Sex starved spiders to invade homes in the hunt for a mate; The wet weather means they could be arriving earlier than usual.
Byline: Alan Weston
Look away now if you're an arachnophobe - but the time of year has come around again whenare about to invade our homes on the hunt for a mate.
And awet Augustcould trick spiders into a premature mating season, with cooler conditions and heavy rainfall encouraging the arachnids inside.
House spiders usually look for shelter from September through to November, but it appears they are now arriving slightly earlier because of the weather.
These particular spiders have a leg span of up to 12cm and female spiders can stay in your home for the whole of their seven year life span.
Females are larger than the males and can often carry up to 100 babies at once. They search houses for somewhere warm to lay eggs.
Simon Garrett, from Bristol Zoological Society, said most spiders stay outside all year round, but mating season changes their behaviour.
They will try to move into a house if there is an entry point - so to avoid this, make sure there are no leaky pipes or openings.
Here's some tips from the professionals on how to keep the spiders away.
Seal off your home
Spiders will exploit little cracks and gaps which can open up around your doors and windows, so fill them in where you can. You can also spray pesticide in these areas to deter creepy crawlies.
Buy some vinegar
Plus citrus, eucalyptus, and peppermint, as it's believed spiders don't like any of these smells. You can peel lemons and oranges and leave the peel in places where spiders might like to hide to put them off, but replace it regularly as the aroma won't last forever.
Get the vacuum cleaner out
Leaving leftover food around can attract insects and they in turn are a calling card for spiders.
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Make sure you also look out for any spider webs or egg sacs (they will be shaped like a ball and contained in the web) and vacuum them up too. Spiders tend to like dark, hidden away locations so get the tip of the vacuum into all the nooks and crannies and behind the sofa and furniture.
Turn the lights off
Keep any lights outside your house switched off. The type of insects that spiders feast on will be attracted to the light and therefore will bring your home under the unwanted attention of spiders.
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Change your furniture
Spiders are believed to hate the smell of cedar wood - and a cheaper option is to buy blocks of cedar wood and place them at locations where spiders might be likely to enter.
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