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Ban Spiders from Your Home with Essential Oils!

 

Put down the lighter and step away from the chemicals! Use essential oils to quickly and effectively BAN spiders from your home!It’s that time of year again, when women all over the country begin burning their houses down to get rid of the spiders.

I jest, of course. Only this guy burned his house down to get rid of the spiders. (Don’t be that guy!) The rest of us just joke about it!

As fall settles in, spiders begin to make their way indoors, looking for a comfy home for the winter. Now, I am a friend of nature. I don’t mind spiders at all–outside. I can even let a few harmless wolf spiders take up residence in areas where I don’t see them inside, as long as they are doing their job and keeping the insect population inside my home at a minimum. But because we live in the woods, every fall it feels like we are literally invaded with mama spiders looking for a warm place to lay their eggs. Um, NO. No, no, NO!

Because spiders DO serve a useful purpose (killing other insects and eating them) I don’t want to kill them. I just want to repel them, and keep them out of my house. I have done a little research and then some experimenting, and found a couple of tried-and-true tricks that will help keep your home spider free!

Eliminate drafts in the home. Where there are spider webs, there is air flow. A energy auditor taught me this one: where they see spiderwebs, they know there is a draft somewhere. Spiders build their webs in the middle of air flow, because they catch more prey. So they seek the source of the draft, and seal it up. Spiders move on to somewhere else!

Use osage apples. Collect osage apples (also known as hedge apples) in the fall and place them along areas where spiders may enter or where you may be seeing spiders. The oils in osage apples are strong repellants of spiders.

Use a mint-citrus spray. My favorite–and most effective tool I’ve found–is to use a citrus-mint spray on surfaces where spiders are likely to enter the home. Spiders have taste buds on their legs, and they are not fond of lemon, orange or peppermint. I make up this spray, and spray it around window sills, door frames and anywhere spiders are likely to congregate. (Click here to find where to buy essential oils that are effective and safe.)  I do this once a week, and the spiders have chosen to stay outside where they belong!

Homemade Natural Spider Repellant

Homemade Natural Spider Repellant

Ingredients

  • 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 1 spray bottle
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions

  1. In the spray bottle mix together the castille soap and essential oils, then add water to fill to the top.
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Spray in areas where spiders are likely to enter your home: window sills, door frames, cracks, etc.
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 This post is in honor of my many cincymom friends who just LOVE spiders. 

Avocado, Cucumber and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

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This. This is what you want to make today.

No really, put that other stuff down. This is it. This is what you want to take to the cookout, to the potluck. It is quick, it is healthy. And it is GOOD.

I am a sucker for avocado. Most mornings I eat half an avocado with my eggs for breakfast. With the runny yolks from the eggs and just a touch of sea salt? OMG, soooo yummy. If you have never thought of the avocado outside of guacamole, let me introduce you to your new food obsession. While perusing Pinterest recently I saw a lot of avocado-based salads. There were lots of different versions popping up on my feed, but I couldn’t make up my mind which one I was going to make. Avocado black bean salad? Avocado, cucumber and feta salad? Avocado corn salad? So I gave up, and just made them all together at once. I looked at all of the dressings, took the common ingredients and made my own.

WINNER!!!!

This is so simple–seriously, less than 15 minutes to throw together. Let it sit for an hour or two in the fridge, and the flavors meld together perfectly. Don’t judge flavor while making it–it takes a bit for the flavor to really come together. You can serve this on its own as a salad, but I found a lot of people prefer it with tortilla chips. The avocado and black beans mean this is full of protein and healthy fats–so it is filling. But the corn and cucumber mean it has lots of veggies too. And the feta? Well, feta just makes everything better, doesn’t it?

 

Cucumber Avocado Feta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Cucumber Avocado Feta Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 package of feta, crumbled
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix together all of the vegetables into a large glass bowl or container.
  2. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sea salt, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Add the cilantro and mix. Pour over the veggie mixture.
  3. 3. Mix the veggies with the dressing, making sure the avocados get coated with the lime dressing, to prevent them from browning.
  4. 4. Add the feta to the bowl and mix.
  5. 5. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour, to allow the flavors to meld.
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That’s it! SUPER easy. But oh, it is sooo good. Don’t skimp on the lime juice–the lime makes everything POP. It isn’t tart or overwhelming, just enough to give it a bit of zing. People will be asking all day “Who made this? What is the recipe?!?” It is great as a snack in the afternoons, too.

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