6 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Spider Webs Outside Naturally

6 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Spider Webs Outside Naturally

Outdoor spider webs can be a real pain – and once you have an infestation the problem can feel overwhelming. Thankfully, there are a number of natural, low-cost ways of getting rid of spiders (and spider webs!) without having to call pest control. 

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DIY Peppermint Essential Oil Spider Spray

If you have any mint plants in your garden, you’ll likely notice that there aren’t any spiders nearby. This is because the mint scent naturally repels spiders. Use the natural repelling properties of mint to keep spiders away naturally.

Peppermint essential oil for DIY natural spider repellent spray

You will need:

  • Spray bottle 
  • 6 drops of peppermint essential oil (opt for a pure essential oil if possible, as this will have a stronger scent and be more effective)
  • 125mL (1-cup) of water

Instructions:

  1. Pour 125mL (1-cup) of water into the spray bottle. 
  2. Add 6 drops of peppermint essential oil. This can commonly be found at a health store or online. Spearmint can be used as an alternative for peppermint oil. 
  3. Put the lid on the spray bottle and then shake the bottle vigorously for a few seconds. 
  4. Apply liberally to any areas where you are noticing spiders and/or spider webs. 
  5. Reapply every 2-weeks or as needed. Shake the bottle each time before applying the spray. If you notice that the spray has lost its scent (this can happen over time when essential oils are exposed to the air), simply add a few more drops of essential oil. 

Tips:

  • This spray can be used safely and effectively indoors and outdoors. 
  • Peppermint oil is safe to use around plants, so don’t be shy to apply it around your garden and porch plants. 

Use Sticky Traps

Sticky yellow spider trap outdoors

Sticky traps are an effective and natural way of preventing spiders. Purchase the traps from your local hardware or garden store and place them in any areas where you are getting spiders. However, note that the traps don’t always work as effectively if they get wet. If you’re planning on using them outdoors, put them under the porch or under the shelter of tree branches. 

Tips:

  • To prevent spiders coming into your home, place the traps around entrances.

Natural DIY Eucalyptus Spider Repellent

Spiders hate the strong natural scent of eucalyptus oil. This makes it a great option for keeping unwanted spiders away. Personally, this is my favourite natural spider repellent that I’ve been using for years because it really works (plus I like the scent). 

Natural DIY Eucalyptus Spider Repellent

You will need:

  • A Spray bottle 
  • 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (pure essential oil works best. However, any eucalyptus oil with a strong scent will be sufficient)
  • 125mL (1-cup) of water

Instructions:

  1. Funnel approximately 125mL (1-cup) of water into a spray bottle. 
  2. Tip 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into the bottle. If you don’t have eucalyptus oil, citronella, lemon balm, lavender or orange oil will also work. 
  3. Shake the spray bottle for a few seconds to mix the water and essential oils. 
  4. Spray your natural repellent everywhere that you are noticing spiderwebs. The spray is plant-friendly, so don’t hesitate to apply it around your garden area. 

Kill Spiders Using a DIY Salt Solution

Salt is poisonous to spiders. Whilst it is not an instant spider killer, it will kill them over time and can kill spider eggs. This can help to provide a long-term solution to your spider problem.  

Kill spiders using a DIY salt solution

You will need:

  • A spray bottle 
  • 2 tsp (11-grams) of salt
  • 125mL (1-cup) of water

Instructions:

  1. Pour roughly 125mL (1-cup) of warm water into a spray bottle. 
  2. Measure in 2 tsp (11-grams) of salt.
  3. Shake the spray bottle until the salt has dissolved in the warm water. 
  4. Spray your natural saline repellent directly onto spiders, cobwebs, and spider sacs. 

Tips

  • Salt can be corrosive, so avoid spraying over metal objects such as bikes. 
  • The saline solution can leave marks on fabric so remove cushions before spraying the solution on patio furniture. 

Use Natural Scents Spiders Hate

scents that spiders hate

There are a number of smells that spiders hate that smell good to humans. Using these scents is a great way to keep spiders away, with the added benefit of leaving your home/garden smelling great. 

  • Lavender

Spiders don’t like lavender because it contains linalool. Many store-bought repellents use linalool because it is so effective at keeping spiders away. Plant lavender plants around your garden or drop lavender sprigs in areas where you are getting a lot of webs. 

  • Lemon

Spiders hate the smell of citrus. This makes lemon an effective repellent. The strongest citrus scent in lemons comes from the skin. Sprinkle lemon zest around any problems areas to keep the spiders at bay. Alternatively, mix 125mL (1-cup) of water and 10 drops of lemon essential oil in a spray bottle and spray over any cobwebs.

  • Mint

Spiders don’t like any types of mint – including peppermint, spearmint, and regular garden mint. Collect sprigs of mint and then crush the leaves in your hand – this helps to release their scent. Sprinkle the crushed leaves anywhere you want to prevent spiders. 

Use a White Vinegar Spray

White vinegar contains acetic acid. As the name suggests, this compound is strongly acidic and harms spiders. 

get rid of spiders with white vinegar

You will need:

  • A spray bottle 
  • 125mL (1-cup) white vinegar
  • 125mL (1-cup) of water

Instructions:

  1. Pour 125mL (1-cup) white vinegar and 125mL (1-cup) of water into a spray bottle. This dilution is harmful to spiders but is safe to use around children and pets. 
  2. Screw on the lid and then shake the bottle vigorously to mix the water and vinegar.
  3. Spray the diluted vinegar spray on any surface where you are getting spider webs. This is great for stopping spiders nesting in window frames and other hard to reach surfaces. 

Tips:

  • White vinegar and water spray also makes an effective window cleaner. Use the white vinegar and water solution to get rid of spiderwebs on your outdoor windows whilst making your windows shiny and clean. 

Final Notes

With a little time and effort, you can get rid of spider webs outside naturally without using toxic sprays. This is a great way to save money whilst protecting your family, pets, and plants from unwanted chemicals.

Extra Reading: If you’re having problems with spiders and/or spider webs, check out out our guide to getting rid of spiders on your deck.

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