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How to Repel Spiders from Your Bed at Night: The Best At-Home Tips

Oct 11, 2021

Spiders are a nuisance and very scary for some people. Some urban myths have even suggested that people swallow eight spiders annually while sleeping. 

Ignore these urban legends, and instead focus on how to repel spiders from your bed at night. You’ll sleep better knowing you’ve taken steps to keep these pests at bay.

Ultrasonic Pest Repellents

Ultrasonic pest repellents on a wood floor

An ultrasonic pest repellent is an electronic pest-repelling device. These devices are helpful if you can’t endure the strong smell of lingering chemical pesticides.

Plug in the device, and it produces an ultrasound and electromagnetic waves that make all insects flee. They not only keep spiders at bay but other insects like mites, rodents, and cockroaches as well.

These sounds are inaudible to human beings. However, spiders have highly responsive senses. Their acute sense of hearing makes them more perceptive to the ultrasonic tones.

The device is also safe to use even with kids playing around in your home. Additionally, there is no need for a refill. The product starts working immediately.

Deep Clean the House

Doing your household chores keeps spiders away. It’s simple – just like they love dark areas, they also like cluttered and dirty places. Thus, maintaining a clean home will discourage spiders or other insects from inhabiting your bed or house.

You should thoroughly clean the entire house beginning with your bedroom. Ensure you vacuum even the hard-to-reach cracks and crevices. Spiders love to hide in the dark, debris-filled cracks away from humans.

Be sure to give the space under your bed a lot of attention while you’re cleaning.  Since it tends to be dark and dusty under beds, they’re an ideal place for spiders to hide away.

The garbage from your kitchen may also attract spiders. Make sure you dump trash away from your house. Do not leave it adjacent to your bedroom’s wall or close to your home. They may continue from your trash cans and into your home. It’s also a good idea to get rid of stuff around your house in general because many pests will find homes in these things.

Avoid Eating in Bed

Whether it’s a simple snack or meal, many of us are guilty of eating in bed. For some, it sounds like a perfect way to relax after a tiresome day. However, the results may be counterproductive.

Unless you are ready to replace your bedding immediately after eating, you should avoid eating in bed. There will always be leftover crumbs, regardless of how cautious you are. Even the smallest amount of food can attract insects such as rodents or spiders.

While human food is not in their natural food chain, spiders are easily attracted to human food scents. Also, the insects that spiders eat seek out your crumbs. Spiders are sure to follow.

If you can’t resist the urge, do so as neatly as possible. Hopefully, this will leave few food crumbs that you can quickly get rid of. 

Patch Entry Points

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The gaps in keyholes, under doors, or around windows form great entry points for insects like spiders. Many tiny bugs can make use of these gaps to get into your home.

Make sure these tiny gaps are sealed off to keep spiders away from your house. There are various doors and window seals, so pick the one that works best for you. You can also use caulk or tape as sealants.

These cracks are easy to seal yourself. If you have a hectic schedule, a professional will also do it for you. Make sure you remember to seal off all cracked sealants, corners of windows, electrical wiring, and door gaps.

Your basement is also a favorite place for spiders. If there are spiders down there, there will most likely be more around your home. While spiders may not harm you, you may find the presence of these arachnids unnerving. If so, sealing off entry points will help keep them away.

Keep Under the Bed Clean

Cleanliness cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to spider prevention. Some people like to throw dirty clothes under the bed only to forget them for weeks. Spiders find these warm, dingy spaces perfect places to hide and spin webs to trap insects.

Also, storing too many storage boxes underneath the bed is not recommended. It may save on space, but it’s not wise. Boxes collect debris easily. If they’re cardboard, they may also absorb moisture, thus attracting insect prey. With an abundant food source, spiders are more likely to make their homes there.

Although cleaning under the bed may seem like a pain because it’s hard to reach, it is critical to repel spiders from your bed. It’s definitely worth the time.

Use Peppermint Oil

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Using essential oils like peppermint is considered one of the best ways to deter spiders. Spiders do not like the peppermint smell. Instead, they will relocate and stay clear of your room. What’s more, this method is quite affordable compared to most methods.

Many use peppermint oil as a natural pest repellent or insecticide. It keeps many different insects away. When likened to other chemical pesticides, using peppermint oil is a much better option. It is safe, effective, and natural.

Before use, mix peppermint with some water and spray it all over your room, especially in areas insects like spiders are likely to hide out. You may also consider combining the peppermint with detergents while washing your bedding.

Lavender, rose, eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemon essential oils also repel spiders. However, peppermint is considered the strongest.

Use Cedar Oil

Another oil that keeps spiders away from your room is cedar oil. They often can’t tolerate its pungent smell. Cedar oil is available in numerous liquid products. Even the natural wood assists in repelling spiders.

Consider buying cedar-lined side drawers or wardrobes. They will effortlessly ward off these unwelcome creatures.

Use Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil also effectively keeps spiders away. The smell of cinnamon repels these arachnids. Spiders prefer to maintain a fair distance away from them.

Ultimately, cinnamon oil will also fight other insects and keep them away, so it’s not for spiders only. Mix cinnamon oil with water, dip a cotton ball in, then wipe the mixture in spider-prone areas.

Use Vinegar

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Vinegar, like the essential oils listed above, has quite a potent smell. This smell is a potential solution to repel spiders away from your room.

A mixture of a half bottle of water and vinegar works like magic to keep these insects away. It is an easy DIY natural spider repellent. Those who do not like the strong smell of chemical pesticides tend to prefer these methods.

Moreover, vinegar will also work against infestation by fruit flies, mosquitoes, and ants. Since spiders prey on these insects, you’ll be limiting their food supply as well.

Wash the Sheets Often

Another step you can take is to keep your bedding clean. You will not only keep spiders away but also enjoy better quality sleep.

Ensure you also change the sheets not only because it will keep insects away, but it is also hygienic. You shed skin cells while sleeping and also sweat a lot. These cells will accrue together with other dirt and grime. These unhygienic conditions attract other pests that draw in hungry spiders.

Install a Door Sweep

Add a door sweep to prevent spiders from crawling in under the bedroom door. The best door sweeps are nylon brush sweeps. They offer excellent protection against all insects.

First, you need the most appropriate door sweep for your door. Measure the size accurately to choose a custom fit that will fit your door. The sweep should sit just above the floor and not drag. It will also keep other insects away from your room.

Are Spiders Attracted to Light?

A bunch of moths surrounding a porch light

The simple answer is no. Spiders are not attracted to light. However, like any other animal, they are attracted to food. Since other insects gravitate toward lights, the spiders will follow them there.  Any light that attracts flying insects is a prime spot for spiders.

If All Else Fails, Hire an Exterminator!

Sometimes even the best of DIY efforts isn’t enough. If your spider problem persists, calling a professional is the best way to get rid of them.  

Romney Pest Control provides easy and effective solutions for all kinds of insects. We can help you get rid of spiders and help you repel spiders from your bed. Call us today for a free quote!

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