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How to keep spiders out of your home

September 24th 2014
By: Melanie

The mild summer has resulted in super sized spiders this year, entering our homes in their masses, and in most cases twice the size of normal spiders as they have enjoyed a bumper crop of food this year in our gardens.
 
Arthropod expert Lawrence Bee told The Telegraph: “There are often more house spiders seen at this time of year and they can get quite big,” says arthropod expert Lawrence Bee. “If people want to get rid of them, they should put them into a container and release them outside.” 
 
Sightings have increased because we are in the throes of the mating season, he continues. “The males are looking for females and are much more active at the moment. People see them in bathrooms, running across the carpets or creeping up from floorboards.”
 

So how can you stop this invasion of spiders entering your home this autumn, here are a few natural tips:
 
Mint
 
Spiders hate mint – fill a spray bottle with peppermint essential oil and spray it around your home. This will repel them naturally without hurting them.
 
Use Vinegar
 
This can be used in the same way at peppermint, add 50/50 water/vinegar to your spray bottle. Vinegar can be used in some many different ways to clean your house as well.
 
Keep your home clean
 
By cleaning the corners of your home, and getting rid of cobwebs on a regular basis will stop the build up of spiders in your home.
 
Clean up the outside of your home
 
If you want to discourage spiders from entering your home, then clean up any leaves, grass cuttings and wood piles that are in your garden, also clean your door openings, window sills and window openings regularly.
 
Citrus
 

Rub citrus into your shelves, window sills, door openings and any where else you think the spiders might nest, this will stop them from hanging around.
 
Chestnuts
 
Spiders hate the smell of chestnuts, by keeping a few on your window sills and in the corners of your room can help to drive them away.
 
Source: The Telegraph