Spiders are invading homes in the fall and here’s how to stop them
Spiders have begun crawling back into homes across Kent as mating season begins. Our eight-legged friends will invade properties in search of warmth this fall and may find it in the corners of your home.
While the sight of huge spiders will scare thousands of people, they are actually part of Britain’s environmental cycle. While female spiders sit patiently on webs in window sills and the like, out of the corner of our eyes we see males scurrying across the bedroom floor in search of mates.
Professor Adam Hart, an ecologist at the University of Gloucestershire, told ITV West Country: “Late summer and early autumn is mating season for spiders, and during this time, the males become more active and go out into the open more. Our homes are also good habitat for spiders, so they are good places to be.” To search for females.
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Spiders love to hide in clutter, so keeping your home tidy will likely prevent spiders from leaving your home this season. Professor Adam Hart added: ‘We have very few creatures in the UK that can do us any real harm, and house spiders, despite their formidable appearance, are not out to do us harm.’
“If you trap it in a glass and use a piece of paper to close the glass and put the spider out, that’s great. If you can’t cope with that, or your glass isn’t big enough, it might be helpful to get one of those ‘grab the spider’ products that “It closes on the spider and allows you to take it outside at arm’s length.”
There are several ways to prevent them from crawling onto your property, according to Nancy Emery, cleaning expert at kitchen and bath retailer Tap Warehouse.
Using peppermint oil is one of the most effective ways to deter spiders. These creepy crawlies really don’t like the refreshing, minty scent emanating from this type of oil.
Add 15-20 drops to a spray bottle and fill with water. Spray this mixture around door frames and window sills especially at the bottom where spiders are most likely to enter and crawl. You can buy these oils from your local supermarket or online from sites like Amazon for £2.50. A little goes a long way, so one 10ml bottle is sure to last you through the end of the year.
If you’re really trying not to spend, you can always take hand sanitizer out of your bag and mix a roughly twopence piece-sized amount with water in a spray bottle.
Spray this around door frames and window sills. Spiders don’t like the alcohol in the gel which gives them that clinical smell.
Conkers in the corners
It’s often seen as an old wives’ tale, but placing conkers in corners and on window sills has been traditionally done across Britain for decades as a way to keep these creepy insects away.
White wine vinegar is known for being an easy-to-use material around the home. Thanks to its acidic properties, it works wonders in cleaning and degreasing especially when mixed with other household products like baking soda.
It’s also a very good deterrent when it comes to creepy crawlies like spiders as well. If you fill a spray bottle about a quarter to half full with white vinegar and fill it with water, it can be sprayed around door frames, window sills, corners, and even on your bathtub or ceramic tile and drain.
Another essence that spiders hate is the spicy smell of cinnamon, but fortunately, we humans all love smelling it as we move into the final months of the year.
If you still find that spiders are making their way into your home and you’re worried about how to catch them safely without harming them or having to touch them, you can invest in a spider catcher that can do the job at arm’s length. These are quick and easy solutions and won’t cause any damage or mess.
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