Spider Infestation: How To Get Rid Of Spiders In Your Home – Do Conkers Work?


With autumn in full swing – and winter not too far ahead – British homeowners could see an increase in uninvited guests of the creepy crawling species entering their homes.

A common question asked by homeowners is, “How do I get rid of spiders?”

This year in particular, UK households are expected to have a higher number of spiders than usual. Branded as “UK Spider Invasion”, spiders like the giant house spider come into the house in search of warmth, hiding in closets, sheds and cavity walls.

Whether you are a spider phobia or not, an eight-legged animal wandering the inside of your home and covering your ceilings and walls with webs isn’t always the most pleasant experience.

Many feel uncomfortable and nervous just thinking about it.

There is an old fairy tale that spiders are morbidly afraid of horse chestnuts and that they can prevent eight-legged visitors from entering your house – but is that scientifically true?

Many panicked people leave horse chestnuts on window sills and under couches to keep the arachnids from taking shelter in their home.

A German chemist, Hartmut Förster, previously described a chemical in the horse chestnut as “toxic” to insects. However, spiders are not insects because they do not have six legs and three main body parts.

Other people have claimed conkers give off an odor that is spider-repellent.

However, according to the Woodland Trust online website, conkers may not ward off spiders at all. “Unfortunately there is no proof of this,” it says on the website.

“The story goes that Conkers contain a harmful chemical that wards off spiders, but no one has ever been able to prove it scientifically.

“There is hearsay that when a spider approaches a conker, it rolls up its legs and dies within a day.”

In 2010, students at Roselyn Primary School in Cornwall won an RSC award that year for their informal studies that debunked the Conker myth.

In the study, the children placed spiders in boxes of conkers and found that the arachnids had climbed over the seeds.

Another experiment they undertook was putting spiders in a water tank, choosing between a wooden or a conkers bridge. Many of the spiders surprisingly chose the Conker Bridge.

Chemicals and pesticides, a common method used by many to kill spiders, can often be dangerous to your family and pets and are not environmentally friendly.

However, Rentokil, which offers professional spinning service, has some simple removal tips.

On her website, she advises, “The most effective way to control spiders is to limit their food source.

“This should include clearing away dead flies, woodlice, millipedes, millipedes and other crawling insects.”

Five simple steps from Rentokil can keep your home arachnid free.

Vacuum regularly

Pay attention to specially protected places – under worktops, back walls of cupboards or under and behind large furniture.

Remove conspicuous nets regularly.

Fill in the blanks

Find gaps in walls, around plumbing, and under doors and fill them in to prevent entry.

Remove protective pages

Make sure you don’t have piles of firewood, garden bags, compost heaps, and general clutter near your property.

Scare off all insects

Use lightning in a way that is less attractive to the insects (flies) that spiders feed on.

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