Spiders will flee inside the homes of many people this winter, as arachnids seek refuge from low temperatures in the United Kingdom. House spiders are a pest for many people, who look for them and kill them during the winter months. However, there are ways to prevent spiders from entering the house.
Do conkers get rid of spiders?
A belief held by many people is that spiders fear conkers.
The belief states that conkers produce a harmful chemical that repels spiders, and as such, some people choose to place conkers around their home.
The idea is a simple story of old women without a scientific basis and people have shown that the link is false.
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In 2010, Roselyon Elementary School students in Cornwall won an award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for refuting the link.
They conducted a study in which they confirmed that spiders did not bother spiders.
For those who hope to keep their homes free of spiders this winter, there are other methods to deter small predators.
However, some people may consider keeping them close.
House spiders like to hide in small corners (Image: GETTY)
Remove the prey of a spider
Spiders naturally tend to cluster in areas where prey is abundant, which means smaller insects such as flies and ants.
To prevent insects from clustering, people can remove plants near their doors or windows, which would leave spiders without an incentive to establish themselves.
Insects are also attracted to light, so turning off lights outside doors or windows will also keep them away and, by extension, to spiders.
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Sealed windows will keep spiders away (Image: GETTY)
Seal your house
Buying airtight windows with a good seal will leave spiders without an entry point to the house.
For those who do not have access to sealed windows, they can use a sealant such as caulking to fill any space.
People should clean everything that goes through the cracks, since spiders can lay eggs and hide in places where dirt and clothes accumulate.
Should you deter spiders from your home?
Spiders are not the only creepy crawlers that will attempt to invade houses during the winter, and in fact, they are the least of several evils.
Other visitors include earwigs, blue bottle flies, moths, nocturnal silverfish and common mealybugs.
While spiders are the scariest in the group, they help eliminate other unwanted pests that could cause more discomfort.
They are particularly useful with flies, which often enter the house after crushing garbage or dog droppings.