Some people say spiders are harmless and some people are extremely scared by them. I find myself in the second category; as a matter of fact when I see a tiny furry four-legged spider is like I’ve seen Boogeyman. Another thing I dislike is getting into those sticky spider webs they knit.
I know, you’ll say that spiders are actually beneficial in the garden, because they are the natural repellents for some insects, but I can’t stand them. The other days while I was reading a book on the porch, a spider started climbing up my leg. I froze and hit it with the book! Geeze! The sensation is still giving me the goosebumps!
I said to myself: spiders have to find another place to stay away from my garden. In this regard, I drove spiders away from my yard using all sorts of tricks and solutions:
- I removed most items suitable for spiders to build a web (and I had a lot of wooden trunks and other crap thrown in the garden).
- Trim any dense vegetation in the yard like bushes. There is the perfect place for spiders to knit their webs.
- Move outdoor lights away from windows or other access points, because lights will attract these tasty insects.
- For instance, you can replace white light bulbs with yellow light bulbs. The last are designed not to attract bugs.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the areas you want to protect from spiders – in front of the porch, doorway, pathway or in front of the garage.
You can decorate the porch, windowsill and front door with spider repelling plants in pots. Such plants are:
In addition, I prepared a tobacco spray for the yard to deter spiders naturally, as it follows:
- Boil 1 gallon (4 l) of water.
- Add 1 package of pipe or chewing tobacco to the water and let the tobacco soak until the water cools to room temperature.
- Strain this mixture into a clean container.
- Put 1 cup of the tobacco juice and 1/2 cup of mint into a hose-end sprayer.
Attach the hose sprayer to your garden hose and spray problem areas of your yard. This mixture will also repel mosquitoes and other pests. Be selective in your spraying! This mix will also kill all the many beneficial insects in your garden, like lady bugs and beetles. Spiders are beneficial in the garden as well – eating lots of mosquitoes and plant pests.