Spi­der sea­son has started early

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

SPI­DER sea­son has re­port­edly started early and now home­own­ers are be­ing warned over an in­com­ing in­va­sion of arach­nids.

The spi­ders are so large they’re set­ting off bur­glar alarms, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

The eight-legged crit­ters are en­ter­ing homes at­tracted by the warmth dur­ing mat­ing sea­son.

Andrew Tay­lor and his fam­ily were alerted to the gi­ant arach­nids in­vad­ing their home when their in­truder alarm sounded.

Fear­ing the worst, due to a spate of re­cent bur­glar­ies in the area, Mr Tay­lor jumped out of bed to dis­cover that it was in fact a huge spi­der that had set off the alarm.

But it wasn’t just one hairy-legged creepy crawly, it was sev­eral.

Thank­fully, his wife man­aged to safely evict them from the house, which he says has since been ‘spi­der­proofed’ with pep­per­mint spray.

The team at Sports Physio UK also re­ceived an un­wel­come vis­i­tor.

They posted a photo on their Face­book page jok­ing: “My pa­tient this morn­ing has a few is­sues. Six of his eight legs have biome­chan­i­cal prob­lems. Noth­ing we can­not sort out.”

Glob­ally, there are more than 35,000 dif­fer­ent species of spi­ders, yet only around 650 of these are found in the UK.

Some peo­ple suf­fer from arachno­pho­bia, which is an ex­treme fear of spi­ders that can cause them to sweat, cry, and even have a panic at­tack.

But de­spite their of­ten un­nerv­ing ap­pear­ance, the species do ac­tu­ally help us, pro­tect­ing our homes and gar­dens by keep­ing them pest free.

How­ever, we re­alise many peo­ple would still pre­fer not to share a room with them, so here’s some tips from the pro­fes­sion­als on how to keep the spi­ders away. How to keep spi­ders out... Pest con­trol ex­perts Ren­tokil pro­vides the fol­low­ing ad­vice on its web­site:

1) Vac­uum reg­u­larly, high and low - par­tic­u­larly shel­tered spots such as be­neath work­tops, backs of cup­boards or un­der/be­hind large fur­ni­ture.

2) Re­move no­tice­able webs - on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

3) Fill in gaps - in walls, around pipework and un­der doors to deter en­try.

4) Re­move shel­ter­ing sites - like fire­wood piles, gar­den bags, com­post piles and gen­eral clut­ter from near your prop­erty.

5) Deter all in­sects - use light­ing in a way that is less at­trac­tive to the in­sects (flies) that spi­ders feed on.

Then of course there are the other op­tions, such as us­ing conkers or horse chest­nuts to deter spi­ders.

It’s be­lieved that they give off some form of chemical that re­pels the eight-legged crea­tures, so it’s worth pop­ping a few in the cor­ners of the room just in case.

Pep­per­mint oil, tea tree oil and eu­ca­lyp­tus oil is an­other sug­ges­tion.

Sim­ply mix 15-20 drops with wa­ter in a stan­dard spray bot­tle, then spray down the cor­ners, cracks and en­trances to your home.

Again it’s thought that spi­ders hate the smell and will run away from it.

Sex-starved spi­ders are com­ing... and they are big enough to set off your bur­glar alarms

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