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Cleaning fans reveal how they keep spiders away from the home – from using conkers to lavender oil

conkered issue?

TERRIFED of spiders and wish there was a way to ban them from your house for good?

Cleaning fans have been sharing their top hacks for keeping pesky arachnids at bay, including hiding conkers around your home.

A terrified woman begged on Facebook for advice on keeping the eight-legged visitors out of her home – after her lavender spray stopped working.

Numerous people were quick to suggest the old wives’ tale of strategically placing horse chestnuts under sofas and on window ledges to deter them from nesting inside.

It has been thought the chemical saponin found in conkers is an effective spider repellent, but this hasn’t been scientifically proved.

The woman pleaded for help in the Facebook group We Love Mrs Hinch, and wrote: “SPIDERS!!! How does everyone cope? I already use lavender but it’s stopped working.”

One fan wrote: “Conkers. We collect fresh conkers each year and have them in bowls in the rooms. It really helps a lot.”

Another added: “Conkers in little dishes or vases hidden all over the house.”

Meanwhile another homeowner said they had trained their cats to kill spiders.

And another suggestion was to put oils with citrus or mint scents around the house, and to move plants outside.

One person wrote: “Few drops of peppermint oil mixed with water in a spray bottle, spray around windows and outside doors etc, you won't see them again.”

German chemist Hartmut Foerster described the chemical as “toxic” to insects, although spiders aren’t insects, and other people say it gives a smell that repels spiders.

Dr Geoff Oxford of the British Arachnological Society said the Royal Society of Chemists debunked the conker myth in 2010.

Pupils of Roselyon Primary School in Cornwall won a prize from the RSC that year for their informal study showing that spiders were not phased by conkers.

In the study, the kids placed spiders in boxes with conkers and found the arachnids climbed over the seeds.

And they were also placed in a water tank with the choice of a wooden or conkers bridge, and many chose the conkers bridge.

Spiders tend to flock to shelter in late summer and early autumn to find a mate and prepare for the winter.

Giant house spiders tend to eye up breeding grounds under the nation's sofas and beds as the spider-nesting season starts.

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.

Your home serves as a warm, dry place, ideal for the creepy-crawlies to seek comfort - and there's a surprising number of different species of them in Britain.
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