Goodbye wasps, hello spiders!


Goodbye Wasps, Hello Spiders!

What are those spiders that suddenly run like the clappers across your carpet and under a sofa, resulting in either a mad family exodus or a huge effort to find it? It’s time to clean up those unwanted guests!

How come they are so huge?

Have they been growing over the summer and waiting for September to come out and surprise us?

The fact is that they have been… I KNOW!

They only come out now, because they are looking for a mate.  The one’s with the very long legs are the males – eek! They won’t last the winter and so they need to crack on and find a lady friend.

The cobwebs are multiplying and no sooner have we cleaned them up they are back again. Our cleaners are up against it on a weekly basis! However this is actually the best way forward, as if you can keep them from making their webs and keep dark places clean and damp free. This way you will be making some headway into keeping them at bay.

It might be worth keeping log stores away from the side of your home as well, as this is a great place for them to inhabit and if they are near windows they may well find their way into your home uninvited.

So what to do?

If you can find a way to live alongside these eight-legged friends, they do assist with insect control, which I suppose is very kind of them.

Those old wives tales of putting conkers around your home may work for some and not others, but why not? It’s fun collecting them and they are one of natures little gifts to us.

But what do you do when you see one?

Hoover it up?

I always feel terrible when I break up one of their beautiful webs and even worse when I suck one up the tube but actually most spiders don’t actually die when you do. If it’s a bagless vaccum cleaner they can survive. It’s up to you whether you empty the dust directly into the outside bin and then it may have a chance of getting out or if you put it in your kitchen bin it will probably escape to live another day!

Use repellent?

Spiders have their taste buds on the tips of their legs and so some natural oils they dislike like citrus, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon and tea tree so you could put some oils in a bottle of water and spray them directly to combat them settling in any spot. However you may need to do this frequently.

There are bug sprays on the market and some are natural and won’t hurt the spider to worth doing some research if that’s the way you want to go.

Good luck with your Arachno-foe-bia and let me know if anything different that has worked for you.