Eight great ways to keep spiders out of your home

House spider
House spider
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Homes in the Portsmouth area are being invaded by spiders. Here are eight ways to keep them at bay.

1. If you have a garden, position as close as possible to the house plants that will attract ladybirds. They will help keep spiders away from the perimiter of your home.

2. Make your own natural spider spray and apply it to favourite haunts for eight-legged invaders, such as the bathroom, as well as spraying outside along windows and doors so spiders do not want to enter. To make the spray, mix a cup of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of oil, a handful of ground pepper and a teaspoon of washing up liquid. Use a spray bottle to apply, and always respray outside afterr rain.

3. Spiders hate peppermint oil, so dilute some in water and spray it as above. Make sure you keep it away from pets and people.

4. Keep your home as free from clutter as possible. Spiders love a heap in which to form a home out of sight. So dust regular and put all boxes and packages away quickly to prevent spiders from spinning a web. You should also immediately sweep away any cobwebs you find.

5. Get a pet. Most pets - and cats in particular - will chase anything that moves. But beware if you have particularly venomous spiders in your home - they can harm animals too.

6. Clean around the exterior of your home. Spiders love things like piles of wood, old flower ports, and debris. If they form a home there, they are one step away from ‘upgrading’ to a new pad in your home itself. Make sure any necessary pile of material in the garden is as far away from the home as possible.

7. Perfume your home with cedar - it’s a great natural smell but spiders hate it.

8. Eat oranges and lemons. Spiders don’t like citrus smells, so having these in the home can be a deterrent, as are essential oils in citrus scents.