Uses for Eucalyptus & Spiders

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Uses for Eucalyptus & Spiders
Repell spiders from your home or yard with eucalyptus. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

People's immediate instinct when they spot a spider is often to stomp it dead---or for those who dare not venture so close, to throw a shoe at it. If you're finding spiders in your home regularly, spraying a chemical insecticide may do the trick. However, those with children and pets at home may prefer a natural remedy to the problem. That's where eucalyptus comes in.

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Definition

Eucalyptus is a type of tree. If you've ever seen a koala bear at a zoo munching on leaves, you've seen eucalyptus. The leaves are commonly dried, and oil is extracted from them to make a wide variety of natural remedies. These eucalyptus products, as well as live eucalyptus, are also often used as natural pest repellents.

Eucalyptus Oil

Make your own repellent spray to keep spiders away using the oil extracted from this plant, which you can purchase in grocery stores and health food or vitamin stores. Simply mix a small amount of the oil in water, shake well and spray where you frequently see spiders. The mixture won't kill spiders, but rather keep them away. Spraying around the perimeter of your home will keep the spiders outside from coming in.

Dry Eucalyptus Leaves

Place dry eucalyptus leaves where you frequently see spiders to repel them. Strategically placing some leaves near doors and windows, which spiders likely use to get into your home, may also help.

Live Eucalyptus

The problem with eucalyptus oil and dry eucalyptus leaves is that they will eventually lose their effectiveness. However, having a live eucalyptus plant in your home can not only provide an oxygen-rich environment and an aesthetic element, it will provide continuous repelling action against spiders in your home. Likewise, if your yard is overrun with spiders, planting a couple of eucalyptus trees in the space could solve the problem forever.

Consideration

While you may not want spiders in your home or yard, remember that spiders keep insect populations in check. Thus, without the spiders you so hate, you might find yourself swatting away at flies and mosquitoes a lot more often.

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