Although spiders can be found hiding in any areas of the home, experts at Magnet Trade have shared however, that it’s the kitchen and bathroom in particular that they are coming for. They said: “Like all species, spiders need water and moisture to survive. From sinks and dishwashers to the warmth given off from appliances, it’s the kitchen and bathroom that create the perfect moist environment to draw them in.”
Although these arachnids are mostly harmless, it doesn’t mean homeowners want these crawlers contaminating their food or creeping up on them in the bathroom.
The pest experts explained that it is far better to opt for a natural deterrent rather than a shop-bought product.
They said: “Supermarkets charge anything from £5 to £11 for spider repellent.
“Using houseplants and natural tricks to do the work for you is not only cheaper, but the chemical free method makes your home look and smell amazing.”
Here’s how to get rid of spiders in your home and even deter more from entering:
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1. Seal any cracks or openings around windows and doors
According to the pros, the “best way of getting rid of spiders” is by keeping them out in the first place.
They instructed: “Start by sealing any cracks or openings around your windows and doors with caulk, weather stripping or sealant to reduce the chance of an initial invasion.
“With the cold weather approaching, getting this done now has the added benefit of retaining heat better in your home and saving energy through reduced central heating use and temperatures.”
2. Rub lemon peels over the windowsills
Homeowners can use the peels of lemons to deter these eight-legged pests from their property – this makes for a cheap solution.
The experts said: “This is one of the easiest and most effective tricks, costing around 14p compared to a £10 ready-made spider repellent.
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“Rub lemon peels all over the windowsills or anywhere spiders tend to perch, such as on skirting boards and bookshelves. The strong citrus scent will repel them away and give your home a lovely fresh scent.’’
Lucy Askew from Hillary’s also advised: “A water and vinegar spray will have a similar effect at deterring spiders.
“Especially when applied into any cracks or crevices in your home that spiders are likely to lurk and want to lay their eggs.”
3. Keep your home clean and tidy
From kitchen cabinets to behind appliances, spiders hide in corners because they don’t like to be out in the open.
The Magnet Trade experts said: “Decluttering your home and keeping it organised will reduce the chance of a spider putting up a web. Cleaning away dust is also really important as it is small insects and food particles that attract spiders inside.”
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4. Add spider repellent plant to your home
For those unaware, there are quite a few plants that help to deter spiders from homes, due to the strong scents they emit.
The experts said: “Adding spider repellent plants is a great natural way to get rid of spiders in the home and they have the added benefit of making your home look and smell good in the process.
“Plants such as mint, lemongrass and eucalyptus, with their strong scents, are great deterrents to the crawlers.”
5. Use essential oils to make a natural spider repellent
According to the pest gurus, Britons can make their own “budget-friendly and natural spider repellent” by mixing an essential oil (approx. 20 drops) and water in a spray bottle.
Then spray all corners of the home or any moist areas that are likely to attract the insects.
They added: “The best essential oils to use are tea tree, lavender, peppermint, citrus and cinnamon.’’
6. Use cinnamon scents around the home
Cinnamon scents are not just for autumn or Christmas, they are also perfect for keeping spiders at bay with their “strong scent”.
The experts advised: “Dot cinnamon sticks around your home or grab yourself a cinnamon scented candle to burn and you’ll be sending those spiders packing in no time. If cinnamon isn’t your preferred scent, any candle that contains citronella will do the trick.”
7. Keep on top of recycling
Due to the dark and moist environment, spiders are big fans of old bottles and cans.
Recycle them as quickly as possible before they move in. For those who keep their recycling bin indoors, it might be a good idea to move it outside for the time being.