Peppermint as a Spider Repellent – My Spidey Senses are Tingling…with Freshness

We live near some woods, so every time I go to check the mail, I get a slight case of arachnophobia. I don’t know if they are living in there, or they use it as a super highway, but I have seen spiders of all shapes, colors and sizes in there. Some have even had hairier legs than this chick:

Mountain Girl in The Ladykillers.

I keep thinking something like this might happen to me, just because I’m going out there to check whether I may already be a winner.

But even when I didn’t see them, I saw evidence of them.

Which makes me feel like this:

So, when I saw a claim on the boards that you could use peppermint to repel them, I thought it might be worth a try. The claim said you could mix the peppermint with water and give it a few squirts, but I figured that the straight stuff would be more potent, so I just shook the bottle on and inside of the mailbox, applying drops of the oil quite liberally.

The next day I went out to get the mail, but I have to say, the peppermint did very little to deter the spiders from hanging out there.

 Oh, well…where was I? Oh, yeah….