How to get rid of spiders

Find out how you can deter spiders from entering your home with these natural methods that won't cause them harm.


by Lorna White |
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Perhaps, you're wondering: how to get rid of spiders? After all, as the colder months are drawing in, you're bound to be finding some unwanted guests in your home. Whether you're a fan of the eight-legged insects or they give you the creeps, it's fair to say most of us would rather see spiders on the outside of our walls than have them on the inside. While things like humane mouse traps can combat the mice, deterring spiders isn't so straightforward.

Just like us, spiders are sensitive to smells. By using some natural scents in and around the home, you can repel unwanted spiders while giving your home a boost of fresh fragrance. One type of smell they can't stand is anything citrus-scented. By rubbing the peel of any citrus fruit on skirting boards or any other corner they manage to get through, you may deter them from entering. Use citrus cleaning products and candles as an extra deterrent.

How to get rid of spiders at a glance

Best humane spider catcher: Katcha Humane Spider Catcher - Buy now on Amazon UK
Best essential oils for deterring spiders: AMMIY Essential Oils Set of 6 - Buy now on Amazon UK
Best diffuser to deter spiders: Tisserand Aromatherapy Aroma Spa Diffuser - Buy now on Amazon UK

Luckily, you should be able to find most of the natural deterrents in and around your home already. Of course, we love having aromatherapy diffusers and sweet-smelling wax melt around the home, but spiders are triggered by certain scents. We've rounded up the best products needed by those of us asking: how to get rid of spiders? Our list consists of essential oils and scents to keep the spiders away, humane spider catchers and more.

Our guide on how to get rid of spiders may be sweet-smelling for us, but unappealing for them.

How to get rid of spiders naturally

Best humane spider catcher

Katcha Battery Operated Vacuum Spider Catcher
Price: £14.99

If, despite your best efforts, an eight-legged friend still manages to get inside your home, you can easily catch them and return them to the outdoors using this Katcha Humane Spider Catcher which works using a vacuum system. You can also always use this for other creepy crawlies too!

Customer review: "These gadgets are very handy, especially in an old cottage. This one doesn't seem as powerful as one we used in a holiday cottage this year, yet to test on a Wolf Spider, but has dealt with woodlice, harvest spiders and flies fine. So good to let them go, unharmed."


  • You let them go unharmed
  • Useful to have around the house


  • May not be best for larger spiders

Best essential oils for deterring spiders

Natural scents including lavender, peppermint and tea tree will really make spiders steer well clear of entering your home. All you need to do is add a few drops of the essential oil to a spray bottle of water and spritz around the home. Or, add these AMMIY Essential Oils Set of 6 to an aromatherapy diffuser for a fragrant, spider-free home.

Customer review: "I stopped using my favourite brand way last year as they started to smell ‘chemically’ have been on the lookout for a new one, and have tried a few but none seemed to hit the mark. Ordered these yesterday and they arrived today- tried them immediately and I’m more than pleased… lovely fresh scent- lavender in the bedroom and orange in the kitchen are the ones I’ve used so far- will be using these from now on."


  • 100 per cent pure and natural
  • Great variety of fresh scents


  • Does take quite a few drops to get the required scent

Best diffuser to deter spiders

Tisserand Aromatherapy - Aroma Spa Diffuser - For Use With Essential Oils - Mood Lighting - 5 Hours Ultra-Quiet Continuous Mist - 100 ml Capacity
Price: $62.50

If you'd rather fill your home with pleasant scents while fending off the spiders, a diffuser is a great idea! We love the award-winning Tisserand Aromatherapy Aroma Spa Diffuser with its fine and silent mist. Not only will it be a treat for your nose, but it'll deter those pesky eight-legged visitors. Set a delicate and fragrant atmosphere for any mood.

Customer review: "With so many diffusers out there it was really hard to make a decision which one to buy, but I opted for this one as I knew the brand and that they were famous for their aromatherapy and I already had a few of their oils. So far I am very satisfied with this and I think I made a good choice. There are fancier-looking models out there but I like the simplicity of this one. I would say it’s on par with the MUJI diffuser but almost half the price!"


  • Award-winning therapy at home
  • Fine, silent mist to set the mood


  • Could do with having a timer

Best vinegar spray bottle for deterring spiders

If you're not a fan of essential oils, you can always use vinegar as spiders can't stand the smell! Grab the Nomara Organics Glass Spray Bottles, and fill them half with water and half with white vinegar. Give your bottle a good shake before spraying on all those cracks and crevices spiders often crawl in through. Easy.

Customer review: "A great bottle which will help to reduce plastic use in our household."


  • Premium BPA-free, eco-friendly set
  • Multiple uses around the home


  • Glass isn't shatterproof

Best cedar blocks for repelling spiders

While it's thought that using conkers to repel spiders is an old wives tale, the use of ceder blocks to get rid of spiders is believed by many to work. These Cedar Insect Repellant Blocks also smell great around the house!

Customer review: "Great size which can be placed in all the drawers without really noticing that they're there!!"


  • A great size, blends in with your homeware
  • Refresh the fragrance with fine sandpaper


  • To be kept away from water

Best lavender plants to keep spiders away

Plant this Potted Lavender outdoors, around your home - by doorways, keeping it in full sun and in well-drained soil. Make sure to not overwater - and expect to see fewer spiders in your home with this lavender standing guard. Not only that, these pollen-rich flowers are beautiful in bloom and will keep your garden fragrant. Plus, lavender flowers are edible and can be used to add flavour to cocktails, syrups, sorbets, cakes, biscuits and salads.

Customer review: "Great plants as you would expect from Sarah Raven."


  • A perfect outdoor spider deterrent
  • Fragrant and can be used in cooking


  • Only fare well outdoors


What else deters spiders?

Cleaning and tidying

If you're not keen on the fragrances, how else to get rid of spiders? Well, there's nothing spiders love more than plenty of places to hide. As such, it's really important to keep your home clean so the spiders can't find a cosy place to hide.

It's also a good idea to keep the exterior of your home as tidy as possible, too, by ensuring there are no big piles of leaves or chippings and that any openings such as windows are well sealed both internally and externally.

Outdoor plants

As mentioned previously, spiders hate certain smells including lavender. Not only does lavender smell great to us, it always looks so pretty around the garden so it's a great idea to place lavender plants in pots around the house in the garden, being mindful of the spots where the spiders usually come in. This may be around the front door of many homes.

Below, are some tips from Anthea Turner who shared her best advice on how to get rid of spiders:

Lorna White is a Senior Digital Writer for Mother&Baby and Yours and has been a part of the team since 2020.

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