DIY: Organic.Garden.Bug.Spray.

So you've heard we have some spiders that aren't a force to be reckoned with chillin' out in our garden. John and I went through our options, and decided for our munchkins' sake (Harlow AND the pup) that we should make our own repellant. Some call spiders the most important biological control you can have for pests in your garden, which is all beautiful and everything.. but when it comes to spiders who could seriously cause some heartbreak, I think it's best to make our home as unattractive to them as possible. After doing some research we learned that good housekeeping (dusting webs, filling cracks and spraying things they don't like) will keep them away, which is what we want instead of killing them which only takes care of the problem until you discover another. Side note: I catch flies to let them back outdoors, killing isn't my thing.
More broad research led us to learn spiders taste with their feet, and they don't care for Lemon, Lavender, or Mint, so that's what our spray is made of. I picked up the essential oils and organic soap (to help the oils emulsify) at our local Sprouts. I am recycling an old spray bottle, because well you know, * QUE JACK JOHNSON SONG HERE* reduce reuse recycle! So here's what you'll need to do if you care to make your own.

10 drops of lemon oil
10 drops of lavender oil
10 drops peppermint oil
small squirt of soap (maybe 1 TBSP)
1 cup of water
Shake it up!
Spray it where you feel you need to!
 (careful for wood floors and furniture since its oils)

If you're wondering how well it works then here's your proof..She came right out. And then.. I mustered up some courage and sent her to the after life, and in the words of my sweet friend Courtney "Let's hope she comes back as a puppy!" Can you believe it?? I actually didn't "relocate a bug" for once! 

Creepy yeah? 
I know.. EEEeeekk!



  1. im going to have to make some of that. the organic stuff. i have lavender and citronella plants around to keep the flies an mosquitoes away. works pretty good if you have room in you beautiful garden.

    1. Oh this sounds wonderful! We just planted Lavender.. I'll be on the lookout for citronella. Hopefully the farmer's market will have it this weekend. :) Thanks Laura!