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How to Keep Spiders Away While Sleeping (Get Rid of Spiders in Bed)

How to keep spiders away while sleeping? How to get rid of spiders in your bed? Fortunately, there are many cheap and easy ways to keep them out of your bed. The best ones are ultrasonic pest repeller, 100% pure peppermint oil, cinnamon, and vinegar.

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Our favorite method is ultrasonic pest repeller. It will keep away not only spiders but all insects and even mice and rats. And it’s a no-mess solution. We recommend the highly-rated Neatmaster Dual Microchip pest repeller.

If you decide to go for peppermint oil instead, be sure to ONLY use the 100% pure peppermint oil or else it will have no effect. We recommend Pure Body Naturals.

In addition, avoid eating in your bed and wash your sheets regularly, this will make your bed unattractive to any spider or other insects. To prevent spiders from entering your room you can use a door sweep.

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How to keep spiders away while sleeping

Spiders are such scary creatures, right? Well, not all of us are scared of spiders but as previously mentioned, these are things you wouldn’t want to see on your bed. However, you can’t just be in your room the whole day trying to keep them off of your bed. You have other things to take care of, right? With that being said, below are a few tips you can use to keep these creatures off your bed.

1. Use an electronic pest repeller

Electronic pest repellers are easy to use repellers that you simply just plug into the wall.

Electronic pest repellers repel insects, spiders, rodents, mice and the list goes on.

These affordable pest repellers use ultrasonic and electromagnetic waves to drive away pests.

Not only are these electronic repellers effective, they feature a big coverage area and they are also safe to use if you have pets or kids in the house.    

2. Use 100% pure peppermint oil

Some people might be wondering, does this actually work?

Yes it does!

If you are someone that freaks out each time you see a spider, peppermint oil will become your new best friend.

Peppermint oil has always been considered a natural insecticide thus it is an advantage to use it because as you can see, it repels away more than just insects.

Using peppermint oil is a great idea since it is dangerous to use chemical pesticides where you sleep.

All you have to do is mix the peppermint with a small amount of water in a plastic spraying bottle then spray the solution around your bed or where the spiders like to hide.

3. Avoid eating in your bed

If you don’t want these tiny uninvited guests in your bed, then you should consider keeping food off your bed. Unless you are really sick, make sure that all of the food remains in the kitchen.

Taking midnight snacks to your bed will always leave crumbs and other food debris on your bed sheets. This will attract insects which in turn attracts spiders that feed on them. It’s best to keep your food in the kitchen.

4. Wash the sheets on the regular

Well, now that you don’t eat on your bed, it doesn’t mean that your bed sheets won’t be getting dirty. You still need to do laundry on a weekly basis and don’t forget to use essential oils like the tea tree oil in your laundry detergent.

Washing your sheets is important because you might be sleeping in a sheet full of dead skin cells, the grime and dirt from your dirty clothes, moisture from your sweat among other things.

All these mixed with a few debris or dust particles can invite pests into your bed and once they start to crawl around, the spiders will also show up to pray on the insects. This is why you need to ensure that you wash your sheets regularly.

5. Avoid putting stuff under your bed

If you have a habit of putting things under your bed i.e. boxes, shoes or just anything else, you will be making a perfect place for spiders to hide and most probably find their way to your bed. This clearly shows it is a bad idea to keep things under your bed.

6. Watch the distance or raise your bed

You need to make sure that your bed is not placed against a wall with no headboard, also don’t push your bed into the corner. This will make it easy for the spiders to get to your bed from the cracks in the wall.

In addition, bed risers can also be used to lift your bed off of the ground. Spiders will have a difficult time to climb up onto an elevated bed. Be sure to use bed risers that are sleek so that spiders won’t be able to climb up onto them. I personally like these ones here and so do many other people as you can see from the reviews.

A slightly elevated bed will also ensure that spiders don’t nest under your bed.

7. Use Vinegar as an insecticide  

Vinegar contains acetic acid, it is believed that this is the ingredient in vinegar that kills spiders. Vinegar can be mixed with water and sprayed onto spiders as one would normally do with insecticide.

This is a great option if you are looking for a late night diy insecticide that is both effective and safe to use around kids and animals.  

8. Citrus candles

Spiders don’t enjoy the smell of citrus.

A great way to deter spiders and other insects is to burn citrus-scented candles in your bedroom.

Not only will a candle help you get rid of any unwanted spiders, but it will also help you get rid of any unpleasant odors in your house.

9. Door sweep

Spiders and insects can enter your home in a variety of different places.

Small gaps under your exterior doors are very popular entry points for spiders to enter through.

This is a very easy to fix problem. With the help of a door sweep, you will be able to keep out unwanted spiders and bugs from entering your home.

Doors sweeps do more than just keep bugs out, they also keep out unwanted cold or hot air depending on the season. If you use an air conditioner in your home a door sweep will assist with the efficiency of it and in return your utility bill will also be lower.

This adhesive silicone door sweep is affordable, easy to apply and very effective. If you are serious about keeping both the bugs and the unwanted hot or cold air out then look no further.

10. Use essential oils

We know that peppermint oil is an efficient spider deterrent, but there are other essential oils that also deter spiders and other insects. Below is a list of essential oils that you can use in your fight against spiders.

Simply mix a few drops of the oil with water and spray it on your bedding and in areas where spiders would want to hide.

It is also a great idea to add a few drops of one or more than one of these essential oils to your laundry detergent whenever you are washing your sheets.  

  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus

11. Exterminator

If all else fails then it might be time to call in the big guns. Sometimes we try everything from essential oils to doors sweeps and everything in between but nothing seems to work. Getting an exterminator in to come and clean your house is an option but it will be expensive, only go this route if there really is no better way.

What attracts spiders in your house?

Now that we know how to deal with a spider in your bedroom or in your house let’s take a closer look at why they are there in the first place. Primarily, spiders are attracted to the insects around or in your house as they depend on them for food. But there are also some other things that could attract them to your house. They include:

  • Domestic waste
  • Stationary water outside the house
  • Fruit that isn’t in the refrigerator  
  • Warmth
  • A cluttered backyard
  • Boxes from moving can also bring spiders into your home

As you can see, these are simple things to manage. Make sure that your doors and windows are sealed properly, especially when you aren’t there, and most importantly make sure that you keep your house clean at all times.

What do spiders hate?

Keeping spiders off your room is actually very simple if you know the right things to do. For you to win this war, you don’t necessarily have to fight the spiders. Sometimes you only need to use what they hate against them. These include the following;

  • Orange peels
  • All-natural spider repellent spraying
  • White vinegar
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Turmeric
  • Onions

What essential oils keep spiders away?

If you have no idea about what you are supposed to do to get the spiders away from your bed, you can simply use some essential oils and keep your bedroom free of spiders. The following are some essential oils that you can use to make great spider repellents.

  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Citronella
  • Garlic

What are spiders afraid of?

Because of their size, spiders usually have a lot of enemies. This includes large animals like lizards, toads, monkeys, and even birds. Other small animals like ticks also depend on them for food.

Another thing that usually scares the spiders is the spider-wasp which usually paralyzes them and use them as food for their growing young ones.

Spiders are also afraid of humans as they usually know meeting with one might mean getting stepped on or getting killed using pesticides.

Do spiders crawl on you while you sleep?

Well, of course, you will be terrified if you think about spiders crawling on you while you are sleeping, especially if you are scared of spiders.

But before you go into a panic there are a lot of myths that have done the rounds about spiders that crawl on you when you are sleeping and sometimes one might even find its way to your mouth if you leave it wide open when you sleep.

Keep the following in mind since there is always some truth in every lie, if a spider can get onto your bed then there is most definitely a chance that they can get to you when you are sleeping.

How to keep spiders away with peppermint oil

Making a peppermint spray is simple, you only need to have the oil and a spray bottle of about 16 ounces. Place about 4 to 6 drops of the peppermint oil in the bottle and fill it with water.

You can then add a small amount of dish soap and shake the bottle for the solution to mix properly. Proceed by applying the spray to places where the spiders are likely to be including your windows and doors. This will help to keep the crawlies away.

Why do spiders hate peppermint?

People only hate what they don’t like, right? This is the same for spiders. The peppermint oil makes them uncomfortable and it thus has the ability to keep them away.


Above we took a look at how to get rid of spiders and how these unwanted creepy visitors might enter your house or your bedroom. Below we will answer some FAQ’ about spiders, if your question isn’t here or if you are still looking for an answer please don’t hesitate to leave your comment in the comments section below.

What does vinegar do to spiders?

It simply kills them. Although it is harmless to us humans, it contains an acetic acid which is always highly volatile to the spiders. You only need to mix a small amount and spray the solution on the spider.

Which plants keep spiders away?

If you are in a war, you will need to fight your enemy with everything you’ve got, right? Well, in this situation, the enemy is the spiders and that’s why you need to be ready with everything including the following plants since they can help to keep away the spiders. They include; Eucalyptus, Lavender, Onion, and Mint among others.

Will cinnamon keep spiders away?

Yes, it will. This is because the spiders usually hate its smell thus keeping them at a distance. Cinnamon doesn’t only repel away spiders but it also helps in keeping away other dangerous insects as well.

How many spiders do you swallow in your sleep?

None. This is usually just a myth that people like telling others in order to scare them about sleeping with their mouths wide open. Or you can use it as a scare tactic for those that never clean their room.

Why spiders are good in a house

They help in keeping away other pests and insects by praying on them.


So, how to get rid of spiders in your bed?

See? It’s not that hard to keep spiders away while sleeping.

Just plug in an ultrasonic pest repeller and it will keep spiders out of your bedroom and far away from your house too. 

Sleep tight. Don’t let the spiders bite!

7 thoughts on “How to Keep Spiders Away While Sleeping (Get Rid of Spiders in Bed)”

  1. hello ,i was in santorini a few weeks ago ,im a 73 years young female who as never been bitten ,however i was bitten 2 nights running with a very fast running huge furry legged spider it was a redish brown colour .it bit me in my privete parts 3 times the dreadful thing drew blood from me i wasnt ill nor was there any marks i caught the thing in my bed and killed it …in my own sm home i thought i saw a transparent spider run accross my bedroom ceiling ?several months ago …the dam thing was in my pillow in my bed ,i saw it did not bite me ,i tried to catch it to no avail im now scared to sleep in my spotless bed ,,i only have one bedroom so i have been sleeping on a chair ,it breaks my heart ,i will have to try some of your tips to get re of it …… x

  2. Make a spray with vinegar, peppermint, and water and spray it in your floor returns as well as on your carpets. It helps.

  3. Terrified of spiders ,we live in an old cottage and had lots of big spiders lately ,I wake up at night thinking there in the room .how can I repel them please .

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