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Do Spiders Really Hate Peppermint?

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We have a large screened-in pool deck and unfortunately it’s prime real estate for spiders, specifically brown widows. And here is where I am torn.

Good – Brown widows are venomous but rather docile and the chances that they will bite my children or pets is pretty low. Or so I’m told, I’m not about to intentionally find out.

*I feel the need to strongly knock on wood right here*

Bad – Brown widows are venomous.

Good – Brown widows tend to take over the territories of the less venomous, but more aggressive (though still on the docile side), black widow.

Bad – Brown widows are venomous.

Good – Brown widows belong in our ecosystem and removing them could screw up the balance.

Bad – I don’t know if I mentioned this, but brown widows are venomous.

The key is to remove the spiders that are there now and figure out a way to keep them away for good. But how?

Thankfully the internet came to the rescue.

THE CLAIM:
Spiders hate peppermint

THE MEME AS SEEN ON FACEBOOK:
peppermint oil

THE SITE THE MEME LINKS TO:
Herbs and Oils World (this is a commercial site, not an affiliate link)

MY METHOD:
Step 1: Clear out two corners currently infested by spiders

Step 2: Make peppermint essential oil/water mixture. The site didn’t get specific but they linked to a 4 or 5 ounce spray bottle and said to use 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil. I decided to mix 10 drops of doTerra brand peppermint essential oil in 4 ounces of water. My use of doTerra isn’t an endorsement, it’s just what I had because I have a friend who sells it.

Step 3: Saturate one corner (the corner next to the door) at initial application. Reapply peppermint spray after rain and every 2-3 days thereafter. Do not spray second corner at any point during this experiment.

Step 4: Keep an eye on both areas over the next few weeks to see if the spiders move back into either corner.

THE PROOF:
*My experiment is not complete. I will add pictures and updates over the next few weeks.*

August 27, 2013

Spider sacs were removed from the corner near the door:
spiders1

and the corner a few panels over:
spiders2

Look for an update once a week until I determine if spiders really do hate peppermint!

UPDATE 8/29/2013
-Both corners are spider-free two days after removal & peppermint application




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