Warm, moist surroundings with lots of trees are particularly inviting to spiders of all sizes. No matter what we did as a spider repellent tactic, these critters seemed to find a way to get into the house especially during the summer rainy season.
The news story about 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 a testament to just how difficult spiders can be to deal with.
After 22 years of living in our home, I had long since resigned myself to being Chief Spider Catcher. I thought it was a title I was just going to have to accept. Fortunately, we didn’t have spider repellent problems with the brown recluse or other dangerous species.
At least I’m not afraid of spiders. Taking out the big, fast ones was an annoying, but thankfully 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. If a person is immuno-compromised, a spider bite is especially problematic.
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. 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. Our family acquired a mobile coop with 3 hens last spring.
As I was chatting with her, I realized that our chickens were our spider repellent secret weapon and the reason they’ve 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. They also like to eat any other insects they might find pecking and scratching around the property where they are allowed to free range.
Chickens Love to Eat Spiders and Other Insects
At that moment, I realized that our chickens were also the reason why I hadn’t had to knock down any wasp nests in many months. Our kids even witnessed a down and dirty fight between two of our layers over a very large wasp.
Chickens 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! I’ve seen my chickens eating mosquito larvae out of a bucket filled with water before!
Do you have a spider problem like we did for so many years? If so, 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? Check out City Chicks which has the inside scoop on how to effectively get laying hens permitted within your town or city. In my county, I was surprised to learn that any property owner is permitted to have laying hens (not roosters) no matter what the neighborhood
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