Keep Creepy Crawlies Out!

We all look forward to summer, the height of the gardening season.  But with warm temperatures also comes insect activity… I’m talking about spiders!

I spend a lot of time during the hot summer period keeping them out of my house with various sprays but they always seem to find a way in.

So I’ve looked in to other ways to keep my house spider free this summer which you may find useful.

Apparently if you place chestnuts around the house it deters spiders.  Some claim they hate the smell, others claim they keel over in the presence of a walnut.

It can be tempting to leave outside lights on in the evening, but this serves as a beacon to insects in the area.  The spiders are not attracted to the light, but will follow the other insects – so remember to turn OFF the lights.

I’ve read that eucalyptus, tea-tree or even peppermint oils might keep the spiders out.  While some might enjoy the smell, the spiders do not, simply spray around windows and doors.  A similar option is vinegar but that may deter your friends and family also!

Apparently lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit smell terrible to the average spider.  The peels are said to work perfectly, so just save them whenever enjoying a piece of fruit.

And one of the simplest ways to deter spiders is by regular vacuuming or dusting away of cobwebs and egg sacs from around your house, especially in corners/hidden areas.

Don’t leave any leftover food out as this will attract insects that will in turn attract more spiders.

Well I’ll be putting the above methods to the test this year, wish me luck…

– Aroonaa

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