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5 Herbs That Repel Spiders and Taste Great

Mar 2nd 2020 at 5:38 PM

You’ve probably heard of using plants and herbs to repel mosquitoes, but did you realize that you can use herbs to repel spiders as well?


Yes, I know, and you know that spiders are beneficial to this world. They play a vital role, and we should respect that, but I don't want them where I spend my time. One way to do that without using any dangerous chemicals is by keeping several aromatic herbs nearby.


Not only can you use these herbs in different culinary dishes, but they help keep spiders at bay as well. Like other insects, spiders find certain scents offensive. While you and I might find the smell delicious, their sense of smell is the opposite, and we can use that to our advantage.


Here are a few herbs to try!

5 Herbs That Repel Spiders and Taste Great

  1. Peppermint

Who doesn’t love the scent of peppermint? Spiders don’t, that’s who! It’s one of the most effective herbs to discourage spiders. You can use other varieties of mint, but peppermint seems to be the top choice. That’s more than likely due to the aromatic properties.


Peppermint grows well inside and outside. If you opt to grow it outside, I do encourage you to keep it in a container. Mint has a sprawling nature so that it will overtake everything in its path. Since it's prolific, you can split this plant over time, creating several potted plants or give some to your friends!

  1. Basil

When I think of herbs that taste great and cook well, basil immediately comes to my mind, and that’s more than likely because I’m Italian! Basil plants have high levels of aromatic oils that can be used to repel most insects, including spiders.


You can grow basil indoors and outdoors, so long as the location you select offers 4-5 hours of sunlight each day. Also, basil isn’t fond of cold temperatures, so be sure not to plant outside until the risk of frost disappears.

  1. Lavender

Didn't know that lavender tastes good? You knew it smells delicious, but you might not have tried any dishes, including lavender. I'm a fan of lavender tea and lavender lemonade.


Lavender is an outdoor garden staple with tall, purple stems. The aroma that you and I love so much also deters insects. There is only one problem; lavender doesn’t grow as well indoors as some of these other herbs. It can be rather picky about its conditions.

  1. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm isn’t a traditional culinary herb; it’s best known for herbal tea, but it sure does taste yummy! It has a light, springy, lemony taste with just a tad bit of mint.


Lemon balm is another common herb to help deter spiders, fruit flies, and other common insects. You can easily grow it as a houseplant, even if you’re a new gardener. It does fine in sun or indirect light, nor is it too picky about soil conditions.

  1. Rosemary

Here is another herb that spiders find offensive, and they’ll stay clear of the plants. Depending on where you live, rosemary can be a perennial plant, and it also grows well in containers. All you need to do is grow a pot or two of rosemary and keep it in areas that spiders like to come.


Rosemary is a plant that looks great everywhere. Try putting it in clusters within your garden beds, in pots on your patio table, or your kitchen windowsill.

Say Bye to Spiders in Your House

 

While most spiders are harmless, you don’t want them spending time in your living room or near your patio when you’re trying to enjoy lunch. With these herbs that repel spiders, you can keep spiders away without using chemicals that are dangerous to your family.


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