How do I get rid of spiders? spider control
SPIDER CONTROL: Sightings of spiders are on the up, as they tend to flock to shelter in late summer and early autumn to find a mate and prepare for the winter.
They seek out white walls and surfaces so they stand out to potential mates — so that’s why they often seem to appear in the bath.
But there are an array of handy tips that could ward off a full-scale arachnid invasion.
Spraying peppermint scented air freshener around your home is a tried and tested trick as spiders hate the smell of mint.
And homeowners are advised to hoover their floors and carpets regularly so to pick up any stray crumbs that can attract tasty bugs that spiders love.
Remove any webs that crop up and try to fill in any gaps in pipework, door and window frames, skirting boards and masonry to keep the creeps out.
Removing any sheltering sites like compost piles and garden bags from near the outside of your home is another way to deter the insects, alongside using lighting that is less attractive to the flies which spiders feed on.
How do I treat a spider bite?
Thankfully, the majority of spiders that are native to the UK are not harmful to humans.
But there are still regular cases of venomous spiders leaving people with nasty nips.
The false widow spider is the most common of these creepy crawlies to pose a bite threat to Brits.
Victims will be bitten if the spider becomes trapped in their clothes or is roughly handled.
You can tell you have been bitten if you feel an itchy and sometimes painful red lump develop on your skin beneath two tiny puncture marks.