Seven tips for keep­ing spi­ders out of your home

The Oban Times - - PROPERTY -

If you’ve re­cently moved into a new home, you’ll prob­a­bly be ask­ing your friends and fam­ily around for a house­warm­ing party. But as we en­ter au­tumn, you may have no­ticed an in­crease in the num­ber of eight-legged visitors who most cer­tainly haven’t been in­vited. De­spite the old adage, ‘they are more scared of you’, this is cold com­fort for those who are ter­ri­fied of arach­nids.

For home own­ers who have no­ticed an in­crease in spi­ders emerg­ing from their house’s nooks and cran­nies, NHBC, the UK’s lead­ing new home war­ranty and in­sur­ance provider, have com­piled some ad­vice to help dis­suade spi­ders from mov­ing in. 1. Fill a spray bot­tle with a mix­ture of roughly half wa­ter and half white vine­gar. Avoid­ing var­nished sur­faces, spray the mix­ture in cor­ners and cracks. Al­ter­na­tively, as strong smells are be­lieved to de­ter spi­ders, try mix­ing nat­u­ral oils like pep­per­mint, laven­der, rose oil, tea-tree and cin­na­mon into spray bot­tles and follow the same method.

2. Seal off your home by fill­ing cracks and crevices around doors and win­dows which spi­ders could crawl through.

3. Do you still have card­board boxes around from your move? If so, spi­ders like these, so where pos­si­ble, empty and dis­pose of them. Try to use plas­tic boxes as an al­ter­na­tive stor­ing so­lu­tion.

4. Plant mint, laven­der or both un­der­neath or near win­dows as the strong smells will de­ter spi­ders. 5. Spi­ders also dis­like cit­rus, so rub peel from lemons or limes along skirt­ing boards and win­dow sills. You can also try lemon-scented clean­ers and fur­ni­ture pol­ish.

6. It has been said that spi­ders hate gar­lic, so place crushed cloves into a spray bot­tle filled with wa­ter and spritz in cor­ners, floors and skirt­ing boards. 7. Dust and vac­uum reg­u­larly to get rid of webs and de­clut­ter your house as much as pos­si­ble to re­duce the num­ber of places a spi­der can hide.

Fur­ther ad­vice for home­own­ers on prop­erty main­te­nance and other is­sues can be found on NHBC’s new homes web­site.

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