Natural Spider Repellent (guaranteed to work)Updated: April 04, 2017Green Living
My husband’s and my property overlooks a scenic and peaceful fishing lake. While we love the view and the calm of living in our semi-rural neighborhood, we don’t love the spiders such an environment naturally seems to attract. Warm, moist surroundings with lots of trees are particularly inviting to spiders of all sizes who seem to get into the house no matter what spider repellent tactics are taken especially during the summer rainy season.
After 22 years of living in our home, I had long since resigned myself to the fact that being Chief Spider Catcher was a title I was just going to have to accept. The recent story in the news of the couple who had to move out of their upscale, Missouri house due to a horrible infestation with venomous brown recluse spiders despite repeated treatment from conventional pest control companies is testament to just how difficult spiders can be to deal with.
Fortunately, I’m not afraid of spiders, so taking out even the big, fast ones who would sneak into the house was an annoying, but not a scary task.
When you have young children, however, spiders are much more than annoying. They can be dangerous and there are plenty of spiders that pack a nasty and even venomous bite which can prove especially problematic for those who are immuno-compromised in any way.
In our neck of the woods, the wolf spider is the one that most concerns me. Those things are big, hairy, fast and not shy about biting you if provoked.
I remember vividly the time my husband put his bare feet into his work shoes that had been left sitting on the front porch only to find an enormous wolf spider hiding inside that gave him the most painful bite he has ever experienced (it was the only time in our almost 24 years of marriage that I ever heard him swear over literally anything!).
Clearly, even if spiders don’t get loose in the home, they can be a danger outside if they are nesting on the porch, in the garage or in trees close by.
Natural Spider Repellent – Guaranteed!
I recently noticed that for the past 6 months, not a single spider had gotten into the house. I hadn’t seen any spiders in the garage or on the porch either. In fact, I hadn’t seen a single spider anywhere.
This despite a particularly wet summer with rains that filled every single retention pond around our township to the very brim.
What had so dramatically changed?
I got my answer at the Wise Traditions Conference in Indianapolis this past weekend. After one session, I had the privilege of talking with Pat Foreman, a well known radio personality known as The Chicken Whisperer. Pat is the author of City Chicks: Keeping Micro-Flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-Recyclers, and Local Food Producers.
I was talking to Pat about a number of issues related to backyard chickens as our family has only recently acquired a mobile coop with 3 hens last spring.
As I was chatting with her, I realized that our chickens were the reason spiders have been a complete no show on our property for months!
Pat confirmed that chickens do indeed enjoy a meal that includes a nice juicy spider as well as any other insects they might find pecking and scratching around the property where they are allowed to free range.
At that moment, I realized that our chickens were not only our ace in the hole spider repellent but also the reason why I hadn’t had to knock down any wasp nests around our house in months and months! Our kids even witnessed a down and dirty fight between two of our layers over a large and apparently very desirable wasp in recent weeks.
Chickens not only function as a natural spider repellent – they are a natural insect repellent no matter what type of bugs enjoy hanging out and bothering you throughout the year! Yes, even including mosquitoes and ticks!
If you have a spider problem like we did for so many years, a couple of chickens can provide your family with fresh, nutritious eggs and also keep your children safe and your property free from these pesky and dangerous creatures.
Concerned that keeping chickens in the city wouldn’t be allowed due to zoning ordinances? Be sure to check out City Chicks as this has the inside scoop on how to effectively get laying hens permitted within your town or city. In my county, for example, I was surprised to learn that any property owner is permitted to have laying hens (not roosters) no matter what the neighborhood!
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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