IT’S safe to say, spiders aren’t the most loved creepy crawlie you can find in your home.
The majority of us will admit that spiders send shivers down our spine, as we freak out trying to get rid of them.
And if you didn’t know, September brings the start of spider mating season.
During the autumn, male arachnids go on the prowl in search of a mate – meaning UK homes are set to be invaded by eight-legged friends this month.
So, if you’re looking to keep your house spider-free, there are plenty of spider-repelling plants that can help keep them away.
Online garden centre Primrose has revealed a list of houseplants that we all need, that naturally repel spiders without the need to spray nasty chemicals – and best of all? One plant costs just £2.30.
Gardening expert Evie Lane, pointed out that most plants that spiders hate have strong smells which, while not appealing to spiders, should smell great to you.
She said: “The best preventative measure for spiders also starts outside of the home.
“By keeping the exterior of your home free of any debris and picking up any leaves and woodpiles, you’re clearing any potential hideouts for spiders.
“That means they won’t be lurking near your home come mating season.
“There’s many old-wives’ tales about how conkers can repel spiders – but many don’t know that a lot of fragrant plants can do just that.
“Most spider-deterring plants have a strong odour since aromatic plants are generally more effective at repelling insects – but they still smell great in your home too.”
The team at Primrose has put together plant recommendations for anyone looking to minimise the spiders they have to deal with this autumn so keep reading if you get freaked out every time you see them in your home.
Lemon Balm, often used for adding a citrusy edge to dishes, is a low-maintenance house plant that repels spiders and fruit flies.
Spiders hate anything that smells of citrus – although pleasant to humans, the smell is overpowering and acts as a natural repellent.
By taking a cutting of lemon balm, adding it to water and spraying the solution in any dark areas of your home, it’ll clear out any hiding spaces that spiders love to hide.
Basil is a perfect all-round plant for keeping intruders out of your home this season.
The aromatic oils in basil are known to repel not only spiders, but other bugs such as ants, summer houseflies and mosquitos.
It can also be used to make a DIY bug-repellant spray if mixed with witch hazel – simply spray the mix onto a surface and give it a wipe down.
The herb can be grown in any area of your home, as long as it gets access to direct sunlight for 4 to 5 hours per day.
The traditional purple perennial is an outdoor garden staple.
Its pleasant smell means it’s commonly used as an essential oil but lavender is also great at deterring arachnids.
If you’ve got lavender in your garden, take a cutting and tie a bunch together and hang in each room of your house.
Not only will it smell beautifully fragrant, your eight-legged roommates will be nowhere in sight.
Fresh mint leaves can also be used to deter spiders.
If you grow fresh mint in your kitchen, pluck a few leaves and add to a bottle topped with spray water and leave to absorb – by spraying this on the entry points to your home, any spiders hiding around windowsills and doorways will retreat rapidly.
The added bonus? It tastes delicious too!
Rosemary is faintly scented for the human nose but releases an intense odour to spiders.
Make sure you’re growing it indoors though – rosemary is less cold tolerant so will thrive in a standalone pot in a warmer environment.
The scent of eucalyptus is the driving factor that keeps arachnids out of your home.
Add sprigs of eucalyptus around your bathroom, kitchen and living room.
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You can also mix a few leaves with witch hazel and water and spray any areas that a spider could hide to prevent them from making webs in any discreet corners or cupboards.
Chrysanthemums contain pyrethrum, which is an ingredient often used in natural insect repellents.
Not only do spiders hate it, but ants, ticks, fleas, spider mites, cockroaches and bed bugs do too.
If you do come across any spiders in your home, the team at Primrose pointed out that killing them can impact the environment since they eat pests that devour crops, such as aphids and caterpillars.
So if you can, get some of these plants in your home, so you can send them on their way.
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