Best thing to do as spiders invade our homes for mating season

Spiders are set to invade our homes over the next couple of months as they look for a mate.

The creepy crawlies will be heading into our warm homes in search of a love nest, with various species spotted in our houses.

Some of the spiders can grow up to 12cm as they try to search for their perfect partner in the crannies of our house.

But what should you do if you spot one in your bath or dashing across your living room carpet?

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Well absolutely nothing, says Leicestershire Live.

That's right – because while many of us get the creeps when we spot them scuttling, they're practically harmless to us humans and they provide a free pest service in our houses too, eating many much more harmful animals

Their diets include fleas, mosquitoes, clothes moths, earwigs, cockroaches and flies.

According to Facebook environmentalist community Chris Packham Supporters: "You only see them for ten minutes a year.

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"Don't put them out, let them disappear into a far recess of your cupboards and provide their free home sanitation service for you.

"If you're scared of them, deal with your fear. They're your best mates."

But if you really don't like them in your home there are steps you can take to dissuade them from entering your house.

How to keep spiders out of your home

Lucy Askew, spokesperson for www.Hillarys.co.uk, shares her six top tips on how to keep spiders at bay this autumn/winter:

Put conkers in the corners of your rooms

While not scientifically proven, many people across the world swear by popping conkers in the corners of their rooms to keep spiders out. It’s thought that they give off a noxious chemical that will cause a spider to curl up and die within just one day of them coming into contact with it.

Create your own natural spider deterrents

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It’s believed that spiders detest the smell of citrus fruits, so try placing slices of fresh lemon or lime or rubbing the peel of either across your windowsills and doors as a natural bug repellent.

If lemon isn’t the scent for you, you could also try some essential oils, such as peppermint, cinnamon or tea tree oil, to keep the spiders away.

Failing that, a spray made from a mixture of water and vinegar will have a similar effect at deterring spiders, especially when applied into cracks or crevices in and around your home that spiders are likely to lurk in and want to lay their eggs in.

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Seal the cracks in your home

Being small, nimble creatures, spiders can make it through any small nooks and crannies that you might have in your home, so if you are really set on keeping those spiders out then go round each room in your house and seal any holes you might have that a spider could squeeze themselves through.

Keep your windows closed

Typically, nocturnal creatures, spiders typically go on the search for a warm atmosphere where they can find food, shelter and mating opportunities once the sun sets. If you or anyone else you live with is in the habit of keeping a bedroom window open when you sleep, despite the recent drop in temperatures, have a word.

Keep on top of your cleaning

It’s simple logic; spiders are looking for bugs and flies that they can eat, and these are not going to be as present in a house that is as clean and tidy as possible. By keeping up to date on your dusting and hoovering, you are not only going to keep cobwebs at bay, you are also keeping spider’s food options to a minimum.

Turn off your outside lights

Insects and bugs that spiders love to eat are the ones that are most attracted to light, so keeping your lights on will only bring them all to your door, and inside where they can get in. Only have the lights on when you need to and ideally only keep them on for short periods of time.

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