Spiders begin to enter our homes as the weather gets colder and wetter outside, often scaring Brits with their presence. A staggering 18 percent of us admit to having arachnophobia according to Push Doctor – so how can you deter these creepy-crawly pests from setting up residence in your home?
Many of us may have heard the fable of conkers keeping spiders at bay – but do they really work?
If you’ve been out collecting conkers with the hopes of repelling arachnids – unfortunately, this old wives tale has no basis in fact.
The Woodland Trust says: “The story goes that conkers contain a noxious chemical that repels spiders but no-one’s ever been able to scientifically prove it.
“There’s hearsay that if a spider gets close to a conker it will curl its legs up and die within one day.”
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Basil contains aromatic oils which not only repel spiders but other insects like ants, summer houseflies and mosquitos.
Evie explained mixing basil with witch hazel and water can create a bug-repellent. Simply spray onto any surface and wipe down.
Basil can be grown in any area of your home, as long as it gets access to direct sunlight for four to five hours per day.
While many of us enjoy lavender in our gardens, the distinct smell can deter spiders indoors.
Either in essential oil form or cuttings from your garden, it can prevent those pesky spiders.
Fresh mint leaves can also be used to deter spiders.
Evie suggests if you grow fresh mint in your kitchen, pluck a few leaves and add to a bottle topped with spray water and leave to absorb.
Then spray this on the entry points to your home, any spiders hiding around windowsills and doorways will retreat rapidly.
You can also use peppermint oil as a deterrent.
Rosemary may be something you enjoy on your potatoes, but the herb releases an intense odour to spiders.
Evie advises you grow it indoors as rosemary is less cold tolerant so will thrive in a standalone pot in a warmer environment.
The scent of eucalyptus is the driving factor that keeps arachnids out of your home.
Add sprigs of eucalyptus around your bathroom, kitchen and living room.
You can also mix a few leaves with witch hazel and water and spray any areas that a spider could hide to prevent them from making webs in any discreet corners or cupboards.