Daddy long legs: How to make your own peppermint spray to prevent infestations
DADDY long legs are invading homes across the UK right now and you may have noticed a few darting around yourself – but how can you keep them from flocking to your home? Here’s how to make your very own preventative peppermint spray to ward off unwanted daddy long legs infestations.
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There’s no shortage of old-wive’s tales about how to keep spiders and other common household ‘pests’ out of your home, but how many of them actually work?
While many of them, including placing chestnuts around your home, have been debunked, essential oils seem to be a useful solution when it comes to daddy long legs.
This natural and fresh-scented repellent is a great alternative to harsh-chemical sprays and is a lot kinder to them.
The jury is still out as to why this works so well, but it has been suggested that the strong odour of this minty-aroma is rather uninviting when it comes to daddy long legs, flies and spiders.
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Daddy long legs: How to make your own peppermint spray to prevent infestations (Image: GETTY)
Daddy long legs: Peppermint spray will prevent infestations by repelling bugs through its aroma (Image: GETTY)
Why it works
Peppermint spray works wonders for keeping the corners of your home clear from daddy long legs.
While it shouldn’t be used to kill them, it is the perfect preventative treatment which happens to smell rather nice.
Daddy long legs, also known as granddaddy long legs or harvestmen are known for their sensitive legs.
They use their long spindly limbs to smell, taste and touch, so crawling across a minty surface is bound to give them a fright.
Daddy long legs: There are an estimated two billion of these in the UK right now (Image: GETTY)
How to make peppermint spray
Making your own essential oil spray is very easy and requires just a couple of tools and ingredients.
- Empty spray bottle
- Unscented dish soap
- Distilled water
- Pure peppermint essential oil
Mix five to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil into a jug with a quarter of a teaspoon of your plain dish soap.
You’ll need distilled water for this so as not to dilute the scent of the peppermint oil.
Either buy distilled water from a shop or read on to find out how to make your own.
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Daddy long legs: Peppermint is thought to repel bugs because of its strong scent (Image: GETTY)
Add 12 fluid ounces of distilled water to the jug and mix together before decanting into the spray bottle.
Spray the areas where you most frequently notice daddy long legs visiting.
They often hide in the corner of a room – either on the ceiling or on the floor so check the angles of your wall daily to find their hotspots.
- Give the bottle a shake before spraying to release the minty fragrance.
- Spray frequently on the affected areas to keep daddy long legs at bay.
How to distil water
Fill a large pot with water and add a small bowl which can float at the top to collect dripping water vapour from the centre of the pan lid.
Set the pot lid upside down on the main pot so it funnels water into the floating bowl.
Leave the pan on a high heat until it boils, adding ice cubes to the lid of the pan to condense into water droplets.
Turn off the heat and carefully collect the condensed water ready to add to your peppermint spray solution.