Top 5 Best Spider Repellents (**2021 Review**)

If Charlotte's Web touched your heart and you don't want to kill spiders, but don't want them in the house with you either, you've come to the right place!

In this Pest Strategies product review you can expect to learn:

  • If ultrasonic repellers work or not with spiders
  • Using essential oils as repellents for spiders
  • Natural & DIY repellents found in nature
  • And man-made repellents that mimic them
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Off Deep Woods Insect Repellent
Its got a proven track record since 1946, with an active ingredient, DEET, that was developed and approved by the U.S. Army.
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  • Easy to use
  • Works good
  • Safe for children
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Off Deep Woods Insect Repellent
  • Easy to use
  • Works good
  • Safe for children
  • Easy to use
  • Works good
  • Safe for children
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Cy-kick CS
  • This product has repellent like qualities.
  • Cy-kicks also kills spiders.
  • This product will last most homeowners for more than a year.
  • This product has repellent like qualities.
  • Cy-kicks also kills spiders.
  • This product will last most homeowners for more than a year. /span>
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Essentria IC3
  • 8 hour protection
  • ​Professional grade insecticide
  • ​Contains all natural essential oils
  • 8 hour protection
  • ​Professional grade insecticide
  • ​Contains all natural essential oils
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BorActin
  • This product can last up to 10 years.
  • Pest-control and repellent all in one.
  • This product bypasses the spiders' natural defenses against pesticides.
  • This product can last up to 10 years.
  • Pest-control and repellent all in one.
  • This product bypasses the spiders' natural defenses against pesticides.
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Bell Howell Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
  • ​Fast and effective
  • ​Helps repel other pests such as mice and cockroaches
  • ​Easy to install
  • ​Fast and effective
  • ​Helps repel other pests such as mice and cockroaches
  • ​Easy to install
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Our Overall #1 Rated Pick

Updated as of May 9th, 2021

  • Easy to use
  • Works good
  • Safe for children
  • Lasts for up to eight hours

Of all the spider repellents we researched and reviewed, our top pick goes to OFF!

Why?

Its got a proven track record since 1946, with an active ingredient, DEET, that was developed and approved by the U.S. Army.

It keeps bugs and spiders away from you for up to eight hours and won't come off just because you get a little sweaty during the day.

In addition to repellents, we really like traps as well for spider problems in your house. Namely the the Bell Labs glue trap. Just place a few in dark/damp areas around your home and you should start catching a bunch of spiders. 

Click here for more information about spider traps.

If you want to actually kill the spiders around your house, we recommend the BorActin. Grab a pump sprayer and apply in common spider harborage areas.  Keep it away from areas where pets and children's frequent.

Click here for more information about spider sprays.

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Rating: 97.50

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Rating: 97.00

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Top 5 Best Spider Repellents

Are you short on time?  Or just want a quick answer?

Take a gander at our summary list of spider repellents below.   Then keep on reading to learn all the nitty-gritty of each one.

  1. Off Deep Woods Insect Repellent (seriously keeps the insects away from you!) 
  2. Cy-kick CS
  3. Essentria IC3 (safe and effective around schools)
  4. BorActin (to kill spiders)
  5. Bell Howell Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Work on Spiders?

That's a definite maybe.

Honestly, it depends on who you ask.  If you ask the manufacturers, naturally they'll say yes. Unfortunately, all the available scientific research we could find says no.

Anecdotal evidence from people who've used them says, maybe.  Some claim it worked perfectly while others hate them so much they use them for target practice. Again, a definite maybe.

Think about it.  Why would someone pay $65-$90 every quarter for the bug man to come to spray their house for bugs if they could spend a few bucks, one time , on an electronic gizmo to take their place? They wouldn't.

But in the interest of fairness, we'll review one of the more popular models for you and let you decide for yourself.

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Which Spider Repellents Actually Work?

There are several repellents that work to repel and/or kill spiders and other insects.  Some of them are applied to our skin, while others are used around windows, doors, baseboards, and traditional “crack and crevice” applications.

We'll look at them individually.

Sprays and Essential Oil Spider Repellents

There are sprays and oils that can be applied to the skin to protect us from encroaching insects.  Some are man-made while others are natural oils and extracts from plants, grasses, flowers, and trees. 

Neem is an example of a repellent pesticide made the seeds of the neem tree. In India, the neem tree is called “the village pharmacy” because it has a wide number of medicinal uses in addition to its ability to repel insects.

Read more: Click here to learn more about Neem Oil.

Essential oils have long been known, and used, to repel a wide variety of insects, including spiders.  

In much of the Third World, they are still the only repellent available to keep homes, businesses, churches, public buildings, and other structures free of bugs. After Neem, Lemon, Cedar, and Citronella are some of the most popular and effective oils.

Read more: Click here to learn more about Citronella Oil.

Chemical Spider Repellents

DEET is a man-made chemical developed in 1946 by the U.S. Army to protect soldiers from mosquitoes carrying malaria.  

From there it spread to the commercial world of spray-on insect repellents. The interesting thing about DEET is, no one knows how it actually works.

Research has shown it doesn't repel insects so much as confuse them.  The odor masks the chemicals our bodies naturally release, which draw insects to us.

With those chemicals masked, or hidden, the insects are unable to find us. Treating your house with DEET wouldn't keep spiders out because they're foraging for food when they come in, rather than looking for you.

Read more: Click here to learn more about DEET.

One of the main alternatives to DEET is Picaridin.  Picaridin is the active ingredient in a large number of spray-on insect repellents, products which so many sportsmen have grown to know and love.

Insecticides in the pyrethroid family are man-made versions of a naturally occurring group of chemicals called pyrethrins, which are found in chrysanthemum flowers

Pyrethroids have a natural ability to repel insects.  If insects, including spiders, persist in spite of that, the pyrethroids will kill the insects if they approach and come in contact with them.

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Are There Any Spider Repelling Plants?

Uh . . . kinda sorta.  Perhaps, “Yes, but” would be a better way of saying it.

“Hedge apple” trees, native to Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, are prized for their wood by the native American Indian tribes in the vicinity.  Their green, grapefruit-sized “fruit” is inedible but legends abound concerning its ability to repel insects, particularly spiders.

In small, enclosed area, slices of hedge apples do repel some insects – at least until the fruit dries out.  But in larger areas, or around the outside of buildings, their insect repelling odor dissipates so quickly and easily it doesn't have a chance of doing anything.

In small, confined spaces, slices of fresh fruit laid out every 6-10 inches would form an effective barrier.  It would probably need to be replaced at least once a day to maintain its effectiveness.

The video below will give you tips on how to spider-proof your home.

Spider Repellents We Reviewed

As a recap, here are the 5 spider repellents we looked.  Our #1 pick goes to OFF Deep Woods! However, the Stay Away Spiders Repellent Scent Pouches finishes a close second simply because it's a good choice for those who want to protect more than just their own body.

Some of these are insecticides that you should be careful handling.  They're not intended to harm people, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

  • Easy to use
  • Works good
  • Safe for children
  • Lasts for up to eight hours

This is a well-known product for keeping bugs away from you personally. The active ingredient is 25% DEET and it will normally provide you with around eight hours of protection.  

The repellent is not waterproof but normal perspiration doesn't seem to affect its efficacy.  Heavy perspiration during a workout would probably wash a lot of it away though.

You'll definitely need to reapply it after swimming, showering, or bathing.  All of these activities will wash it away, so you'll have to respray yourself after you're dry again in order to maintain maximum effectiveness.

OFF! has an excellent track record of providing high level protection, especially against biting and stinging insects.  However, due to its mode of action, it has essentially zero effectiveness at repelling insects and spiders from houses or vehicles.

Obviously, it's pretty simple to use. You just spray it on yourself.  Hold the can 6-8 inches away and spray lightly over your legs, torso, and body.

You can spray under your chin and around the back of your neck, but avoid spraying it in your ears, eyes, nose, and mouth.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Works good
  • Safe for children
  • Lasts for up to eight hours

Cons

  • Washes off if you get wet
  • Does not repel insects from your house
  • This product has repellent like qualities.
  • Cy-kicks also kills spiders.
  • This product will last most homeowners for more than a year.

If you need a product that has repellent qualities and will kill spiders, then you should check out Cy-Kick CS. This encapsulated pesticide also has repellent qualities to it.

If the spider does decide to cross the area you have treated, it will find that its legs have picked up microcapsules, and when it cleans off the microcapsules, they will go directly into the spider and kill it.

This product's active ingredient is made from chrysanthemum flowers, but it still needs to be used according to the label for not just the best results but also for your safety. Once it is dry, this product has no effect on pets, and in wet or dry forms, it has no smell and doesn't stain the surface you are using it on.

If you use this inside for spiders, you want to use it as a crack and crevice service along the home's floorboards. If you are using it outside, it makes for a great treatment on the home's foundation, around windows, and around doors.

This product us a concentrate, which means you will need to mix it with water, usually at a rate of 1 ounce to 1 gallon. This product creates enough to treat the inside of a home, the garage, and around the base of most homes several times a year.

This product does have one downside, and that is, it will require a sprayer to use, and the applicator should always wear personal protective equipment to make sure they don't come into contact with the product.

Pros

  • This product has repellent like qualities.
  • Cy-kicks also kills spiders.
  • This product will last most homeowners for more than a year.

Cons

  • You need special equipment to apply this properly.
  • You will need to wear personal protective equipment for safety.
  • 8 hour protection
  • Professional grade insecticide
  • Contains all natural essential oils

The active ingredients in this product are a combination of Geraniol, Peppermint Oil, and Rosemary Oil.  There are also some mineral oils and wintergreen oils along with a couple of other inert ingredients to hold it all together.  

In compliance with FIFRA (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act), products such as this are exempted from having to be registered with the EPA, because it uses only natural oils.

This is a dual-purpose insecticide that first tries to repel the target insects before killing them.  The concentrate is mixed with water (read the label for mixing instructions) then applied with a sprayer around windows, doors, eaves, baseboards, crown molding, and traditional “crack and crevice” areas.

Because it's all natural, this product has one big advantage when being used around schools. 

In accordance with the principles of IPM (Integrated Pest Management) protocols, it can be used in and around public schools without the necessity of posting advance notices, clearing students out of the treatment area, or closing off the treatment area for hours after treating it.

The flip side of the coin is that each treatment only lasts for about eight hours.  Furthermore, 32 ounces of concentrate yields only eight gallons of finished, ready-to-use product.  But it does take effect very quickly.

Pros

  • All natural
  • Works quickly
  • Repels before it kills
  • Good for IPM use in schools

Cons

  • Only lasts for 8 hours
  • Low yield from concentrate
  • This product can last up to 10 years.
  • Pest-control and repellent all in one.
  • This product bypasses the spiders' natural defenses against pesticides.

Spiders are naturally resistant to most insecticides. Not because they are not affected by the product but rather because their long legs keep their body and mouth away from the pesticide in question.

This means that the most effective way to get rid of spiders is a nice contact whack with a shoe or a newspaper. 

Seeing how most of the spiders in our home are hidden or come out at night to hunt other pests, the contact whack isn't very efficient. What if there was a way to deliver the effectiveness of whack without you having to be there to drop the shoe?

BorActin's active ingredient is Boric Acid, and Boric Acid is one of the rare pesticides that work really well on spiders. The best way to apply this is to get a bulb duster and load it with BorActin.

You then go around your house and find the little cracks and crevices near the walls and floorboards and softly pump this dust inside. 

This will create little pockets of dust clouds that if the spider wants to come out of the crack they have been using, they have to pass through the cloud.

Many times they will choose not to do that, which gives you the repellent side of things. However, if they choose to push through, the BorActin will get all over their body and kill the spider. 

These clouds of dust can last up to 2 years before they settle, and even then, the dust will still kill insects that crawl over it for another eight years. This easily makes dust formulations one of the longest-lasting pest control methods around.

Pros

  • This product can last up to 10 years.
  • Pest-control and repellent all in one.
  • This product bypasses the spiders' natural defenses against pesticides.

Cons

  • You will need a bulb duster to apply this correctly.
  • Fast and effective
  • Helps repel other pests such as mice and cockroaches

This device has a plug on the back of each unit so it plugs directly into the sockets on the wall.  It comes with an LED indicator light (that is a bit too glaring) to let you know it's working.  

It emits an ultrasonic sound at 20 kHz and up.  Each device can cover a small to mid-sized room, although anything above a 10x10 room should probably have two of them.

Although it seems to have some effect on rats and mice at first, they quickly grow accustomed to it, even to the point of sheltering directly beneath it when they're frightened by some movement in the room. After the first few weeks, it's just another obstacle to maneuver over or around to them.

Against general insects and spiders, there doesn't appear to be any effect at all.  Granted, there aren't any dangerous chemicals (one of their selling points), but what difference does it make if it doesn't do what it claims it will?

These also display an alarming tendency to spontaneously combust – i.e., they overheat and catch on fire.  This is evidence of sloppy construction or poor design or both.

Pros

  • They're small
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Small area of effect
  • Effect soon wears off
  • Doesn't seem to affect insects
  • Some of them spontaneously combust

Our Top Pick: OFF Deep Woods Insect Repellent

There are a lot of different ways on the market to repel spiders - some are good and some aren't.

A number of methods worked equally well at killing spiders as well as repelling them.

Overall, our pick goes to Deep Woods OFF!

It's withstood the test of time, proving itself over and over again for over 70 years!

It does what it claims, each time, every time. You can't ask for more.

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