Those of us who are scared of spiders are for a few weeks because thousands of sexually crazy spiders are ready to invade our homes.
The arrival of autumn is the beginning of the spider’s mating season.
Eight-legged scary corollas will leave their nets to seek refuge inside the house in search of a mate.
When is the season for spider milling?
Spiders usually start hatching in early September, and their presence is noticeable in homes by mid-October. After that, they are often seen indoors.
Female spiders are known to live in one place all their lives, but males are always in motion.
In the spider’s web season, men will go looking for females and often find them indoors, which is why you can see more of them in the next two months.
In the UK, there are more than 650 different species of spiders and while all of them can bite, only 12 can harm humans.
Money, basement and lace web spiders are likely to be seen more frequently in the coming weeks, as well as domestic spiders, one of the largest spiders in the UK.
Males of this species can grow up to an alarming 10 cm in distance from their legs, although this is the upper part of the scale, depending on their size and how much they have eaten.
After mating, the female lays eggs and the male usually dies.
How can I keep spiders out?
If you want to keep eight-legged creatures out of your home, there are some things you can try to prevent them from getting inside.
Spiders like to take shelter in dark, damp and cluttered places, so keeping your home clean can keep them away.
Make sure to vacuum and dust regularly, and store things in plastic lids instead of cardboard, so that critics don’t have access.
Let natural light in.
Avoid keeping curtains or drapes closed during the day, or when you are away from home because spiders like the dark.
Use essential oils.
Spiders get a ‘stench’ from their legs, so a strong scent prevents them from letting go of their thorns and cranes.
Tea tree, rose, cinnamon, citrus, pepper, citronella, lavender and eucalyptus are good oils to try – make sure you spray the corners, windows and skirting boards and fill them regularly.
Draw some chalk lines.
Spiders taste with their feet and don’t like chalk, so drawing a line around window walls, your bed or door will prevent them from crossing.
Seal any cracks.
Make small cracks in walls, floors and ceilings that spiders can use for access.
Keep plants away from your home.
Do not allow plants to crawl near your home as spiders will hide in them.
Leaf litter and accumulated wood piles also make great places for spiders to hide, so keep your outdoor space clean.
Do not use pebbles.
There is no evidence that concussions are effective in keeping spiders out.
Other strong aromas are more likely to work, such as garlic or vinegar.