Everyone hates to find 8 legged freaks hiding out in their student accommodation and we all try to stop them from becoming unwanted housemates – but the eight-legged critters always seem to find a way to creep in.
To avoid having to squeamishly grab and throw the insects out of the nearest window, you can take some simple precautions to stop them sneaking in your house in the first place.
1. Get minty
Spiders don’t like peppermint, so an easy way of keeping them away is to dilute some in water and spray it around your accommodation. If you’re feeling lazy, you can also buy ready-made diffusers or scented products to work as a repellent – You can pick these up from Poundland on the high street.
2. Spider-repelling spray
Similar to peppermint oil, an apple cider vinegar solution may also work to ward off the critters. Mix a cup of the acidic liquid, a teaspoon of oil, a handful of ground pepper and a teaspoon of washing up liquid and spray it in your bathroom and along windows and doors.
This should deter the pesky bugs from entering your home.
3. Its all about the ladybird tradeoff.
If you hate spiders and aren’t fussed about ladybirds, this could be the solution for youLadybirds are great for getting rid of spiders as the little creatures eat nearly 50 bugs a day. By planting ladybird-attracting plants, such as dill, fennel and marigolds, near to the perimeter of your house you can naturally keep spiders at bay.
4. Remove Those Webs
It may sound simple, but regularly checking for webs and removing them is the easiest way to stop spiders lurking and reproducing around the house. The easiest way to carry out this task is by using a vacuum cleaner, a soft duster and wiping down your windows and frames.
5. Get a pet (Ask y0ur landlord first!)
Pets are the perfect antidote to pests around the house. Animals, and particularly cats, chase anything that moves and will fight off those unwanted bugs before you notice they are there.
Spiders love nooks and crannies they can hide in. Having too much clutter in provides the critters with plenty of spots to seek refuge in.De-cluttering and removing all spiderwebs reduces the number of refuge spots for the bugs
7. Eat oranges and lemons
The eight-legged beasts hate citrus smells, so keeping these fruits around the house and eating them regularly can deter them from sticking around.
8. Wash windows
Cleaning windows with ammonia and water helps to prevent the creatures from getting inside. When the windows dry, go over the whole thing with newspaper and kerosene – the kerosene evaporates immediately but leaves a repellent for spiders, flies and mosquitos.
9. Use Eucalyptus
Another scent spiders avoid is eucalyptus, so dot the plant around your bathroom and in wardrobes to deter them from creeping in. This should keep them away and also leave the house smelling fresh and clean. If you want to kick things up a notch, why not try planting a eucalyptus tree in your garden.
10. Limit lighting
Spiders, like many bugs, are attracted to light. Keep house lighting at a minimum and turn off lights when you leave the house. You will save on your electricity bill at the same time as curbing infestations. Got lots of cobwebs and vegetation outside your windows? Make sure the cracks are filled in to restrict entry.