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Warning as super-sized spiders head into British homes in hunt for a mate


Around the beginning of September, more and more people will see huge spiders entering their homes as the eight-legged creatures search for a mate. Male spiders like to go walkabout as they search for females.

In comparison, female spiders are usually hidden in the shadows or in static positions nestled in garages, corners or on windowsills.

Spider season usually ends in the first week of October and there will be a decline in numbers walking around a house.

Arachnids play a valuable role in the urban environment and the large ecosystem.

They are a useful and eco-friendly pest control solution and help control nuisance household pets.

Spiders are likely to consume most insects in your home, providing free and effective pest control in homes.

Matt Shardlow, chief executive at Bug Life said: “Spiders are fantastic little animals, they have stalked insects for at least 380 million years, and trapped trillions of them in their ingenious webs.

“Humans have cohabited with house spiders since the stone age, and for as long as there have been houses, these eight-legged wonders have been part of our domestic ecology.”

The creepy crawlies are often attracted to bathrooms because they need water to survive.

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He explained further: “Supermarkets charge anything from £4 to £11 for ready-made spider repellent.

“Taking two minutes to make your own using a citrus fruit such as lemon is cheaper, efficient, more economical and it makes your bathroom smell amazing.”

You can buy a pack of four lemons for just 54p from ASDA which works out at just under 14p per lemon.

Mr Holland recommended making your own spider repellent by mixing citrus and water in a spray bottle.

He suggested popping around 20 drops of the juice in with the water.

The spider expert added: “Spray corners of your bathroom or any moist areas that are likely to attract the insects.”

Lemon, lime, tea tree, lavender, peppermint and cinnamon are all also great options.

One of Mr Holland’s “favourite tricks” is to rub lemon peels on the windows sills.

“Rub lemon peels all over the windowsills or anywhere spiders may try and perch like behind the toilet or cabinets,” he said.

“The citrus will repel them and will give your bathroom a nice scent.”

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