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Spiders set to invade homes.

WE have some bad news for arachnophobes out there...spiders are on their way to your home.

Although the eight-legged creepy crawlies usually arrive in September, it seems the arachnids have arrived slightly earlier this year.

This is because female spiders are on the hunt for a mate and thanks to the incessant wet, humid weather, they've come inside early.

The particular ones we should look out for 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 offspring at once. They search houses for somewhere warm to lay eggs.

Experts at the Bristol Zoological Society have said that the weather is to blame. They explained that although they usually stay outside, mating season changes their behaviour.

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.

To avoid this, make sure there are no leaky pipes or openings.

But don't be mean to them - spiders play an important role in UK nature, they are the pest controllers, helping reduce the population of insects like wasps and flies.

How to keep spiders out: Seal openings: Spiders will exploit little cracks and gaps which can open up around your doors and win-dows, so fill them in where you can. You can also spray pesticide in these areas to deter creepy crawlies.

Spritz the smells: Spiders hate smells like citrus, vinegar, eucalyptus and peppermint. Leave peel from lemons and oranges where spiders might like to enter as a deterrent.

Get the hoover out: Not to suck the poor things up, but to keep carpets clean. Leftover food can attract insects and they in turn are a calling card for spiders.

Invest in cedar wood: Rather than changing furniture, buy a few blocks of cedar wood and place them by doors, windows and any other gaps that spiders may come into the house. According to experts they don't like the smell.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 8, 2019
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