SPIDER season is in full swing – households across the country are already facing an invasion of the creepy-crawlies.
Instead of waiting for them to scurry across your bedroom floor or lurk in your bathroom, you can take steps to keep them out of your home completely.
Mike Norton, trading and project manager at Magnet Trade, explained that spiders need water and moisture to survive as sinks and dishwashers “attract” them.
But the spider expert has revealed a simple trick to scare them away – and it’ll cost you pennies.
“Rub lemon peels over window sills or anywhere spiders like to perch, such as baseboards and bookshelves,” he said.
“The strong citrus scent drives them away and gives your home a wonderfully fresh scent.
“This is one of the simplest and most effective tricks.
“Supermarkets charge between £5 and £11 for spider repellent.
“But doing the job with houseplants and lemons is not only cheaper, but the chemical-free method also leaves your home looking and smelling amazing.”
Since a four-pack of lemons only costs 55p at Aldi, the trick costs 14p each.
But lemons aren’t the only food that works – because spiders hate cinnamon too.
Mike said if you scatter cinnamon sticks around your home or light scented candles, they will “pack up in no time.”
He added: “This isn’t just a scent for fall and Christmas! The strong scent of cinnamon is perfect for keeping spiders away.”
“If cinnamon isn’t your preferred scent, any candle that contains citronella will do.
“You can make your own inexpensive and natural spider repellent by mixing an essential oil (about 20 drops) and water in a spray bottle.
“Spray corners of your home or other damp areas that attract insects. The best essential oils are tea tree oil, lavender, peppermint, citrus and cinnamon.”
Mike also advises that you seal all cracks and openings around windows and doors to prevent spiders from entering.
And keeping your home clean and tidy can make all the difference in reducing the chances of a spider creating a web.
“Removing dust is also very important as it is small insects and food particles that attract spiders inside,” he said.