spiderAs we anticipate the return of another season of the celebrity jungle, the coming month is sure to bring some frightful escapades and plenty of creepy crawly action. Whilst this may make for great evening entertainment, it’s fair to say these eight legged friends are not so welcome in our homes.

With the temperature outside dropping, you may be finding many of these unwanted guests, seeking refuge in your home. As harmless as they may be, you are probably not so keen to encounter an eight legged creepy-crawly wandering around. There are many natural ways to ascertain a bug-free home, in order to help you, we have put together a selection of handy tips, which will also help to create a fresher autumn home.

 

Fragrant lotions and potions

essential-oilsStrong scents can work wonders to repel spiders from entering our homes, which on the plus side will also keep our homes smelling welcoming and fragrant. Essential oils are probably the best scents to help achieve this, with peppermint being a favourable choice. There are many other scents to choose from that are just as effective, including tea-tree, lavender, rose and cinnamon (ideal for the festive season). Simply fill a spray bottle with your favourite scent and spritz around the home, banishing those spiders and creating a sensory atmosphere.  

Should the essential oils not work, why not try vinegar? This would leave quite a pungent smell around the home, but try filling a spray bottle with half white vinegar and half water and spray in corners, cracks and crevices to ward off spiders. Vinegar can be on harsh on some surfaces, so be careful where you use it.

 

Block all entry points

Spiders can creep their way through little nooks and crannies to enter a warm home. So the first step to banishment would be to block all entry points. Vigilantly check door openings, window sills and any other opening along the exterior of your home from where spiders could manoeuvre through. Reseal any gaps which appear to be entry points. Vents and chimneys are also spaces spiders can make their way through, so cover the opens with a fine mesh.

It may be worth maintaining the plants and trees that surround your home, as they present snug hiding spaces for spiders to plot a route into your property.

 

Clever planting

Eucalyptus trees infuse a strong scent that repels spiders. These low maintenance plants have a lovely scent and would look great in the garden. Try planting Eucalyptus near a window or door to ward those spiders away. Mint and lavender plants would be just as effective and would look great in freestanding planters.

 

Hard graft & elbow grease

clenaingSpiders love dark spaces to hide in, which makes it all the more difficult to get rid of them. Some dusting, de-cluttering and good old elbow grease is a sure fire cure to evict these unwelcome house guests. Regular dusting and vacuuming will get rid of webs, whilst de-cluttering would give spiders less hiding spaces.

 

Add a dash of zing

Citrus scents, such as lemon, orange and lime are not favoured by spiders. Why not scrub citrus along skirting boards, window sills and bookshelves, or simply opt for lemon-scented cleaners and furniture polish. You could even try burning citronella candles around your home.

 

Break the food chain

Spiders feed off insects and other bugs, so it may be worth trying to keep insects away from the home as well. Bright lights attract insects, which in turn will attract spiders. Try turning off the outside lights when not required, or setting with a sensor. Also to stop your indoor lights from shining out use opaque blind or shades.  You could try using yellow sodium vapour lights as these are less likely to attract insects.

 

Conkers

herbstliche Dekoration rustikalOld wives’ tales have it that spiders are repelled by horse chestnuts. It has not been scientifically proven to work, but there would be no harm in scattering a few conkers on windowsills and in the corners of rooms. Be careful if you have pets though as conkers can be poisonous.

 

We hope these handy tips help you keep those spiders away, do get in touch to let us know how you get on or if  you know of any other useful methods. If you are looking to get your home on the market or simply looking for some expert property advise, contact your local branch:

 

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