With tales of giant spiders and false widow spiders becoming more common in the UK, now’s a great time to look at ways of keeping these eight-legged creatures outside where they belong. September is the start of spider season as the males go looking for a mate, which often leads them indoors. Social media is full of people filming these long-legged visitors – often unwanted guests – scuttling around their homes. Thankfully there are measures you can take to keep them at bay.
Put Spiders Off Their Scent
Some scents are a real turn-off for spiders. They hate peppermint oil, so dilute some in water and spray it around your home, particularly in corners where they like to hide. You can also put peppermint oil in diffusers. Eucalyptus is another scent that they avoid so you can do this oil around bathrooms or in wardrobes to put them off. It’ll keep your house smelling lovely and fresh too! Spiders don’t like the smell of citrus fruit, so you can eat lots of oranges and lemons to deter them – and tuck into one of your five a day! They also detest cinnamon, so you could use incense candles or light cinammon candles to prevent them from settling in.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
One of the easiest ways to prevent spiders from making themselves at home is to be vigilant when it comes to removing spider webs. Ensure you keep a feather duster handy and have a regular sweep around to remove any webs which your eight-legged friends may be using to reproduce. Every now and then you should have a thorough clean-out of cupboards and get into all those hard to reach nooks and crannies.
Look for any cracks or gaps in the floorboards, walls, windows, and doors which they can use to sneak in. You can plug any small gaps with Polyfilla, expandable foams or tape. While examining your windows and doors in Dublin, you may see they need a little more than Polyfilla. In that case, get in touch with a firm such as http://www.keanewindows.ie/ to find out about new windows and doors in Dublin, which are tight-fitting enough to prevent spiders and draughts.
You could also think about getting a cat, as they will chase anything that moves and spot the spider before you!