Warmer weather during the summer months can mean your house can become a home to more than just you.
Leaving doors and windows open during the summer months is an open invitation to spiders and other wild animals.
If you want to prevent spiders from coming into your home, here’s a list of top tips for keeping your home arachnid free.
If you have arachnophobia, you will no doubt be very conscious of giving the eight-legged creatures an easy opportunity to enter your house.
Giant house spiders tend to look for warm dry places, and although they can be unwelcome in your home, they very rarely attack humans and more often than not run away – and their bites aren’t harmful.
If you want to avoid having a family of spiders, which can grow up to 12cm in length in your home, here are some tips to help.
How to keep spiders out the house:
Keep your house tidy
The cheapest way to keep spiders at bay is to keep your space neat and free of dust and webs.Hoover your carpets regularly and keep corners clear. Use the hoover to get rid of any spider webs you come across.
Spiders can’t stand peppermint, according to experts.
You can fill a spray bottle with peppermint essential oil and spray it around your home to deter the creatures.
Or spray vinegar
Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water before spraying it around the whole house.
Tidy the outside of your house
Make sure the exterior of your house is free from leaves, wood piles and grass clippings.
Buy some lemons
Spiders hate lemons. Rubbing citrus peels around your home or spraying lemon scented air freshener should deter them.
Get some chestnuts/conkers
Spiders are believed to hate chestnuts. Place some on your windowsills and in corners to stop them lingering.
Seal your home
Use caulk to seal up all the large and small gaps to stop spiders creeping in. Cover vents and chimneys with fine mesh insect screens to keep them out.
Turn off your outside lights
Light attracts insects which attracts hungry spiders.
Use a spider catcher
These tools allow you to humanely get the creatures out of your home.
Get a cat
Cats love to hunt spiders and will not let them crawl easily across the floor.
If all else fails, hire a professional
If you have a huge spider problem you may need to call in a professional who can use a stronger chemical pesticide.