6 ways to keep spiders at bay, or why I love and loath autumn
*Spoiler Alert. There ARE photos of spiders in this post!*
I love Autumn. I love the green & russet colour pallet England adopts at the start of season, and the lazy hazy rays of cold sun poking through
As for the food – oh boy, this is my season! What’s not to love about roasted Squash with a dollop of salted butter & fresh pepper? Or the first of the season plums and pears and apples? In our house I’m known as the Queen of Crumbles – any combination of autumn fruit, so long as it includes apple!
But since moving to the country I also fear autumn – and I mean that literally!
Autumn is when we see some of THE biggest spiders I’ve ever encountered trying to find shelter in our house.
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In the morning elements of our garden are beautifully decorated with dewy cobwebs, but that also means their creators are not far behind. I didn’t mind spiders – or I didn’t before I moved here. But these spiders are massive and just creep up on you.
These are the ‘bad boys‘ of the Spider world, and they all seem to make their way into my house!
Another spider in our home, which has just crawled its way over the conkers!
Yes, I know Spiders are good for keeping out other bugs and won’t harm, but these country spiders look like they mean business so I’m not taking any chances.
Here’s my 7 ways to keep spiders at bay … and the results:
1 Conkers in room corners
I’ve read that the conkers give off a natural ‘smell’ to repel the spiders. Well not in my house! The only way conkers work is to be big enough to physically block up any hole that may be on show!
Results: Seriously, I’ve seen spiders squeeze through piles of conkers littered around the house. This is an old wives tale which really doesn’t work!
2 Orange peel.
Spiders, apparently don’t like the smell of citrus & orange in particular. I’ve tried leaving bits of orange peel next to windows and entrances but they quickly go moldy which is worse than the problem I’m trying to tackle. You can rub the sills, doors and bookshelves with raw citrus peel, too, but I found the sticky elements attracted other bugs
Alternatively you can boil your orange peel, leave it overnight and then strain & blend the chunks with some witch hazel and create an orange, anti-spider spray.
Results: Personally, I never had this much spare time!
3 White vinegar.
Similar to creating a citrus spray, many believe a vinegar spray repels at the same speed.
Results: If I went around spraying the house with vinegar Dadtired would have a thing or two to say about the smell!
The idea is to cut up the onions, put them in a bowl of cold water and leave that next to the areas where spiders are entering the house. I did try this until Mademoiselle knocked over the onion water which seeped into the carpet.
Results: Of all the smells, I think onion water is possibly the worst to get rid of out of carpet! It didn’t get rid of the spiders, either!
5 Plant spider repellent herbs.
I do like the idea of planting herbs such as lavender, lemon balm and mint in the garden as a means of detracting.
Result: If like us, your garden is a little way from any door, nook or cranny in your house where the spiders may enter, then forget it!
6 Turn the lights off!
Lights attract bugs & moths, and spiders eat these. Cut of a spider’s food source and he’ll soon move away.
Results: I live in a house with a 9year old and 6 year old who seem incapable of finding the off switch!
I don’t think anything can keep out these pesky beasts! If spiders’ want to come indoors to get away from the cooler winters ahead, then they will.
Dealing with Spiders is something I’m still learning to dealing with out here in the Shires and I’m ‘ll ever get used to this part of my new country life!
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.