Lynsey Crombie: My exclusive ‘simple’ guide to keep spiders and daddy long legs away
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Yesterday, I found a big spider in the lounge, just crawling across the carpet as bold as brass. I said, “what are you doing?” and I picked it up by its leg and threw it outside. I get the odd spider at the moment, but a couple of weeks ago I had loads.
At this time of year, when it’s getting colder, the spiders and daddy long legs come inside.
Of course, there’s the old wives’ tale about conkers keeping spiders away. My nan has got conkers all over her house. She’s 86, bless her, and she’s got them everywhere. She swears by them.
I’m not 100 percent convinced it works but then it might just depend on whereabouts you live or what you live near. So, I think it’s definitely worth putting in a couple of conkers, just in case.
However, I get rid of most of my spiders using my homemade spider spray.
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It’s really simple, it’s just water in a spray bottle with 20 drops of tea tree oil.
Spiders hate tea tree oil, so the idea is is that you spray it onto the frame of your door and your windows on the white PVC that surrounds them.
If you’ve got pets, be very mindful not to spray too low because it can be poisonous for pets so spray a bit higher up. But, if you don’t have pets and you have doormats, you can spray onto those as well. And you know what? It works super well.
You perhaps need to spray it about once a week, just to make sure that you keep on top of the spiders and keep the creepy crawlies away.
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I don’t know what it is about tea tree oil spiders don’t like, I don’t know the science behind it, but tea tree oil must be quite strong to them.
Some people use peppermint oil, apparently, that’s good, although I’ve personally not tried it.
It seems to be those minty eucalyptus smells that the spiders and daddy long legs just don’t like, which is handy because they smell pretty nice to us.
It’s not like we’re spraying around something that smells awful, it’s quite a fresh smell.
When I find a spider, I just pick it up and put it outside. However, if you’re really scared of them try and keep windows and doors closed so they don’t come in.
Check things like bathroom vents, too. They can crawl into those, so give those a blast with a hairdryer to push insects back out.
Of course, spiders are attracted to webs, so make sure you are dusting them at this time of year using a long handle duster to get into corners.
Ensuring there is less food for spiders and daddy long legs in your home will also deter them, so keeping flies away is also important.
Flies are a pest, the best tip I’ve found – and it sounds really random – is to get a clear sandwich bag. Fill it with water, tie it at the top, and then just hang it outside by your entrances.
When the fly comes toward your entrance, the little bag of water makes it go dizzy and funny.
Flies love a dustbin, so hang the bag in your dustbin area and they will just turn around.
If you’ve got a fly problem in your kitchen, line the bottom of your bin with normal table salt. I don’t know how it works but it’s thought the table salt will absorb any sort of moisture from the bin.
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