7 simple tips to keep spiders out of your home

Due to the unusually mild weather, spiders are making their way into British households early

The eight-legged crawling creatures leave their webs with the onset of autumn and seek refuge indoors in search of a mate. After that, they are less frequently spotted indoors.

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But the mild winter weather has meant that people have spotted spiders in their homes earlier than usual.

Spiders invade UK homes early due to mild weather (Photo: Adobe)

Lynsey Crombie, aka Queen of Clean, explained on ITV’s This Morning: “The reason they’re out earlier is because we’ve had such a mild winter, so you might notice the hay fever symptoms are a lot worse this year, because there’s so much more pollen, so that’s why.”

Ms Crombie explained that preventing spiders from entering the home is “key” and often easier than getting rid of them.

She said: “It sounds really silly, but simple things like taking off your shoes, taking off your bag are good because they can be on you and you might not know it.

“It’s important to have a really absorbent doormat, and we’re not just talking about spiders here, we’re talking about all things that can come into your home.

“Fill in any holes you might have something like that and also to look for eggs. They lay eggs and they can put them in your closets where your clothes are and they go into dark areas, so just keep looking in those corners.”

How do I keep spiders out of my house?

If you’re not a fan of spiders, here are some simple things you can try to stop them from crawling inside.

Avoid clutter

Spiders love to take refuge in dark, damp, and messy places. So if you make sure your house is kept clean, you can keep them away.

Make sure to vacuum and dust regularly and store things in boxes with plastic lids rather than cardboard to prevent animals from gaining access.

Let in natural light

Avoid leaving the blinds or curtains closed during the day or for long periods when you are away from home, as spiders love the dark.

Spiders like the dark, so letting plenty of light into your home can help keep them out (Photo: Adobe)

Use essential oils and citrus fruits

Spiders “sniff” with their legs, so strong smells will discourage them from leaving their nooks and crannies.

Tea tree, rose, cinnamon, citrus, peppermint, citronella, lavender, and eucalyptus oils are good oils to try—make sure you mist corners, window sills, and baseboards, and top up regularly.

Ms Crombie said: “Use eucalyptus too and just mist the areas where they come in, around those door frames. This will not harm them, it will only make them turn away.

“Citrus too. If you squeeze a lemon and leave the lemon juice on the counter, they will be attracted to it. But what they don’t like is the wax on your citrus.

“If you have some leftover lemon zest or orange zest on the side, you can even toss them in your trash can, that will stop them too.”

Draw some chalk lines

Spiders taste with their feet and they don’t like chalk, so this will discourage them from drawing a line around window sills, your bed, or doors.

Seal holes or cracks

Seal any small holes or cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings that spiders could use for entry.

Keep foliage away from your home

Avoid growing plants too close to your house for crawling, as spiders hide in them.

Leaf litter and accumulating piles of wood are also great spider hideouts, so be sure to keep your outdoor space clean.

Conkers and strong flavors can help repel spiders (Photo: Adobe)

Use chestnuts and strong flavors

Conkers and chestnuts are believed to work well as natural spider repellents and are an easy solution to keeping them away. Just place a few in the corners of your rooms or on the baseboard.

Other strong flavors like garlic or vinegar can also work well.

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