It's that time of year again. If when the spiders move in, you're tempted to move out, read our tips for staying spider-free before you book the removal men...

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1. Squeeze the citrus

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Spider experts tell us that the creepy crawlies hate citrus, so rub lemons on window ledges and door frames, and mix the juice with water to spritz on any suspicious looking cracks.

 

2. Clear cobwebs

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Make the little suckers homeless and hopefully they’ll decide to settle elsewhere. Make sure to look for webs under furniture and in cupboards, and anywhere else totally creepy.

 

3. Go bonkers for conkers

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This is an old chestnut (ha ha) but worth a go. It’s thought that conkers emit a chemical that gives spiders the heebie jeebies. Pop them in the corners of rooms and replace often with fresh ones.

 

 4. Tidy up

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Spiders love lurking, and the more nooks and crannies you have, the more places they have to hide and plan their next attack. We feel a full-on minimalist redecoration coming on…

 

5. Turn off outdoor lights

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Turn them off! Garden lights attract the bugs that spiders love to snack on. Leaving lamps aglow means you’re basically inviting them round for dinner.

 

6. Seal cracks

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Ever wondered how the spiders get into your house in the first place? They aren’t exactly waiting for someone to open the front door and invite them in. Mainly, they squeeze through tiny cracks. So seal them up with sillicone caulking. Maybe then, they’ll get the message.

 

7. Spray peppermint oil

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Another whiff that spiders can’t stand. Mix it with water and get squirting. A minty-fresh home will be worth it if it combats invasions from eight-legged blighters.

 

8. Get a cat

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Any spider scuttling across your living room floor won’t last long once a cat sets its sights on it. Just look away when your puss decides to gobble the spider down. Barf.

 

9. Paint your walls blue

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OK, so the theory is that blue walls and ceiling confuse spiders into thinking it’s sky, so they don’t try to settle there. Is it true? We don’t know. But if it is, we’ll see you down the paint aisle in B&Q.