When I was sitting in college classes, I never really thought I’d write about essential oils as a grown man. I was telling Jason about this little hack earlier today and he started playfully busting my chops about it… but it works! Hang in there with me and don’t judge me quite yet.
When my wife and I got married, we got all kinds of random wedding presents and one of those was a small box of essential oils; apparently that’s what you buy for newly married people. I did not know what they were and I figured they’d get shoved into a drawer somewhere to be found a decade or two later. Not to sound unappreciative but it kind of hit me out of left field.
But a month or two ago, I got on Amazon and started searching “spider repellant” and oddly enough, all of the products with a billion 5-star reviews were all the same… peppermint oil spray. But these folks wanted upwards of $20 for a 20-ounce bottle. I didn’t just fall off of a turnip truck. I’m not paying that kind of money for a bottle of peppermint spray.
So heck, I asked my wife where we put that essential oil stuff and I made my own. I put roughly 25 ounces of water into a clean spray bottle and dropped about 75 drops of peppermint essential oil into it. I closed the bottle and shook the heck out of it. It took me about three minutes and cost me almost zero dollars.
I went out to my shop and started spraying it on my carpet, underneath my console, in my compartments and between my seats. It was insane to see how many tiny spiders started jumping ship and getting out of my boat. I was immediately sold.
Spiders essentially walk on their tiptoes and they also don’t clean themselves, so the quarterly treatments from your pest control guy don’t always have much affect on them. From what I’ve read, the strong scent of peppermint screws up their ability to smell and hunt, which makes them immediately vacate an area where this scent has been sprayed.
In addition to repelling spiders, I’ve also had a lot of luck using this spray to repel chipmunks which can absolutely wreak havoc on boat tow vehicles and boats; they’ll chew the heck out of wires if you let ’em. We have a pile of chipmunks and squirrels on our property, so I’ll also use this spray inside the fender wells of my truck. I used to see chipmunks hop on top of my tires and into my engine well but since I’ve used this spray on my tow vehicle, I haven’t seen a single critter within 15 feet of my truck.