You can keep the spiders from coming into your house with these amazing indoor plants that repel spiders.
Not a whole lot of people want spiders inside their home. With the exception of the rare few that keep tarantulas and other spiders as pets, when one of the eight-legged critters winds up inside, it is looked at as a pest. Having spiders or any pest can cause a lot of havoc, become pricey, and can add negative energy to the home.
Luckily, mother nature has a solution for that. There are many house plants that grow well indoors and have the added benefit of staving off the creepy crawlers. It is a less costly and more natural way of dealing pests that can save you and your exterminator some trouble.
Some of the indoor plants that repel bugs are common plants that you would never associate with spiders. Either way, if you are going to have house plants, it doesn’t hurt if some of them are able to keep the spiders away.
Believe it or not, spiders have no interest in mint. To most people, mint smells pleasant and many people associate it with being fresh and clean. Not spiders, however. Some people believe that it is due to the fact that spiders do not like strong smells, but nobody can know for sure.
Mint does very well grow indoors and does not require a lot of attention to thrive. Some people use essential oils to keep spiders away, and seeing as many of them contain mint, maybe that explains why. Using mint to keep spiders away has the added bonus of giving you homegrown mint each time it flowers.
Yes, another nice smelling herb. Sure, humans think lavender smells great. Spiders, however, head for the hills when they get a whiff of it. However, if you want to use lavender as a spider repellant, you need to do a little bit of homework.
Think about choosing French lavender over another variety. The reason for that is that French lavender grows to be small and does not need as much sun or water. That is what makes them more ideal for growing indoors.
Give the lavender plenty of soil and it will grow healthy and strong.
3. Lemon Thyme
Besides looking great and being tasty, spiders also hate the stuff. Yes, spiders cannot stand Lemon thyme for even a second. Use it not only to scare away unwanted spider guests but also to add some extra flavor to what you are cooking.
It can be grown indoors, but you will want to be prepared and make sure that you have everything that you need. Make sure that there is plenty of soil for it, because if not, you may increase the risk of it getting soggy. Soggy soil is bad news for roots.
Chives taste great. They go well with tons of different dishes. That, and they keep spiders away. Too good to be true, isn’t it? But it is true. Maybe spiders don’t have a sophisticated enough palette to realize that chives add a lot to a dish, or maybe it’s just not their cup of tea.
It does not take long to grow chives. In about three month’s time, your chives will flower. A while before then, however, their spider eliminating properties will have taken effect.
Maybe spiders had a bad run-in with Margherita pizza. Either way, the eight-legged arachnid is not a fan of basil. Even if you were not concerned about spiders at all, you should still think about keeping basil in the house. If only because it is as simple as cutting and washing it to throw in the pan with your favorite dish.
You only need to water it once a week indoors unless you are having a hard time keeping the soil dry. Be sure to keep it somewhere that it will get a lot of sunlight. Basil grows well indoors, but I would consider putting it on a windowsill or somewhere else that it will sit in the sun for as long as it can be.
6. Dwarf Lemon Trees
Spiders hate all citrus trees. This goes back to the concept that spiders hate strong odors. A strong, sweet, and sour odor like lemon or the strong scent of mint is the last thing that a spider wants
The smell of eucalyptus is somewhat comparable to mint. It leans more towards the menthol side, however, and that is probably why spiders are not a fan of it. Eucalyptus is another common ingredient in essential oils that are used to keep spiders away as well.
It will not grow unless there is direct sunlight exposure. Eucalyptus plants grow quickly and are ready for it to eventually become somewhat large, as healthy ones tend to be pretty big.
Compared to many of the other plants on this list, Dill does not have a particularly strong odor. For the most part, spider repelling plants tend to carry very strong, distinct smells, but not Dill. Dill is not going to last you forever, but while it does, it needs a lot of sunlight.
At the very least, Dill can help you repel spiders for about two years. That is their lifespan. At that time, they need direct sunlight. Make sure you have a good spot for it where the sun can hit it for as many hours a day as possible before getting the plant or buying seeds.
Keep Those Spiders Away
It’s not too much to ask for spiders to quit showing up uninvited into your home. You should do anything that you can do to keep the spiders out of your house. Making use of already useful indoor plants to do so is easy and carries many other benefits.
Some of the benefits that come with using plants as a spider repellant include:
- Many of them are edible
- They are quite aromatic in a lot of cases
- It is inexpensive and looks great in the house
- A safer alternative to having insecticides sprayed in the house
Just as there are spider repelling plants, there are also plants that attract spiders. If you happen to have any of them currently either indoors or outdoors, maybe they are the reason that you have unwanted spiders in the first place. Either way, you should avoid them if possible, to avoid getting any more spiders than you already have.
Some of the things that attract spiders to coming indoors include:
- Dense crops, such as vegetables
- Dark, moist spaces
If you find a spider in your house, a lot of times it is in the basement. They are attracted to basements because they are often cooler, darker, and moister than the rest of the house. Spiders are drawn to plants like sunflowers and corn because there is a lot of space to spin webs and hide to hunt prey.
There is always the argument that spiders are helpful because they kill other pests such as flies or crickets. That is understandable, but there are plants that repel flies and mosquito among other pests and even if spiders help outside in the garden, they are not welcome inside for most people.
Plenty to Choose From
Who cares that spiders don’t like the taste of mint or basil, that just means that there will be more for you.
You can also use these plants outdoors if the success you have inside makes you want to see what it will do in the yard. Of course, you will have to make adjustments for soil, space, and watering, but it works just the same.
There’s no reason that you have to pay someone else to keep the spiders out of your house. Before rushing to bring in an exterminator to introduce possibly harmful chemicals to the air in your house, remember that there is a natural and fun solution.
It is fun caring for plants, and when you get extra benefits, it makes it that much more fun. With these indoor plants, you get peace of mind that spiders aren’t coming in uninvited.