It is often joked that Australia has plenty of nasty creepy crawlies hiding out in the back garden just waiting to sink their grumpy fangs into you. While fatalities from spider bites have not occurred in over 30 years, a bite from spiders like the Funnel Web can still put you in the hospital. There are a number of natural ways that you can deter spiders from seeking shelter in your shed this winter, and these are just two of them.
Peppermint oil is often touted online as being one natural way you can keep spiders out of your garage, but have you ever wondered why? The answer is because the tips of a spider's legs are how the spider tastes its surroundings. When the tips of their legs come into contact with oils such as peppermint or eucalyptus, it tastes a harsh environment and promptly scuttles away.
In a spray bottle, combine a half-cup of vinegar, 20 drops of peppermint essential oil, and one and a half cups of water. Give the bottle a shake to mix and then get spray happy out in the shed. Make sure to particularly concentrate on window sills, baseboards, and the frame around the door. Make sure you reapply the spray every week to keep the arachnids at bay.
While you may have a love of cinnamon rolls baking in your kitchen, your local spiders are far from being fans. Spiders dislike the smell of cinnamon, so this is another natural alternative that you can use out in your shed.
You can either make up a spray using the above-mentioned method and swap out the peppermint oil for a cinnamon one, or you can buy a large container of ground cinnamon and sprinkle it around the shed. The smell alone is all you need to send the spiders packing and looking for a new home. Be reminded, however, that cinnamon can irritate the sensitive skin of dogs, and when too much is inhaled, it can cause them to cough, so make sure you keep your canine buddy out of the shed if you use powdered cinnamon as a spider deterrent.
If you have a family member who suffers arachnophobia, there will be no reason for them to avoid heading into the shed for gardening tools once you've used one of these natural spider remedies. Additionally, your chances of suffering from a nasty spider bite are gone, and you will once again be able to enter the shed without taking along a broom for protection.