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6 Easy Ways To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home Naturally

Now that autumn is here, these eight-legged creatures are heading in - here's how to keep them out!

By Alexia Dellner, 29 September 2016
6 Easy Ways To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home Naturally

There’s plenty to look forwards to as temperatures drop and nights draw in - beautiful fresh produce, fruity liquor, cosy knits and brilliant new TV shows

Although most species of spiders are totally harmless, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to invite them into your living space

But with autumn finally here, there is one thing that we’re not looking forwards to and that’s all those creepy crawlies coming in from the garden and into our homes. 

Although most species of spiders are totally harmless, that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to invite them into your living space. But what can you do if you want to a spider-free home but don't want to hurt these arachnids either? Here are six easy ways for how keep spiders out of your home this autumn. 

Check for cracks

Those pesky spiders have to get in somewhere, so check door openings and window sills for any cracks and seal with caulk. You can also cover any air vents and chimneys around the house with fine mesh.

Essential oils

Spiders supposedly dislike strong smells, and many people swear by diluting a few drops of essential oil into water and spritzing around the home (especially around windows and doors). Try peppermint, tea-tree, lavender and rose - at the very least, you home will smell nice!

Get a pet

Perhaps a bit of an extreme solution to a minor annoyance, but if you’re thinking about getting a cat for a while then now is a good time! Cats are natural-born hunters and while they won’t necessarily eliminate every spider in your home, they do tend to catch anything they see sprinting across the floor. Here kitty, kitty…

Turn off the lights

As it gets darker earlier, you may be tempted to turn on your outdoor lighting. And while the light itself won't attract any eight-legged visitors, it does attract other insects, like moths, which in turn will attract spiders. So turn off outdoor lights near your home to keep spiders away, and use blinds or curtains to keep indoor light from seeping out.

Keep your home tidy

It's boring, but keeping your home nice and clean will keep any creepy crawlies away. Spiders love to hide in dark and unkempt corners, so hoover and dust those cobwebs away to keep them from coming back. Sweep up any leftover bits of food that might attract insects that will in turn attract more spiders. Get cleaning tips and hacks here to tidy up quickly and effectively. 

Citrus scents

Spiders hate citrus scents, so next time you’re enjoying an orange, grapefruit or lemon, simply save the peel and rub along windowsills and bookshelves to keep these eight-legged creatures at bay.

We may not want any spiders creeping around our homes, but this spider web cake and spider web's cheesecake we can definitely get on board with!