September – October is spider mating month meaning the bigger male spiders come out of their hiding spots looking for love. Below I will give you ideas on how to reduce the number of spiders which come into your home.
Spider’s love seeking refuge in dark, damp, and cluttered places, so ensuring your house is kept clean can keep them away. Be sure to vacuum and dust regularly, and store things away on plastic lidded boxes, rather than cardboard, to prevent the critters gaining access.
Let the natural light in
Avoid leaving the blinds or curtains closed during the day, or for prolonged periods when you’re away from home, as spiders love the dark.
Use essential oils/Scented Candles
Spiders ‘smell’ with their legs, so strong scents will deter them from leaving their nooks and crannies. Tea tree, rose, cinnamon, citrus, peppermint, citronella, lavender, and eucalyptus are good oils to try – make sure you spray corners, windowsills and skirting boards, and replenish regularly.
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Draw some chalk lines
Spiders taste with their feet – and they don’t like chalk, so drawing a line around windowsills, your bed, or doorways, will deter them from crossing.
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Seal any cracks
Seal up any little cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings that spiders could use for access.
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Keep foliage away from your house
Avoid allowing plants next to your home to creep too close, as spiders will hide away in them. Leaf litter and accumulating woodpiles also make for great spider hiding places, so be sure to keep your outdoor space tidy.
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Don’t use conkers
There is no evidence that conkers are effective at keeping spiders out, and other strong aromas are likely to work better, such as garlic or vinegar.
Use Spider Killing Products
If spiders do enter your home, we have a selection of spider killing products available, please see these below –