As the summer draws to a close, the relentless hot weather is finally easing up as rain returns and clouds blot the sky.
The heatwaves of the last few months already feel like a distant memory, though most people aren’t relishing their return yet.
With cooler temperatures also comes the return of everybody’s least favourite creatures: spiders.
It’s breeding season for the little buggers, and before you know it your home will be teeming with them as they try to escape the cold like us.
Thankfully, there are a few ways to keep them out of the home, and they are inexpensive.
In fact, most of these life hacks can be done with items you probably already have laying around the house.
Thanks to Mark Greig, head of supplier management at kitchen appliance experts Marks Electrical, and pest control expert Jordan Foster from Fantastic Pest Control, here are some of the items you can use to hold back the spider-tide.
How to keep spiders out of your home
Essential oils are a great way to keep spiders away, such as eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and peppermint in particular.
Mark notes: “Spiders detest the smell of peppermint. You can grab peppermint oil from most homeware stores and pharmacies.
“Mix around 10-15 drops into a mug of water and add to a spray bottle. Cover any entry points around the kitchen and home. Repeat this regularly.”
Block entry points
Blocking all possible entry points is one of the simplest ways to stop the creepy crawlies from getting into the home.
As Jordan states: “There are a couple of simple prevention techniques that we can do on our own, including eliminating any access points at our home.
“No matter what entry points you identify, you’ll need to seal or fill them correctly. Cracks or crevices around entry doors, windows, and our foundations are all in this category.”
Spiders also detest the bitterness lemon, so leaving some lemon peels around the home can seriously help.
Mark said: “Lemons are also a great option for repelling spiders. Once you’ve identified the potential entry points such as the space beneath doors, grab some lemon peel and place it there.
“Spiders don’t like the bitter smell and therefore it will act as a natural deterrent and keep them away.”
Repellent sprays also do the trick for similar reasons, such as apple cider vinegar.
Marks explains: “Similar to the above, spiders are also thought to dislike the smell of cinnamon.
“It can come in dried sticks used for cooking, cinnamon oil or cinnamon-scented candles.”
Leaving these around your home should lead to a reduced number of spiders entering the house.
Clean your garden
This might be the last place you think about cleaning, but it is important to remember that this is where the spiders are all coming from.
Stopping them at the source can dramatically reduce their numbers inside your home.
Jordan said: “Although it seems there isn’t much you can do to keep your garden spider-free, that’s not true.
“Spiders thrive in full backyards, stretching their webs and settling in. Plants and foliage around the house where spiders build webs are a good candidate for trimming or pruning.
“Keep plants away from the exterior of the house as well. By planting large shrubs against the brick wall, you’ll only encourage them to move inside.”