Goodbye Spiders & Flies

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Say Goodbye to those annoying Spiders & Flies! Here are some easy ways to have less encounters with those scary spiders🕷 and annoying flies🪰!

Spring is finally here (PTL because I’m so sick of the cold!).

Spring & Summer are for sure my favorite times of the year! I love being outside, working in the flower beds and garden, and lounging by the pool. BUT I DO NOT love all of the spiders and flies that come with it.

Last year was the worst for both!

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Here are 2 easy hacks to help keep these pesky creatures away!


I learned this trick last Summer after hearing a co-worker talk about it. She had used bars of Irish Spring soap to keep the flies away. What an easy and inexpensive trick.

Off I ran to our local Dollar General (because they are literally everywhere in the south) to buy a few bars.

Here are 3 different ways you can use the soap:

  1. Place the whole bars in different locations.
  2. Break up the bars and place the pieces in small bags or in different locations.
  3. Using shavings from the bars and again place in bags or in different locations.

Last year I went with the easiest of the 3 and left my bars whole. I hid the bars in various spots such as: behind the welcome sign, old milk jug, in the wooden tool box with my faux roses, and inside a small pot.


Last year I set out to find a repellant for those pesky 8 legged creatures and so many of y’all told me about peppermint essential oil. Thankfully I love peppermint essential oil and I just so happened to have a new bottle of it.

After reading up on all the uses for peppermint oil, I figured out there are even more benefits to it!! They say it’s also great for keeping ants, mice, flies, and fruit flies away.

Ways to use it:

  • Using a spray bottle place 15 drops of peppermint oil in 16 ounces of water. Spray the mixture around your porch in corners, crevices, and around your door jams. You can also use it inside your home, but I am working on porches right now.
  • Or your can apply several drops to a cotton ball and place these in corners.

We started by cleaning the porches. Hubby pressure washed them and I decluttered and decorated for Spring.

I decorated first because I sprayed the mixture on the items I used to decorate with, such as the wooden tool box, wooden sign, and the pillow cushions.

After it was all cleaned and decorated I sprayed the mixture.

Now fingers crossed that it works.

How easy are both of these hacks??

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  • Connie Connie on May 25, 2022

    Anyone know how to keep the small brown scorpions out?put?? I'm having problems with those and spiders. I've been stung twice already

  • LINDA LINDA on May 27, 2022

    Does it have to be Irish Spring? Would DIAL Gold work?

  • Jil21058481 Jil21058481 on Jun 01, 2022

    SO is THAT why I stay away from guys who smell like Iris Spring? Kidding (well, maybe not), but I am happy to learn your trick. BTW, you have a lovely porch!

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  • Micki Micki on Jun 17, 2022

    I have been using Irish Spring soap for over a year to keep pack rats away. In our are of Arizona they love to get in your back yard, garage and car. I put whole bars in a small cabinet drawer on the back patio. That is where they would likely hand out. I also put whole bars at the inside corners where the garage door roles up and one on each side of the door that connects the laundry room to the garage.I especially put one in my car. Not only does it smell fresh but I did not get any pack rats that love to chew up the inside of your car. So No pack rats, no spiders and no crickets. It works!

    Thanks for sharing this helpful idea.

  • Wyldecent Wyldecent 2 days ago

    Why post the peppermint oil tip if you don't know if it works? I can vouch for the Irish spring one though (other bar soaps don't work as well FYI)