I don’t know about you, but I definitely suffer from arachnophobia. I recently took some steps to spider-proof my home, so I thought I’d share them with my fellow arachnophobes!
1) Trim any nearby greenery
If there are bushes or shrubs near to the windows and doors of your home, keep them trimmed! These are the spots where spiders will create their webs and set up home!
2) Fill any cracks and holes to the outside world
Often pipework coming into your home (beneath your sink, for example), will be coming through a hole that isn’t exactly a snug fit. There will often be a gap around the piping. Seal this with silicone.
It’s the same with cables for the Sky dish, etc. If the hole is bigger than the cable, fill the gap with silicone or caulk!
3) Replace those air brick vents!
Older houses tend to have large, open slats in their airbricks (the vents that sit in the top corner of a room, allowing air in from the outside). Tack fine mesh over the air-brick, or replace the vent cover with a new plastic one!
4) Get caulking
Go around the outside of your home and take a look at your window and door frames. If you see any cracks between the frame and the brickwork, fill them with caulk. Otherwise, spiders will worm their way into your home.
5) No fly zone
Use fly curtains and bug sprays to keep the amount of flies in your home to a minimum, and clean away their cadavers. Keeping the spiders well-fed will cause them to stay put, where they will grow and lay their eggs; releasing hundreds of off-spring into your home.
6) Spider-Busting Essentials
Below are a couple of products that will aid you in having a spider-free home. First up, a spider-repellent spray from John Lewis. It’s made of completely natural ingredients that don’t harm the spider. Spray it around the windows and doors and it will help to keep the little eight-legged critters away. Secondly, a non-deadly spider catcher from Amazon to quickly and humanely catch any arachnids that do make it into the house.
There you go – I’ve armed you with the tools you need to start spider proofing your home. You should see a reduction in the amount of larger spiders in the house.