Now spider-mating season is upon us, more male spiders will be leaving their webs in search of females, and one of their favourite places to look is in our warm, cosy homes.
But don’t panic! Here are our top tips on how to keep those creepy crawlies outside where they belong…
Keeping your house clean is the most effective way to deter spiders. Dust and vacuum any spider webs or egg sacs (which will be ball shaped, and often hidden in the web) waiting to hatch. Spiders will be less eager to return when their offspring and habitats have been removed. If you do this as soon as you spot them, it will make cleaning a whole lot easier.
Additionally, make sure you don’t miss those neglected nooks or crannies, because dark, undisturbed spaces are inviting to spiders. A tidy home is also important when trying to keep spiders away. Store things in airtight containers rather than cardboard boxes, so spiders can’t get into them.
Cover up gaps
Minimise the amount of cracks or gaps in your floorboards, windows
and doors. These spaces are where most spiders will gain access to your house. If you seal them, however, it will make life much more difficult for them. Try using a fine mesh over any large holes or air vents to stop particularly big spiders from entering.
Encourage your pets to play with them
Dogs or cats will chase and catch almost anything, making spiders that run across the floor perfect targets. Cats, in particular, will be good at the job because of their natural hunting instincts. They will also frighten the spiders.
Never leave the light on with the windows open as the light will attract moths and other insects. And these insects make up the staple diet of big house spiders. With a vast food source available in your home, spiders will just be encouraged to move in.
Save citrus peels
Especially lemon or a lime, because they can help keep unwanted spiders away. Like peppermint, spiders hate the natural aroma of citrus peels.
Place them on your window sills, on top of bookcases or in any other small spaces that may be appealing to the creepy crawlies. Replace these every three or four days so the peels don’t dry out and lose their
Use home-made deterrents
Spray peppermint oils around your windows and doors to deter spiders, because they don’t like the fragrance. You can make your own spray by mixing 10 to 15 drops of peppermint oil with water.
A spray bottle will allow you to dispense the fragrance with ease. Not only will you have fewer spiders around but your house will smell minty fresh. To get the best results, use several times a day.
Catch them humanely
If all else fails, and they still invade your home, treat yourself to a spider catcher, which will enable you to suck the spider safely up into a tube at arm’s length and release it outside.
Invest in cedar wood furniture
This is a good idea for any serious arachnophobes, because spiders hate the smell of cedar wood. You can also put cedar-wood blocks in your garden and around possible ‘spider entrances’.