Original article from Kent Live
Giant house spiders may well be, in a strictly objective sense, one of the worst things about autumn in the UK.
Most of us are used to a spider or two hanging around in our houses – the daddy long-legs in the bottom corner of the bathroom, or the money spider that lives by the front door – but these critters are different.
Big, fast and with the potential to bite – though only in very specific and very uncommon circumstances – these guys have probably given you more than a little fright in previous years.
Worse still – they don't actually invade out homes – as the big ones you see scuttling across the floor at half a meter-per-second are actually almost always indoors, coming out in the autumn for mating season.
Knowing they're always inside your home, even if you rarely see them isn't much of a reassurance.
But the fact they're only out and about in pursuit of love might actually make some want to find some less lethal ways to keep them out of the way.
So, here are nine natural, non-lethal and easy ways to keep your home (mostly) free of eight-legged friends, as reported by our sister site CorkBeo.
1. Get A Humane Spider Catcher
For when the hoover is a little too inhumane for the job in hand – chains like Aldi, Argos and Lidl do spider catchers – you can also shop for them easily online.
Some are battery operated, some work by a hand-pump – but all of them will suck up the arachnid, leaving you to drop them off in the garden without having to handle them.
However, your bigger house spiders will likely come right back inside if they can find a way, so this only really works for outdoor spiders that have strayed inside your home by accident.
Spiders absolutely hate one thing – and that's a specific variety strong spells.
Good for vampires AND spiders – our eight-legged friends really do not like the smell of garlic.
Depending on how you feel about the smell of garlic yourself, whole cloves crushed and mixed with water in a spray bottle can work wonders when spritzed in corners, on floors, along skirting boards and in the bathroom.
3. Do A Deep Clean and Tidy
Spiders love dark, dusty corners, hiding under clutter, especially, old boots and shoes thrown in a corner.
They also need dusty, crumb-filled environments to encourage the little critters they feed on with their webs and by hunting.
So as winter draws in, keep your house clean and organised, get rid of clutter, vaccumn under furniture and kitchen cabinets, make your living space too squeaky clean for the critters.
Also – dust regularly to get rid of webs.
Your mum or even your gran would have sworn by vinegar to keep spiders at bay – but this (along with raw garlic) is the nuclear option when it comes to lingering smells.
Fill a spray bottle (an old window cleaner spray bottle, washed out with soapy water will do) with with half white vinegar and half water.
Spray liberally into corners, cracks and crevices.
Be very careful to avoid varnished surfaces as vinegar can cut and discolour these – and be prepared for the smell, as though you might love it on chips, the novelty of vinegar wears off very quickly.
5. Tidy Up the Outside
Piles of leaves, garden waste, old woodpiles and anything else organic up against your walls or by your doors are the perfect hiding place for spiders, who will then come inside once the temperature drops and the heating goes on.
Remove these, and also look out for cracks, or vents that can be sealed up either using a caulk gun or a fine wire mesh – this also helps keeping mice out.
It's thought that spiders hate all citrus scents.
That’s right, you can keep spiders out of your home using nothing more than a lemon – and you don’t even need to waste the fruit, as just the peel is enough to send them running, apparently.
According to Expert Home Tips, rubbing lemon peel over your windowsills, bookshelves, and anywhere else you usually find spiders will help move them along and out of your home, with the added benefit of smelling fantastic.
Lemon-scented furniture polish and citronella candles will also make them stay away.
7. Turn off your lights
Spiders don't like bright lights – but the insects they feed on – especially flying ones – do.
So if you are not in a room, turn off a light.
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Also don't leave outside lights on, and keep the curtains and blinds closed.
If you do need to keep the lights on, use yellow sodium vapor lights as these are less likely to attract insects.
Here's another, low-cost, natural and easy to do remedy that your grandmother would have sworn by – horse chestnuts or conkers, scattered on window sills and in the corners of rooms, are said to work wonders when it comes to repelling spiders.
There is little scientific evidence to back this up – but it can't hurt!
HOWEVER – conkers can be poisonous – so if you have a pet or young child that is in the habit of picking up or chewing anything on the ground – do NOT go for this one.
9. Essential oils
While you can buy chemical spider and insect repellents, they can be nasty and pose a risk to your environment.
Quite a few essential oils and home fragrances will repel spiders and other insects, they are not expensive and there's the double-bonus of keeping your house smelling lovey.
Some of the best for this purpose include peppermint oil, tea-tree, lavender, rose and cinnamon.
You can put a few drops in a tea-light burner or put between 15 and 20 drops in an old spray bottle with water and spritz it around the house.
Change up the oil you use regularly, as that can help to ensure the spiders don't be become accustomed to the smell.