Anti Spider Spray (Essential Oil Based)

If you are the kind of person that can’t sleep for a week if you see a spider near your bed, then join the club! We live only a few yards from a large wooded area here in Nashville, so we get our fair share of spiders in the house—especially in the winter, when they are looking for a warmer place to hang out. Now, I figure a few basement spiders are just going to happen and that’s OK, but I don’t love seeing them (especially the larger variety) striding across my couch or bedroom floor. Anyways, I wanted to find a less toxic solution to the problem and it turns out that essential oils are a great way to keep those eight-legged guys away from our living space. Essential oil sprays don’t kill spiders (good news for those of you who catch and release every bug in the house so as not to harm them), but they create an environment that they are just not into, and so they leave! It’s like you meeting your friend at a bar for a drink, and when you walk in it’s dark and smelly. What would you do? Probably leave and find another bar that had a better atmosphere, right? It’s basically like that.

There are several oils that spiders are really not into: lemon (any citrus oil is good), peppermint, tea tree, and lavender. I would just pick the one that you like best since you’ll have to smell the scent too. While peppermint oil is usually said to be the most effective, we don’t suggest using peppermint essential oil around children under 6. So if you have a little one like I do, I would choose a different oil to spray (I chose lavender instead). Storing your oils on this cute pink tray (similar here) isn’t required, but doesn’t hurt either.

Select the oil of your choice and drop 5-10 drops of it into an empty 16 oz. glass spray bottle (amber spray bottles are best for storing and extending the potency of essential oil products, but if you keep home sprays in dark cabinets like I do a clear glass spray bottle is fine too).Fill the rest of your bottle with water and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid at the end (the soap will help the oil mix into the water more evenly). Screw on your nozzle and give the mixture a few good shakes. If you want your new spider spray to look “official,” download our anti spider spray label and print it onto sticker paper so you can easily recognize your DIY mix. To use your anti spider spray, spray along baseboards, around doors and windows, and in the corner creases of walls in rooms where you have (or want to prevent) issues. If you have a current spider issue, you may want to spray those areas a few times that week and then spray once a week for maintenance after that. You can also put a drop or two of these oils onto a cotton ball and place them in harder to spray areas like under your bed. Spraying oils may cause spots on carpets or upholstery, so make sure to test a small area before spraying it on larger sections. Since dealing with spiders (real or imaginary) can be a bit stressful, it’s a good thing you’ll get a little calming aromatherapy while you spray! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I googled this website to learn more about peppermint oils. I hate with a passion 8 legged bugs. Just in my bed and saw one across. I also read you add alcohol to the mixture. However I’m going to try the first with water, peppermint and dishwashing soap.

  • Amazing post, also essential oil base mixture worked wonders for keeping our baby’s skin nourished. Thanks!

    Nees essential oil bracelets?

  • No citrus oils around pets! I did not know this and lost my poor cat to lymphoma last year. Kid safety is of course the most important, but we can’t forget out about furry babies.

  • I definitely gonna try this out because I have some spiders in my room and I’m so afraid of them! But on the other side I know that spiders play an important role in the nature, so I don’t want to kill them. Plus, it would be nice to have some lavender smell in my room!

  • We totally need this for our new house! The spiders are out of control here!


  • Love this, it is going to make such a great present for some of my spider-fearing friends & isn’t the label just the cutest!!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  • This is great, I have been looking for a natural way to deter spiders from my home as I currently have a spider problem. Thanks for sharing.

    Eme x |

  • First of all, I want to tell you how much I loved reading this article! I love spiders but they scare the beejebers out of me, too. I’m going to make this spray for sure!

    I sell doTERRA oils and just wanted to clarify that doTERRA oils have all been deemed safe to use around babies and children. I can’t speak for other brands. Peppermint would be safe to use in a spray bottle, like your recipe, but peppermint oil itself needs to used with a carrier oil sparingly with children. Just keep the essential oils themselves out of reach of children. But your spray bottle idea is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jamie- careful w/tea tree around dogs. All others are fine. I even use a lavender oil and water mix as a way to help itchy skin or ears on my dogs.

  • I never knew this was possible. This is deffo something I need in my life haha. Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah | Wild At Heart

  • Lovely idea. I have read that cedarwood oil is also very good. Lovely smell too. Apparently houses built of cedarwood tend to be spider free!

    • Chihuahuas are extremely allergic to cedar wood even if you use it in a diffuser.

  • So interesting post!

  • I second the comment about cats and essential oils – some are very toxic for kitties, so check first if you have cats.

  • Aww, I love spiders! They eat other, nastier bugs. A silverfish spray, that’s what I’d like to have! I hear they don’t like lavender, would this work for them?

    • Diatomaceous earth is good to get rid of silverfish. Just sprinkle around areas you see them and in corners. Use a dehumidifier and toss any cardboard boxes you are using For storage, clean with a citrus or lavender cleaner and then use peppermint, cinnamon, and cedar to keep them away.

    • Cats LOVE to hunt and eat silverfish especially at night when they usually come out. We had a silverfish problem for years until we got a cat, now hardly ever see one as she gets to them first, hunts and eats them. Also, if you have a lot of books/magazines it’s a good idea to nuke each one ie. microwave each one for 30 seconds or so on high as this will kill any eggs they lay in the papers. Larger books may take a longer time but you want to be careful so as to not disrupt the binding so be careful.. Hope this helps. Do not know of any other solution.

  • This is genius! I’m going to have to drop some hints for people to make this and put it in my stocking for Christmas.

  • How fun and cute!! The little spiders are cute!
    xo, Meghan |

  • Was just going to ask what to be aware of regarding pets. Sarah said no lavender around cats, are there any other ones to stay away from with cats and dogs around?

    • All are OK except tea tree around dogs. Sometimes they sneeze if peppermint is too strong, but I use lavender/water mix for a lot of things with my pups.

    • Peppermint is very bad for animals. My sister told me about this approx a year ago, but She only mentioned the Peppermint. I am only learning that there are other oils I can use. I researched if there was any danger to my cat. Apparently it is very dangerous and could potentially be fatal. The article mentioned that even a fine mist was harmful.

  • Just beware lavender essential oil is toxic to cats due the linalool in the oil. They are fine around fresh lavender, but not the essential oil.

    • Thank you SO MUCH for that info……. I have many kitty’s and I want to keep them very safe!!

  • I’ve never been scared of spiders but I do sleep better knowing they aren’t lurching around my bed! Haha. Thanks for the recipe!

    Also, thanks for mentioning the peppermint bit! It’s very important to me that when talking essential oils, we share safety as well as the fun. I believe spearmint is the safer choice around littles, but I would still research that if anyone wants something minty.

    • While essential mint oils are great to repel insect, theu can be toxic to cats, even when used in an infuser. Check with your vet to see what ouls are safe around fur babies.

  • I never knew you could even make anti-bug sprays yourself. What a great DIY!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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