The nights are drawing in now and summer is a rapidly fading memory. It is time to embrace autumn, the wonderful colours, bonfires, Halloween cosy nights in…but wait, look who’s joining us! Yes, spiders. They get cold too, and they’re looking for places to stay warm. Here are our top ten tips to prevent them entering your home during spider season.
- Strong Smells – Strong smells such as lemon, lime, oranges or anything with a strong citrus aroma. Also, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil or peppermint oil. Vinegar is another one, but most people aren’t too keen on that one either! Rub or spray around window sills and doors to prevent them entering.
- Cats and Dogs – Most cats and dogs enjoy a game of chase when they spot a spider.
- Keep Windows Shut at Night – Most spiders are nocturnal, so keep windows and doors closed at night to stop them getting in to your home.
- Keep the Lights Down – Just like moths, spiders are drawn to light, so turn outside lights off when you’re not using them and keep doors and windows closed when the lights are on.
- Clear the Clutter – Spiders like to lay low in places that are out of sight. They love hiding in boxes and packages while they wait for their prey
- Get Rid of Webs – Check your rooms regularly, particularly corners, and remove webs where you find them.
- Limit Access to Food – Remove any dead flies or other creepy crawlies from doorways and window sills.
- Vacuum Regularly – Vacuum regularly and thoroughly, taking special care in awkward spots behind cupboards, in dark corners and under sofas.
- Fill Gaps – Check that there are no gaps or cracks – even tiny ones – in walls, pipework, doors and door frames and windows.
- Conkers – This one might be a bit of an old wives’ tale. Apparently, spiders don’t like conkers, and while there’s no evidence to back this up a row of conkers on the window sill makes a great autumn decoration.
If you do see a spider in the house, put a container over it, scoop it up with a card and put it outside.
If you’re having a major problem with spiders, give our friendly team a call for some help and advice.
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