Stop Making Your Bed Accessible to Spiders

Chances are you’ve heard—or perhaps even repeated—the persistent myth that we ingest an average of eight ( or four , or some other arbitrary number) spiders each year. While this is not true, it is possible that a spider will crawl into your bed at some point during the day or night.

If this bothers you, there are ways to make your bed less attractive to spiders. Here’s what you need to know.

How to make your bed less accessible to spiders

Even in the most tightly sealed homes, there is some way out, whether it’s a small crack in a wall, a patchy seal under a door, or a barely open window. Although tiny, these holes allow spiders, insects, and other bugs to get inside your home, including your bedroom.

Here are a few simple ways to reduce the chance of a spider wandering onto your bed:

Move the bed away from the wall

You don’t need to put your bed in the center of the room, but if your mattress or frame is pushed right up against a wall (or two) or a window, spiders can easily crawl onto your bed. Moving the bed even a few inches away from a wall or window can help.

Also, tuck sheets and any duvets under the mattress rather than letting them hang off the edge of the bed. If they touch the floor, the spiders can use them to get on your bed.

Make a Peppermint Oil Spray

While certain types of essential oils ( cinnamon, tea tree, lemon ) are supposed to repel spiders, ants, and various insects, peppermint oil is generally the most effective. To make your own repellant , fill a clean 16-ounce spray bottle with water, add five drops of peppermint oil, some liquid dish soap and shake.

Spray around the perimeter of the bed frame, under the bed, on the windowsill, and anywhere where spiders can gather.

Keep your room clean

Do not eat in bed or do anything that might attract other insects. The spiders may not want your babies, but there are many other bugs out there and the spiders will eat them. Also, keep the space under your bed as clean as possible. Spiders love to hang out in dark, cluttered places, so vacuuming under the bed and storing things in airtight containers won’t make them very attractive.


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