You may have heard old wives’ tale that suggests that leaving conkers in the corners of a room, or near to doorways and windows, will prevent spiders from running wild through your home. Although the formal evidence seems pretty inconclusive it’s a topic that seems to grab the headlines year after year, just take a look at these articles from the Daily Mail and The Telegraph if you don't believe us.
So, is this for the agoraphobic to run with, or is it just a load of old tosh? Well, in terms of the logistics, if you have young children then you’ll probably find yourself out in the woods foraging for conkers at some point which means that you’ll need something to do with them (there’s only so many conker contests the kids will take part in before they get bored!).
The likelihood is that you’ll have collected hundreds of conkers by the time you get home and although your children might use a few of them the likelihood is that you’ll still be left with bags of the things that'll only end up being thrown away. Although there’s no real evidence that supports the notion hat spiders have ‘conkerphobia’ there isn’t any to disprove it either, so if you have a real fear and will try anything to prevent the eight legged creatures from entering your home, then it’s definitely worth giving this a go.
If you don’t fancy trying out the conkers then there are plenty of other natural ways that are said to prevent spiders from entering your home:
Spiders, for some reason hate peppermint, so grab some peppermint oil from your local home store and mix it with water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution around your home - particularly in locations that are prone to arachnid invasions - and not only should it remain spider free but your home will be left smelling extremely fresh too.
White vinegar has so many household uses it’s unbelievable so it shouldn't come as all that much of a surprise to find that repelling spiders is one of them. If you want to try this method then you should mix the vinegar with water but rather than spraying the solution around the room, spray it directly into the cracks and crevices that spiders are likely to use to enter your home. Treating a room in this way isn't hazardous but be warned - it doesn't smell quite as nice as the peppermint method detailed above!
Cats are a great spider deterrent because as soon as they see one scuttle along the floor they instinctively pounce as soon as it’s still. However, unless you already have a cat, this method is significantly more expensive than the others.
Spiders hate citrus fruits of all varieties, although lemons seem to be the most effective. Rubbing a lemon peel over skirting boards, window sills and door frames is a great way to keep them away but be warned, errant squirts of citrus can stain carpets and soft furnishings, so be careful.
This is another slightly expensive yet effective way of eliminating spiders from your home but if you’re a smoker and can spare some tobacco then it’s worth a shot. If you've got pets like dogs or cats roaming around your home do exercise caution as they’re likely to try and eat it. The difference between this method and the others explored is that they're are different option as to how to use it. Either sprinkle in small piles in places where spiders like to frequent, or soak it in water in a spray bottle and then spray it around the room. Although this is an expensive solution it certainly keeps spiders at bay so if all else fails then it’s definitely worth a try.