The so­lu­tion to mak­ing homes spi­der-free

The Daily Examiner - - HOME - — So­phie Roberts, The Sun

ARE you afraid of spi­ders? Most Aus­tralians have faced the shock of a huge spi­der hang­ing out in their bed­room, or bath­room, or wher­ever else they want to make home.

But thank­fully for arachno­phobes there’s a sim­ple way to keep your liv­ing space crit­ter-free, with­out harm­ing the eight-legged crea­tures.

There’s no need to call in pest con­trol, as flush­ing out the spi­ders can be as easy as spritz­ing pep­per­mint-scented prod­ucts around.

Af­ter vac­u­um­ing and dust­ing your home to get rid of ex­ist­ing webs, mix up a two-part so­lu­tion.

To make the re­pel­lent, add around 20 drops of pep­per­mint oil to a bot­tle of wa­ter.

Af­ter pour­ing this into a spray bot­tle, spritz gen­er­ously around your house.

Take ex­tra care to cover any small nooks and cran­nies, which can pro­vide the per­fect hidey holes for the eight-legged crea­tures. Un­like other meth­ods, this one pre­vents the bugs from be­ing harmed. In­stead, it en­cour­ages them to re­lo­cate to your gar­den, so you won’t need to worry about get­ting crawled on in the night.

Your home serves as a warm, dry place, ideal for the creepy-crawlies to seek com­fort – and there’s a sur­pris­ing num­ber of dif­fer­ent species of them all over Aus­tralia.

PHOTO: SCOTT POW­ICK

A golden orb spi­der re-spins its web af­ter a heavy down­pour at Mur­willum­bah in NSW.

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