Your bed should feel like a safe haven, so there’s nothing worse than finding a creepy-crawly spider between your sheets.
Not only are spiders a nuisance, but they can also leave you with bites and bumps — and in rare cases, transmit dangerous diseases or cause allergic reactions if they decide to nibble on you.
Prevention is the key to keeping spiders out of your bed, as bugs that create a home in your sheets might also find their way into your mattress, setting up shop and laying eggs that will eventually cause a bigger problem.
Here are seven ways to keep spiders out of your bed:
1. Clean your bedding often. One of the easiest ways to keep bugs out of your bed is to change your bedding often. Spiders can be attracted to the oils, hair and skin cells that settle on your sheets after you’ve slept in them a few days, according to Hawkins Pest Control.
2. Don’t store boxes or anything else under the bed. When you put boxes, shoes, clothing or anything else under your bed, spiders have an easy place to make a home and then find their way into your bedding. According to PestKill.org, if you keep the area underneath your bed clean and free of debris, this keeps critters from setting up camp.
3. Spray your sheets with essential oils. Certain fragrances, especially the potent smells found in essential oils, are repellent and toxic to spiders. Home advice expert Bob Vila suggests using orange, mint, lemon and lavender. Mix several drops of one or all of these essential oils into a spray bottle with water, then spritz your bedding with the solution. Not only will you keep spiders away, but your sheets will smell fresh.
4. Keep your bed away from the wall. If your bed is pushed into a corner or up against a wall with no headboard, spiders will find it easy to find their way into your sheets through cracks in the wall. Keep your bed a slight distance from the wall, and also make sure it’s not touching other furniture or appliances that could be attracting bugs.
5. Don’t eat in bed. While it may be comfortable to nibble on snacks while you’re curled up in the covers, spiders will get comfortable gorging on your crumbs. Keep the food in the kitchen.
6. Clean ceiling lamps or fans. Spiders can easily repel from the ceiling onto your bed. Grab a ladder, and make sure lamps or ceiling fans in your bedroom are clean and clear of dust, dirt and cobwebs.
7. Keep the air dry in your room. Spiders and other bugs thrive in a humid environment, so try purchasing a dehumidifier for your bedroom to keep bugs away.
While the occasional spider may make its way into your bed, follow these steps to ensure you don’t give bugs an easy way to snuggle into your sheets at night.