Spider-mating season is upon us which means Britons are more likely to see the creepy crawlies in their homes from now until mid-October. The spiders scuttling across floors are most likely to be male spiders looking for a female mate.
After September and October, spiders are less likely to be spotted indoors. A large number of Britons are scared of the pests despite the fact they largely pose no harm to humans.
For those finding the spider invasion too much, fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch have shared their natural deterrents for ousting the bugs.
Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, is a cleaning expert and lifestyle influencer with more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram.
In recent years, fans of hers have taken to social media to share their tips, tricks and advice for cleaning problems around the home.
On one such group, a Facebook user asked how to get rid of spiders from the home. The group member asked: “In the UK and I keep finding HUGE spiders in my conservatory.
“I keep putting them far away outside but every day there is another one. Help. How do I get rid of them?”
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The post received more than 130 comments from Mrs Hinch fans, however, the most suggested solution was to use peppermint either in oil or tea form.
Kirsty Davidson said to use “peppermint oil”. Janine Paga agreed and wrote: “The spiders are coming in from outside, they will keep coming back in to find a mate, which, sorry to say will be tucked away in your house somewhere!
“Diluted peppermint essential oil and water sprayed around the house helps!”
Caroline Jones commented: “I bought some peppermint tea, made and cooked in a spray bottle, so far so good, did door frames and windows inside and out!
“I top up once a week due to cleaning! It cost me £0.62 for a box of 20!”
Allison Gibb Annand replied: “Buy a bottle of peppermint oil. Put a teaspoon full into a spray bottle of water and shake to mix. Spray round door and window frames. They won’t come in past it.”
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Jessica Godsmark said: “Apparently, fresh lemon juice works. Never tried it myself yet but will give it a go.”
Hayley Foleher replied: “Conkers are supposed to keep them out. Just get a few and put them in corners of rooms and behind things.”
Shaz Taylor Morgan commented: “Spray vinegar or lemon juice around entrances, works for me, they don’t like acidy smells!”
Kelcy Bennett said: “Indorex spray around all the openings where they could come in. Honestly, I know it’s flea spray but it does the trick thank goodness.”