Lemon oil for deterring spiders
does it work?
, Jan 27 2011 01:39 PM
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:39 PM
I'm not especially spider phobic but I have cobwebs all over my outdoor fences and the pool fence and they just look messy. I'm thinking of trying lemon oil, just wondering if anyone can verify that this does actually work?
Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:45 PM
Works like a charm for us- we used to have golden orb and huntsman spiders all around our front door - I put about ten-fifteen drops of lemon oil into a spray bottle with some water and spritzed the whole area - haven't had a spider come back in three weeks so far.
I'm re-spraying next week... the smell is *lovely* and I want to keep the little arachnids away. Be aware, though, that cats also hate it. We have two cats and for the first few days after I'd sprayed they refused to use the front door, insisting on coming to the kitchen or laundry doors (which we hardly ever use) because they didn't like the smell of the lemon oil.
They got over it in a few days, but they sure were cranky with me at first!
Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:07 PM
excellent I didnt know about lemon oil, I will try it!
Posted 27 January 2011 - 03:15 PM
Thank you, looks like I'll have to give it a try. No problem with cats here - I have a big dog, so let's see if she dislikes it!
Posted 27 January 2011 - 03:19 PM
I might have to give this a go too.
Where do you get lemon oil from?
Posted 27 January 2011 - 03:22 PM
Health food shops or places like Dusk that stock essential oils.
Health food shop is probably going to be cheaper, though. Or a chemist.
Posted 27 January 2011 - 03:23 PM
Awesome! Thank you
Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:06 PM
Lol I have to tell a friend of mine about this.
The spiders that live under his veranda are chunky. And they have a wonderful habit of stringing up their webs between the posts, covering the entire space...so if you dare wander out at night, you get caught.
It's funny looking out his window in the evening and seeing spiders as big as mice hovering in the centre of each veranda post opening.
Posted 27 January 2011 - 07:41 PM
We have a big spider problem inside
and outside our sliding doors and kitchen window - and have been wondering what to use. Was even going to start a thread about it. Am so happy to know something so simple can fix it.
Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:43 PM
awesome going to give it a go on my clothes line! there a heaps on there and i dont want to use a chemical spray!
Posted 28 January 2011 - 05:23 PM
tHANKS OP- didn't know about this either! Can you tell me how much water you would add to the 10-15 drops of lemon oil? Just enough to be able to spray or a bit more? I will def be trying this as hate the huntsmen around the front door. I also hate using chemicals so will be giving this a try. And, love the smell of lemon!
Posted 28 January 2011 - 05:33 PM
What a brilliant thread,guess what alot of us are doing tomorrow!
Anyone else have any other chemical free ideas for anything?
Posted 29 January 2011 - 07:14 PM
Thanks everyone! After all this I haven't tried it yet - no chance to get to the shops to purchase said lemon oil, and we are about to go on a mini-holiday so I will have to get onto this when we return.
Crossing my fingers it works!
Posted 29 January 2011 - 07:22 PM
What a great idea for windows and doorways. Will be giving this a shot. We have quite a lot of black widows at the moment, although they are probably doing a good job of keeping the mosquitoes and flies at bay.
Posted 29 January 2011 - 08:21 PM
I hope it works!
We found 3 huntsmen spiders inside within a 24 hour period.
I have an irrational fear ofd big spiders.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 08:52 AM
Shannon Lush recommends it. She also says to outdone on the end of a straw broom, and sweep up cobwebs, wipe doorways etc
Apparently if you wipe some over lighbulbs, asthey heat up, they give off the smell & prevent spiders inside.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 08:41 PM
for those who have successfully used lemon oil, what concentration did you use? I put approx. 10 drops in a small water sprayer but it doesn't seem to have bothered the spiders a great deal.
Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:56 PM
I just read on a site that you fill up quarter of the spray bottle with water and add a teaspoon of essential lemon oil (needs to be essential oil and not synthetic too).
I did my place today. Fingers crossed!
Having a huntsman the size of my hand come in the other night was not something I want to experience again. I was trying to get him to leave via the window he came in by as didn't want to kill something that large - but in the end, it was advancing to my DD's room so it got a face full of spray. Having seen one leap across a room at a colleague once (a guy who moonlighted as a security guard and promptly feinted when it landed on him - heh heh) - I wasn't taking chances with trying to flick it away with a shoe.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 05:43 PM
Oo just bought some lemon oil and the man in the shop said there had been a run on it - all us lurkers ha ha.
Is there a consensus as to how much to use???
Posted 02 February 2011 - 05:50 PM
I use about 25-30 drops in 100mls of water and only use it around doorways. It has to be lemon essential oil which comes from lemon peel. If you want to deter them and you don't have access to essential oil but can get hold of lemons then you can rub the lemon peel on your flyscreens and the oil will stay behind. You have to rub pretty hard, but you'll smell when the oil is coming out.
Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:18 PM
Great thread! Thanks OP...we have spiders the size of mice at the front of our house...on the shopping list, thanks!
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