If you saw my Facebook update last week you know that I've had a few issues with spiders and ear wigs lately. When we first moved into our home two years ago, I sprayed the inside and outside of our home with peppermint, and then just to be safe I sprayed an extra layer of chemical that I got at the grocery store (probably a very bad idea). I never saw spiders though. Ever.
The barrier must have worn off though because I saw one several months ago, and now it seems they have invited all their friends, aunts, and cousins to join them. I felt something crawl on my arm when I was nursing in bed the other night and then I couldn't find it. Which of course led to paranoia the rest of the night.
And if that weren't enough, the ear wigs seemed to have got wind of the celebration and invited themselves right along. And they are partying die hards. I smashed one repeatedly the other day and it just kept living. And living.
It's time to rain on their parade. They creep me out. I'm not a violent person, but it's time for them to die.
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Several of you responded to my Facebook rant about ear wigs, and even suggested getting my home sprayed. I didn't realize that the chemicals were safe to be inside the house with. I told my husband it was time to make the call. And then I told my sister what we were doing, and I'm so glad I did. Because I'm about to bless your life with the secret that she gave me.
She said her neighbor used to work pest control and offered to just come do it for them one day. As he finished up, she asked him more about the pesticide he used. And here's the GOLDEN TICKET: He said, “My company always bought it on Amazon, and to be honest…you save SO much money doing it yourself because the pesticide comes concentrated and we water it down.” So, buy buying it yourself, you pay almost half the amount you would pay the professionals to come do it ONCE, and it will last FOR THREE YEARS! Here is a review that explains this in full. It's called Cy-Kick.
I was even more thrilled when I looked it up because it has AMAZING reviews. This is the exact same stuff that my sister has been paying the professionals to use. And yet she continued to pay the $75 because it was the only way she could get rid of her ant problem. And the spiders never came around anymore. Now she does it herself.
Here is a pest control site that reviews this product. If you decide to go this route, I would read a few reviews to find out the best tips. There are a few reviews that tell you all you need to know (written by those that used to do it as a business).
So that's route number one. use Cy-Kick. I've titled this article how to kill spiders, but if you're not one to kill spiders and bugs, and you don't want to use an insecticide, I've heard that the following 2 products work really well (but not near as well as Cy-Kick) for keeping spiders from coming in:
2. Spray peppermint soap along the exterior and interior of the home. I've heard peppermint oil works great too. Spiders hate the smell of peppermint.
3. DoTerra's TerraShield. I have friends who say they use TerraShield for spiders, and as an insect repellent. Seems like a more expensive way to go than the peppermint soap, but it's safe for babies and pregnant mothers, so this is probably one I would use while camping.
What Do You Use to Kill Spiders and Other Pests?