Sleeping is an essential need of humans. Without a good sleep, our body will malfunction, making all organs inside bear the brunt of a possible breakdown.
Spiders, except for the one with venom, are mostly harmless. However, you probably do not want to sleep with this uninvited eight-leg guest. And there is nothing creepier than the thought that a spider crawls on you when you sleep. Eww!
Luckily, in this article, we will get deep into how to keep spiders away while sleeping and, in turn, take back a good sleep.
Table of Contents
- Why Are There Spiders In Your Home?
- How To Keep Spiders Away While Sleeping?
- Close Possible Ways To Get Into Your Home
- Do Household Chores Regularly
- Applying Natural Methods
- Applying Chemical Methods
- Applying Technological Methods
- Change Your Habits
- Hire An Exterminator.
- In A Nutshell
Why Are There Spiders In Your Home?
People often say that “Prevention is better than cure,” which is why it is crucial to understand how these spiders sneak in your home to prevent them.
Well, spiders generally are attracted to your sweet home when they hide from insects that feed on them. But many causes are explaining why your home becomes a host for spiders, such as:
- Fruit and food outside the refrigerator
- Home garbage
- Stagnant water
- Messy, unattended garden
- High humidity in garages or basements
- Dirty storage boxes
- Piles of old newspapers, paper, and magazines
- Cracked walls or holes around pipes, windows, and doors
- Water leakage in the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- Too many plants inside your house
These factors partly contribute to the appearance of spiders inside your home. However, if the places are unattended by humans, these places are likely to attract spiders.
How To Keep Spiders Away While Sleeping?
By applying these methods below, you will get the results in just a blink of an eye. Let’s check it out.
Close Possible Ways To Get Into Your Home
Sounds easy peasy, right? Well, to prevent any types of insects from sneaking into your home, of course, you need to shut down all the entrances, including doors, keyholes, air vents, and windows,
Pay Attention To Doors And Under The Doors.
The door, perhaps, is a giant entrance that spiders can enter your home. So make sure that you close the doors when they are not used. Moreover, the gap between doors and floor is just right for the unwanted guests. So, remember to seal the gap between the door and the floor with a filler strip or a door sweep.
A door sweep, as easily attached to the door, is feasible to apply and works properly. If you don’t have one, it is easy to purchase a door sweep as it is not expensive and available in most households or convenience stores. Not just serving as a frontline barrier against bugs and insects, door sweeps also make the room warmer by keeping cold air out. So, what are you waiting for?
Don’t Forget Your Window.
The second way that spiders can intrude your place is through the windows. So, it is essential to keep your windows firmly closed, mostly when you reside on the lower floor or near a bushy garden.
If you go to sleep leaving the windows open, you welcome uninvited roommates for a midnight visit. They can be mice, snakes, bats, not just spiders.
Do Household Chores Regularly
An untidy house can be an ideal place for insects and bugs to live and produce offspring. So, cleaning your room daily is essential if you want to get away from insects and bugs.
Wash The Sheets
The first thing you should do is to change your bed sheets regularly. As clean as they might seem, the bedsheets you are using are full of tiny insanitary stuff. As you might know, the ideal routine to have your bed sheets washed is a week.
As said, you can clean your bed sheets weekly and add some kind of essential oils, such as tea tree oil, rose oil, coconut oil, in your laundry detergent, which serve as a natural insect repellent.
Washing the bed sheets regularly is also helpful not only because it is about hygienic traits but also because scary bugs keep their distance.
Moreover, you leave dead skin cells on the bedsheets as you sleep. While you will not know their existence because they are microscopic, these dead cells will amass, along with dirt, and attract many bugs that feed on dead skin.
Like most insects are pulled to dark and covered areas, our eight-legged friends love hiding in the dust. As a result, an effective way to cast away spiders (and other tiny creatures like cockroaches, ants) is to keep your house as clean as possible, starting with a daily vacuuming routine.
While vacuuming, a special note to bear in mind is to clean those hard-to-reach corners because these places are a kind of spider homestay – a place unattended by humans.
Don’t Forget The Under-bed Space.
I know you sometimes forget to clean the area under your bed. Me too. We have all been there. That is because we often deceive ourselves into thinking a clean bed comes with a clean under-bed place. But the truth is not what we believe.
Many of us have a habit of making the under-bed space a storage for keeping dirty shoes, piles of dirty clothes, and other unsanitary personal stuff.
Keeping the area under your bed clean is very important because even when the other bedroom spaces are clean, low attention to space below the bed can backfire drastically.
As discussed before, spiders love to hide under unclean beds, which give them an easy way to climb on you in the middle of the night. Ew. You would not want to wake up next to a gross eight-legged accompany crawling on your area, would you?
Clean The Areas Outside Your Home
Cleaning the interior areas regularly, as said, is necessary to get rid of spiders. However, if you own a garden near your home, you can not miss clearing all the bushes.
Let’s start with decorative flora, such as potted plants and flowers. These kinds of plants should always be cut weekly and kept neat to prevent outgrowing, serving as a hangout for spiders and other crawling animals. Moreover, any trees or flowers that go up the house walls should also be trimmed without hesitation.
Additionally, you should keep your garden free from weeds to prevent many insects from spoiling your home.
Applying Natural Methods
As we might know, peppermint oil is very efficient in blocking spiders out of your sight. Luckily, peppermint oil is natural, hence 100% safe with zero chemicals, potentially harming you when you breathe in.
When it comes to peppermint oil, almost everyone mixes this oil with water and puts the mixture in a plastic spray to spray all corners in the home where spiders may hang out. Peppermint oil’s effectiveness lies in its dense formula that even a drop of peppermint oil across the width and length of your bed can keep spiders away for days.
Other Essential Oils
If peppermint oils are not available, you can turn to other essential oils that can be similarly effective in keeping spiders in the distance. These oils can be mixed with water, and then, with the help of an electronic diffuser, the smell can circulate throughout the rooms all day long.
Besides, these essential oils can also be used as a spray in the room like peppermint oil spray. Alternatively, you can use cotton balls to absorb your beloved oils and position them in some hard-to-reach areas in the room, around the exit and entrance like the main door, windows,
By doing this, you can keep spiders and other bugs away while sleeping. The following list contains some popular essential oils available today including:
- Rose Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Jasmine Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Tea tree Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Cedar Oil Essential Oil
- Chamomile Essential Oil
Get A Dog Or A Cat
If you are looking for a pet that can give the feeling of security, why not just get a dog or a cat?
Your pet friend is the perfect remedy to scare spiders away owing to their sharp instincts. They can detect the insects from a far distance and will be so eager to find, follow, and eliminate them.
Also, felines can watch other insects as well as rodents such as mice and rats.
Applying Chemical Methods
Besides applying natural substances to cast away spiders, You can turn to other stronger chemical sprays. You can pay a visit to Amazon to see what spider killer sprays are available.
Whatever types of spider killer spray you choose, you should care about the scent, the killing effectiveness, and possible stain on furniture. First of all, the smell should be pleasant. It means that you are entirely comfortable when entering a room that has just been sprayed.
Moreover, you should consider the killing effectiveness, which mainly focuses on whether spiders are killed immediately or a few hours after coming into contact with the spray.
Last but not least, you should care about the stain that spray could leave on your household appliances and furniture.
Applying Technological Methods
Suppose the two previous methods are not available for you. You probably should try electronic ultrasonic pest repellent.
Well, the whole idea behind this kind of device lies in the way it generates ultrasound frequencies- something that spiders are afraid of. Moreover, as they are inaudible, these sounds will not interrupt your sleep and your pet’s sleep (the kinds that are welcome in your home).
Luckily, not only are these repellers designed to cast spiders away, but they can also eliminate other kinds of insects and bugs, such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, and flies. Moreover, electronic pest repellers combine ultrasonic with electromagnetic waves to make rodents like mice and rats stay away from your rooms.
Change Your Habits
Your habits have a significant influence on whether you are inviting spiders to your home or not. By adjusting a little bit of your lifestyle, you can say goodbye to insects for good.
Do Not Eat In Bed
What a perfect way to let your hair down than lying on your bed eating fish and chips and binge-watching series on Netflix? But hold on a second! Before you take another bite of the next chip, imagine how attractive your bed would be as you left crumbs on it.
What you leave behind indeed pulls ants, or in the most unwanted cases- their scary predators.
So, never bring food on your bed; rather, cook and enjoy your kitchen meals. And more importantly, cut down on your consumption of fast food as, in a nutritious perspective, they are not good at all.
Turn Off Your Lights
Lights do not attract spiders directly. However, they do get the attention of various nocturnal insects such as flies, tree bugs, and many kinds of mosquito. These insects make up a delicious feast for spiders, and hence, do attract spiders.
By turning off your lights after the sun sets, you can prevent this situation from happening.
Say “ No” To Floor Sleeping.
As you have read somewhere, sleeping on the floor may give you a lot of health benefits, such as cooler air in the summer or pressure point relief; however, lying down on the floor will increase the chance spiders crawl around you while you are sleeping. That is why experts suggest that you sleep on the bed or any raised foundations possible such as a sofa.
A conventional bed or a raised foundation can not guarantee that you are entirely away from spiders. But sleeping on something higher than the floor can make your sleeping surface difficult for anything to climb on.
Hire An Exterminator.
Suppose you have applied many methods to get rid of spiders but come up with nothing. An exterminator will be helpful.
Professional exterminators may design an effective plan to deal with many kinds of insect problems you confront. So, that is their job. However, you should bear in mind the following things.
First of all, you have to pay them an amount of money( several dollars or more) to start the “ terminator” plan.
Furthermore, some exterminators might use chemicals to clear insect populations that might not be environmentally-friendly.
In A Nutshell
Hopefully, this article has provided you with useful information on how to keep spiders away while sleeping. In short, you should combine these methods to draw the best result.
Just remember to use the natural ways in advance before applying any further remedy.
Thanks for reading!