September marks the beginning of autumn, bringing cozy things like nights by the fire and tough Sunday roasts.
Unfortunately, it is also the time of the year when you never know what kind of creepy bug might be hanging around the corner of your home.
Thanks to the changing weather, all kinds of hairy spiders venture inside to lay their eggs.
Many people are glad that there are fewer flies, but others are not really interested in the eight-legged surprise.
If you are one of those people who like to keep spiders out of sight, there are some things you can do at home.
Seal welcome entries
Spiders will find welcome gaps in your home and take the opportunity to feel comfortable. Fill cracks around doors and windows or spray insecticide in these areas to deter creepy bugs.
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Bring the smells
Spiders taste and smell with their legs, so it is believed that strong odors will keep them at bay.
You can easily make a mint solution to spray at home if you don't want to use strong insecticides.
First put about five drops of peppermint oil in a 16-ounce spray bottle. Then add some water and shake the bottle well.
Spray the mixture near doors and windows, as well as any cracks that the spiders can let in. Also provide a good solution help outside your home.
Start by spraying only once a week and then every few days if spiders reappear.
If you have pets, you may not want to use peppermint oil because peppermint is toxic to cats, dogs and horses, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
You can also peel lemons and oranges and leave the peel in places where spiders would like to hide to postpone them.
With all these options, you should reapply more frequently than with harsh chemicals.
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It's time to vacuum. You'll want to dust and vacuum around the baseboards, windowsills and corners. Use the vacuum to clean corners and cracks behind the sofa and other furniture where spiders love to hide.
Also be sure to look for cobwebs or egg sacks (they will be shaped like a ball and will be contained in the net).
A fake widow spider (Image: PA Photo / Natural History Museum)
It is believed that spiders hate the smell of cedar wood, and a cheaper option is to buy blocks of cedar wood and place them in places where spiders can enter.
Spiders are believed to be discouraged by the smell of cedar wood.
Try placing cedar mulch around your home in places where spiders can enter. You can also put a bag of cedar in your closet to deter them.
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