects and, subsequently, for the spiders who will also show up to pray on the insects.
More than just the insects, the web collectors are naturally attracted to things like oils and dead body cells, so it’s extremely important for people with arachnophobia to clean their bed more often than others.
Avoid Putting Stuff Under Your Bed
Putting things like boxes and shoes under the bed is a fast way of finding additional storage for your belongings. Be that as it may, they also make perfect places for spiders to hide in so this increases the chance of you stepping on one when putting your shoes on.
Furthermore, if you have spiders under your bed they can easily find their way in it as well, so it is clearly a bad idea to keep your things stored under your sleeping spot.
Another pro tip is to actually watch the distance and make sure your bed is not placed against a wall with no headboard, as this makes it easy for the spiders to get to it from the cracks on the wall. If you are indeed worried, you can use a pest control ultrasonic repeller to keep them away as an additional aid for staying clear of them while you sleep.
What Keeps Spiders Away
Fighting spiders is basically Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” – the insect version – and it translates to the simple fact that you don’t actually have to face them if you know what you are doing. You just need to use what your enemy hates against him to be victorious.
For this particular situation, your enemy hates things like orange peels, white vinegar, turmeric, onions, and the generic peppermint essential oil that we talked about. If for whatever reason that is not an option for you, you can also use other essential oils such as eucalyptus, cinnamon, rose, etc.
The reason vinegar is so effective, for example, is because even though it is harmless to us humans, it contains an acetic acid which is highly toxic for your multiple-legged invaders. Onions are another item which can serve you well in this fight, but we sincerely doubt that you would like to walk around the house all day having a few on you.
Eradicating the Foundation of the Problem
Especially for regions where spiders such as the black widow or the brown recluse spider are common, keeping them away from your home tends to be a highly critical problem to solve. Even though it is true that spiders balance-out the ecosystem by eating other pests such as flies and mosquitoes, you shouldn’t really share your home with them.
Ladybugs are a great natural way to eliminate the problem from its roots. If you have a garden that is growing up against your house, introduce these cute insects to it and they will also take care of your spider problem. The reason for this is because they feast on the same insects that attract spiders, so this forces your eight-legged enemies to seek sustenance elsewhere.
Another surprisingly effective way is keeping them at bay with chestnuts. These are great because while spiders thoroughly dislike them, they also do not go bad very quickly so by placing some chestnuts in your home and along the windows, you get long-term relief from home invaders.
A health benefit for spiders is the fact that they are not big fans of tobacco. While a good decision for a long, healthy life, this is also a very helpful thing for you. You can find some loose leaf tobacco at smoke shops and even some grocery stores, and simply spreading them where spiders tend to occur will be enough to repel them.