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8 ways to spider-proof your home this autumn

8 ways to spider-proof your home this autumn

8 ways to spider-proof your home this autumn: When autumn comes around, spiders start mating season. This means you may see these scary crawlies moving around in your home. But how can you really get rid of spiders in the house for good?Spiders need water and moisture to live, just like all other species.

“You’ll probably find them in the kitchen and bathroom, near sinks and dishwashers,” says Mike Norton, trade and projects head at Magnet Trade.Spider protection costs anywhere from £5 to £11 at the store. You can get your house clean and smelling great without using any chemicals by using flowers and natural tricks to do the work for you.

See below for some natural ways to keep bugs away…

8 ways to spider-proof your home this autumn

1. Mix water and peppermint oil

Peppermint has a strong smell that spiders don’t like, so it’s a great natural way to keep them away. Spiders can feel vibrations and smells with the tiny hairs on their legs, so strong peppermint smells awful to them.

Put peppermint oil in a spray bottle and add water to thin it out. This will keep flying insects away. Then, spray around your door and window frames to keep them from coming in. Growing peppermint plants in your kitchen might also be helpful.

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2. Fix any holes or cracks

Caulking and closing any cracks is one of the best ways to keep spiders out of your home. Using enough silicone or acrylic latex glue to cover the whole crack is something you can do yourself.

If you want to get rid of spiders, the best thing to do is keep them out. “First, use caulk, weatherstripping, or sealant to fill in any gaps or cracks around your windows and doors. This will make it less likely that someone will break in,” says Mike.

“Because winter is coming, doing this now will also help your home keep its heat better and save you energy by lowering the temperatures and use of your central heating.”

3. Mix water and vinegar

Spiders are scared off by the smell and taste of vinegar, which makes it another great natural repellent. To keep spiders out of your home’s cracks and crevices, just spray a vinegar and water mixture in them.

As Adam Pawson, head of digital at Safestyle UK, says, “Spray half water and half vinegar all over the cracks of your window. Be careful not to get vinegar on varnished surfaces as it can be rough on them.” “Vinegar is a great way to get rid of ants and will also keep spiders out.”

8 ways to spider-proof your home this autumn

4. Spread out the cinnamon sticks

Since cinnamon sticks have a strong smell, they can also keep bugs away. Mike suggests that you put cinnamon sticks around your house or light a cinnamon-scented candle. This will quickly get rid of the bugs. If you don’t like the smell of cinnamon, any candle with citronella in it will work.

5. Get some orange peels

Citrus foods, like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, are bad for spiders. Mix water with your extra lemon, lime, or orange peel to make a paste. This will keep them out of your house. Rub it on your window sill to get rid of all the bugs for good.

“This is one of the simplest and most effective tricks, and it only costs 14p compared to a ready-made spider repellent that costs £10,” Mike says. “Put lemon peels on the window sills and other places spiders like to sit, like on bookcases and tread boards.” The strong lemon smell will keep them away and make your home smell lovely and clean.

6. Turn off all the lights

Spiders like to hide in dark places, but they are drawn to bright light bulbs because they think there are bugs moving around them. Putting that light out of reach before going to bed will keep them out of sight.

Adam says, “Spiders are drawn to light, like many other insects.” Never let spiders into your home without turning off the lights at night and when you’re not there. This will also save you money on your energy costs. Another thing you can do to keep bugs from setting up camp is to regularly dust and clean any areas that are very light and airy.

7. Keep up a daily cleaning schedule

Given that spiders like cosy places to hide, one of the best ways to keep your home spider-free is to clean it often.Adam says, “We mustn’t forget to keep cleaning all the cracks and crevices around our windows to get rid of cobwebs and stop them from coming back.” “It’s easy to get rid of large cobwebs with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe down the rest of the area with a damp cloth and some furniture polish.”

Find an eight-legged guest hiding in the corner? Get a smart spider catcher like this one from Lakeland that is already sold out. It sucks up bugs without hurting spiders and makes it easy to let them go outside.

Adam reminds us that we mustn’t forget to remain on top of cleaning every nook and corner around our windows in order to get rid of any cobwebs that are already there and to avoid any new ones from emerging in the future. “Simply grab your hoover to quickly get rid of well-formed cobwebs, and grab a damp cloth and some everyday cleaner to wipe over the rest of the area.”  “Simply grab your hoover to get rid of well-formed cobwebs.”

8. Look for some crowberries

According to Adam, “If all else fails, it’s an old wives’ tale that spiders fear the strong scent of conkers.” “Since conkers are plentiful at this time of year, I recommend that you go out and locate a chestnut tree so that you can hide some conkers in and around your windows in the hope that it will ward off the insects.”

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