If you suffer from arachnophobia, we have some bad news - the recent wet and warm weather has created an influx of eight-legged invaders in Adelaide homes and gardens. Spiders perform an important role, keeping numbers of flies, cockroaches and other pests in check. However, with some species like white tips, black house spiders and of course red-backs being able to deliver nasty bites, it’s a good idea to keep them away from the house. Here are some tips to ensure spiders don’t set up home in yours.
Don’t invite them in
Prevention, as they say, is better than cure, so make sure your home isn’t an attractive option for spiders. Firstly, don’t have leaves, vegetation, rubbish bins, or piles of firewood close to your outside walls. Also, check door openings, flyscreens and windows to ensure there’s no way for spiders to get in.
Spiders love clutter, which provides them plenty with little nooks and hiding spots, so keeping the inside of your home neat, clean and uncluttered is a good way of deterring spiders. Make sure you vacuum, dust and remove webs weekly too.
Although most people love the smell of peppermint, spiders can’t stand it. So if you want your home to smell minty fresh and be spider free, fill a spray bottle with peppermint essential oil and water, then spray it around doors and windows where spiders might come in. Some other essential oils, like tea tree, rose, cinnamon, lavender and eucalyptus are also great spider deterrents.
Another great spider deterrent is vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water and you’re ready to go. Because it won’t smell as nice as peppermint, you might want to use it on the exterior of your home – around cracks and crevices where spiders could enter.
Spiders aren’t fans of citrus, so rubbing citrus peels on window sills, book shelves, floor boards near walls and anywhere else you’ve seen spiders, will also keep them at bay.