Many spiders are now seeking shelter in our homes as we move into autumn.
Most spiders in Ireland are harmless, although many would still prefer not to share their homes with their eight-legged friends.
And unfortunately recent research from NUI Galway revealed that the dangerous false widow spider can now be found throughout Ireland
A bite from the spider can result in hospitalisation, with some unlucky victims experiencing tremors, reduced or elevated blood pressure, nausea and impaired mobility. In rare instances, some have developed minor wounds at the bite site or had to be treated for severe bacterial infections.
The creepy crawlies can be found hiding in window frames, lofts and conservatories. They also love warm areas like bedrooms and kitchens.
So whether you are trying to banish the false widow or just want to avoid their more harmless relatives, here are some home remedies that will help keep spiders out of your house:
Spiders do not respond well to strong scents. The use of essential oils such as peppermint, tea-tree, lavender, and rose can deter spiders from making your house their home.
Add 15 to 20 drops of the essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spray it around the house.
Change the scent of the oil you use regularly to ensure that it remains effective.
Spiders are also believed not to like the smell of cinnamon.
You can place dried sticks of cinnamon around your house or use cinnamon oil in the same way as above.
Scented candles can also be effective in spreading the scent.
Filling a spray bottle halfway with vinegar and the rest with water and spraying it around cracks and crevices that usually attract spiders will also deter them.
This method should be used with caution as it can damage varnished surfaces.
Again, the pungent smell of the eucalyptus tree will repel spiders.
The plant is low maintenance and has a beautiful scent. If you don’t have space for a tree, try planting mint or lavender underneath windows.
Spiders are known for hating all citrus scents. However, this can be used to our advantage.
Rub citrus peel along skirting boards, window sills and bookshelves.
Lemon-scented cleaners, polishes and candles can also repel spiders effectively.
Regular cleaning can leave spiders with nowhere to hide as they enjoy making their homes in out of reach areas.
Dusting and hoovering often can get rid of all unwanted spiders.
7.Check your fruit bowl
One of a spider's favourite meals is a fruit fly. So make sure that your fruit bowl is free of decomposing fruit, as this will attract the spiders.
8.Remove vegetation from the walls of your home
Moving plants that spiders can easily hide in away from the exterior of your home can reduce the chances of spiders getting into your house in the first place.
Spiders also love to make their homes in door framed and windowsills. These can be sealed with chalk to prevent spiders from setting up camp.