How To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home/Bug Out Shelter

No matter what type of prepper you are, we all likely have one thing in common: we want to keep spiders out. Whether you’re bugging in or bugging out when SHTF, the fact is you need spiders to be out of your home and back outside where they belong. 

Not only do these arachnids give most people the creeps, but there’s also the chance of one of them biting you. And, considering there’s a severe lack of access to medical personnel during most SHTF events, this can be a very bad thing.

Although spiders are good for the environment and kill other bugs, that doesn’t mean they need to set up camp in your home or bug-out shelter. Thankfully,  with a few simple tips, you can keep them out of your space the natural way, without filling your home with harmful chemicals or toxins.

How To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home/Bug Out Shelter

Know Which Spiders Are The Most Dangerous

Before we begin, it’s crucial to be able to recognize some of the deadliest spiders. Although not every spider is poisonous, it’s crucial to know what some of the more dangerous ones look like so you can be prepared.

Here’s a video showing some of the spiders you need to be most wary of in a crisis (as well as in everyday life):


Not only is turmeric a delicious spice, but it’s also a natural insect killer. Many spiders are allergic to it, which makes it an excellent, all-natural solution to your spider problem. Sprinkle the powder around the garden, as well as in the kitchen. This is sure to keep the arachnids away.

Lavender Oil

One of the best things about spiders is they hate all the delicious things humans generally love – like lavender. Since spiders despise this strong-smelling liquid, you’ll want to add a few drops of it around all holes in the walls where they may be entering/exiting from. Make sure to drip it around window ledges and door frames, too.

Here’s a cool hack. To get the most bang for your buck, add a few drops of lavender oil to your flower vases. This will widen the proximity of the smell throughout the house, keeping the spiders at bay.


Spiders generally do whatever it takes to get away from lemons, as well as other strong, citrusy smells. Take this opportunity to use lemon-scented floor cleaner, hand soap, dish soap, etc. to keep them away.

For a completely natural approach, dry some lemon peels, crush them into a powder, and put it in water for a homemade, spider-repelling spray.


Add vinegar to the list of strong-smelling liquids spiders hate. Use this to your advantage by creating a mixture of one cup vinegar and two cups water. Spray this spider-banishing liquid around all entryways and exits, as well as windows and holes/cracks in the walls.


Although humans love salt, spiders don’t – in fact, it kills them if they eat it. That’s why it’s a great idea to add salt and water to a spray bottle.  Spray this mixture anywhere you’ve seen spiders come and go. Don’t forget about the vents!

Tomato Leaves

Pick a few leaves off a tomato plant, and throw them in some water. Add the mixture to a spray bottle, and spray the concoction throughout your home. This will make an effective repellant for the ugly creatures.

Pro Tip: Store the bottle in the fridge while not in use. This will keep the spider-solution effective for weeks on end!

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  1. Did not know any of this. I have searched for a spider defense, and not found much of anything in the stores. This is information worth keeping. One point though, which is not well known either. Spider webs have some anti-bacterial effect. They can be used, i9n a pinch, as a wound dressing. You’ll never see a rotten spider web, think about it. Keep them out, by all means, but they do have some kind of use. Diatomaceous earth is also a good deterrent.

  2. What is a good deterrent for stinkbugs. For the
    past 2 years we’ve been inundated with these
    pesky bugs.

    Was wondering if maybe some of the deterrents
    you mentioned in your spider article would be
    useful with the stinkbugs?

  3. Thank you for sharing. I do not like spiders!! This is good information. God bless ya.

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