TERRIFED of spiders and wish there was a way to ban them from your house for good?
Cleaning fans have been sharing their top hacks for keeping pesky arachnids at bay, including hiding conkers around your home.
A terrified woman begged on Facebook for advice on keeping the eight-legged visitors out of her home – after her lavender spray stopped working.
Numerous people were quick to suggest the old wives’ tale of strategically placing horse chestnuts under sofas and on window ledges to deter them from nesting inside.
It has been thought the chemical saponin found in conkers is an effective spider repellent, but this hasn’t been scientifically proved.
The woman pleaded for help in the Facebook group We Love Mrs Hinch, and wrote: “SPIDERS!!! How does everyone cope? I already use lavender but it’s stopped working.”
A desperate woman took the Facebook group We Love Mrs Hinch to ask how to banish spiders from her home[/caption]
Conkers proved to be a popular choice for many homeowners in warding off eight-legged friends[/caption]
One fan wrote: “Conkers. We collect fresh conkers each year and have them in bowls in the rooms. It really helps a lot.”
Another added: “Conkers in little dishes or vases hidden all over the house.”
Meanwhile another homeowner said they had trained their cats to kill spiders.
And another suggestion was to put oils with citrus or mint scents around the house, and to move plants outside.
One person wrote: “Few drops of peppermint oil mixed with water in a spray bottle, spray around windows and outside doors etc, you won’t see them again.”
Lavender and peppermint oils also proved to be a popular deterrent[/caption]
German chemist Hartmut Foerster described the chemical as “toxic” to insects, although spiders aren’t insects, and other people say it gives a smell that repels spiders.
Dr Geoff Oxford of the British Arachnological Society said the Royal Society of Chemists debunked the conker myth in 2010.
Pupils of Roselyon Primary School in Cornwall won a prize from the RSC that year for their informal study showing that spiders were not phased by conkers.
In the study, the kids placed spiders in boxes with conkers and found the arachnids climbed over the seeds.
How to stop spiders coming into your house
There are plenty of handy tips that could ward off a full-scale arachnid invasion:
- Spraying peppermint scented air freshener around your home is a tried and tested trick as spiders hate the smell of mint.
- And homeowners are advised to hoover their floors and carpets regularly so to pick up any stray crumbs that can attract tasty bugs that spiders love.
- Remove any webs that crop up and try to fill in any gaps in pipework, door and window frames, skirting boards and masonry to keep them out.
- Removing any sheltering sites like compost piles and garden bags from near the outside of your home is another way to deter the beasties, alongside using lighting that is less attractive to the flies which spiders feed on.
- Animals, and particularly cats, chase anything that moves and will fight off those unwanted bugs before you notice they are there.
And they were also placed in a water tank with the choice of a wooden or conkers bridge, and many chose the conkers bridge.
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