When you see a huge spider crawling across the floor – do you just grab a shoe and smack it, case closed? Or do you start to consider other options, like maybe burning the whole place down?
Most people agree: spiders are really freaking creepy. But you don’t need to use all of those terrible-smelling poisons to keep them out of your home and RV. Especially if you have pets or kids that you don’t want to risk getting into any of the chemicals.
There are a lot of all-natural things you can do to help get rid of these eight-legged beasts. And some of them will even make your place smell wonderful in the meantime.
1. Mix peppermint oil and water, and spray it around your bed, windowsills, and entryways.
Most people love the smell (and taste) of peppermint. It’s in everything from candy canes to gum and lotions. But spiders just can’t stand it. In fact, they don’t like any scent that’s really strong.
Try making a solution with about 15-20 drops of essential peppermint oil, and 1-and-a-half cups of water. Spray it around your bed, windowsills, entryways, and anywhere else where spiders may be able to crawl in.
2. Burn cinnamon candles.
Cinnamon happens to be another option that smells amazing. But the eight-legged monsters will easily be deterred if you light a scented candle and just let the aroma waft throughout your place.
3. Make a salt solution.
Salt is actually a natural poison to spiders. If you make a saline solution with about 1/8 cup (or an ounce) of salt and a gallon of warm water, and pour it into a spray bottle, you can either spray it directly onto spiders to kill them, or spray it onto their nests.
4. Keep things nice and clean.
Spiders thrive when there’s clutter, piles of clothes, and boxes everywhere.
To prevent them from getting too comfortable, make sure to dust at least once or twice a week, and put things away quickly before any of them try to start spinning a web. And if you do happen to see any cobwebs starting around, take them down right away.
5. Try a vinegar mixture.
Like peppermint and cinnamon, vinegar has a really powerful smell (though not as pleasant) that will keep spiders away. Try mixing half vinegar and half water in a bottle, and spray it around areas like the windowsills and entryways.
(Here are some other awesome ways you can use vinegar to clean your RV.)
6. Rub citrus peels around your home.
Lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus-y fruits not only taste delicious, but their leftover peels can help drive away spiders and other insects.
For the best results, try rubbing them around places like your baseboards, bookshelves and window sills. You can also place them in your garden to keep them away from your plants.
7. Use tea tree, lavender, or Eucalyptus oil.
These natural oils work fantastic as natural spider repellent. Mix about 5-7 drops in a spray bottle, with about 16 ounces of warm water, and spray throughout your RV as needed.
8. Sprinkle tobacco around your shelves.
You don’t need to be a smoker to try this method (though you do need to be over 18, of course). You can either sprinkle some throughout your RV on places like the bookshelf or windowsill, or soak some in water and then spray it around.
9. Make a garlic spray.
Like vampires, spiders are known to absolutely hate garlic. Try blending about 10-12 cloves with a cup and a half of water, and then strain out the pulp. Then combine that strained garlic water with another gallon of water, and pour it into a spray bottle for a homemade natural pesticide.
10. Dust baking soda throughout your place.
Baking soda may not kill spiders, but it will certainly help drive them away. It also works well as a deodorizer for your carpet before vacuuming.
Simply sprinkle some baking soda around the perimeter of areas where spiders can get into the house, like the windowsills, doorways, etc. For best results, you may want to re-apply once or twice a week.
11. Keep chestnuts around your home.
Horse chestnuts are well-known to help repel spiders. Try leaving some around your RV where you frequently notice spiders. Walnuts are also thought to have the same effect.
12. Your dog or cat may do the hunting for you.
Our four-legged friends naturally love a good hunt when they see one crawling across the floor. They’ll often kill ones they see, just out of complete boredom.
13. Mix coconut oil and vinegar, and spray it around.
If vinegar and water is not doing the trick, you may need a stronger solution. Try mixing one part coconut oil with two parts white distilled vinegar. Spray around your windows, entryways or underneath pillows.
14. Sprinkle turmeric on surfaces…
Turmeric is often used as one of the main ingredients in curry. The spice has a distinct, mustardy smell that spiders (and office co-workers) don’t particularly like.
Try mixing about 2 – 3 tablespoons of turmeric powder with enough water to make a fine paste, and then apply it around all of the spider-prone areas in your place.
15. …Or some Diatomaceous earth (DE).
Though hard to pronounce, this white, fine powder is a great, all-natural option that’s safe around humans and pets. Diatomaceous earth is made from fossilized water creatures known as diatoms (a type of phytoplankton).
It just feels like a soft dust in our hands, but when a spider crosses over the powder, their exterior gets all cut up. This causes all of their bodily fluids to leak out, and as a result, the spiders eventually dry out.
You can sprinkle this stuff around cracks, corners, windows, and around other perimeters where spiders may be able to come in. It can easily be purchased online, or found in most gardening sections at stores, like Walmart, Home Depot or Lowes.
Of course, if you have a really bad infestation, you may need to just call an exterminator. But hopefully, if you just have a few of these creepy crawlies around every once in awhile, these natural methods will help keep them at bay.
Do you have any other natural tips for keeping spiders out of your RV? We’d love to hear them down below!