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​How to keep spiders out of your home

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Scared of spiders? Fear no more!

Here at Home and About we have found the best ways to keep spiders out of your home.

In the UK around 86% of people are afraid of spiders, the most common spider to be found in the British home is a house Spider. House Spiders come into the home usually in September, this is to come out from the rainy weather and look for a mate in your house and if like me you are terrified of the creepy crawlies you definitely don't want it to be in your house!

Step one: Stop spiders from entering your home by getting rid of clutter and debris from your garden.

-Make sure you clear plies of leaves, grass cuttings, wood and compost as soon as possible. these areas are perfect places for spiders to reside, if a spider is living just outside your home it is likely that come the autumn month the spider will want to enter your home.

-Even things such as empty plant pots are perfect places for spiders to set up camp, make sure you get rid of these promptly.

Step Two: Remove plants from the outer perimeter of your home

Keeping plants close to the walls to your house is a bad idea if you do not want spiders entering your home. You should move these plants far away from your walls or any openings such as windows and doors.

Step Three: Make your home less hospitable to spiders

-Clear your house of any clutter. Spiders are attracted to places which are dark and quiet. This is why you can bet that you have a few spiders in your loft spaces. The more clutter you have in your home, the more homes you are creating for spiders.

-If you have any old furniture in your home that is unused, consider giving it away or selling it. unused furniture can also be a great home for house spiders.

-Try not to store anything under your bed, this is a perfect place for spiders to hide and mate. Keep it clear of any clutter and vacuum under your bed regularly.

Step Four: Keep your house clean

Spider have been known to be attracted to crumbs and sugar. Make sure that you keep your home tidy and make sure you vacuum regularly, paying close attention to your kitchen and any other areas you may be likely to drop food onto the floor.

Make sure that you vacuum your house thoroughly at least once a week. This will make sure that you get rid of any insect eggs that may have been laid in your carpet. Also, when vacuuming your home be sure to vacuum any spiders or spider webs that you see.

Step Five: Find areas where spiders are likely to walk and place glue traps

If you commonly see spiders in the same place in your home you may want to use a glue trap. Glue traps are usually used to stop flies buzzing around your home, but they can be just as effective at stopping spiders in their tracks. Place glue traps in any area that you commonly see spiders and just dispose of the trap once you have trapped one.

Step Six: Use natural spider repellents

Horse Chestnuts - Horse chestnuts are commonly used to repel spiders, the spiders do not like their scent so they will not go anywhere near them. Place a few horse chestnuts in each corner of your home and also place some in an area where you commonly see spiders.

Peppermint Oil - Make your own spider repellent spray by mixing peppermint oil with water, we found that if you mix 20-25 drops of peppermint oil with around 500ml of water is very effective. This method is effective when the mixture is sprayed on and nearby the possible entrances of your home.

Diatomaceous Earth - Diatomaceous earth is a natural product made from the fossils of an algae, it is very effective against spiders when it is spread along the outer perimeter of your home. It works because the powder has very small sharp edges, these edges cut the spiders body and cause them to bleed. Eventually the bleeding spider will die and dry out.

Buy Spider Repellents - You can also buy sprays that can be used to repel spiders. These sprays contain pet safe chemicals that can stop spiders from entering your home. We found that the best spider repellents on the market in the UK were:

Inspired Natural Spider Repellent

Your Choice Spider Repellent

Vinegar - You can make a mixture of vinegar and water to attack spiders with, vinegar contains acetic acid which is thought to burn spiders upon contact, you can use this mixture of roughly half vinegar and half water on webs in which you have seen a spider reside, this may kill them inside the web or if not it will ensure that the spider does not return to this location. If you dont want to use vinegar, lemon also contains acetic acid. 

So now hopefully you are now armed with an arsenal of tips and new ideas to keep spiders from entering your home. Hope you enjoyed another great blog post from Home and About. Please use the comments section to tell us what you think. Thanks!

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