Large and small spiders will soon invade your home when the mating season begins. Every fall, when the weather cools, eight-legged insects begin to appear indoors. Nearly one in five Britons suffer from arachnophobia, and as there are over 650 different species of spiders in the UK, all biting, it is not surprising that some people struggle with the spider invasion that occurs from September to October each year. So how can you protect your home from arachnids in this spider season?
When do spiders enter indoors?
Each year, eight-legged creatures begin to invade your home while looking for a mate.
Professor Adam Hart, an entomologist at Gloucestershire University, researched the seasonal cycle of spiders.
He says about 80 percent of the spider's people foresee running around their homes, men seeking mates and women indoors.
Professor Hart said: “It has to do with the time of year. It is the mating season of spiders.
He added: “Females can be seen in the webs in garages and window sills, while men roam around looking for chances to mate.
"And of course our homes are nice places for them to come and do it."
David Cross, head of Rentokil Pest Control's technical training academy, said: “Spiders are environmentally friendly, and most species found in the UK are not dangerous and are not considered pests.
"However, any animal found where it is unwanted can be seen as a pest."
How to protect your home from spiders?
Most spiders are not harmful to humans.
Although all spider species can bite, their prey is often too small to pierce human skin, so no damage is done.
Fortunately, of the 650 species of spiders in the UK, only 12 of them can cause harm to humans.
Several remedies to keep spiders out of your home have been suggested over the years, such as placing conkers or ostrich eggs in the corners of the rooms.
However, there is no scientific evidence that any of these holds spiders.
The main way to keep your home free of spiders is to keep it clean and tidy, thus limiting the number of places a spider can hide inside your home.
Professor Hart said: “Keeping windows and doors closed can help. But spiders still seem to find their way almost anywhere. "
Cross said the top five ways to keep spiders out of your home are:
1. Vacuum regularly – high and low
Be sure to vacuum thoroughly, including protected locations such as under benches and behind cabinets and sofas.
2. Remove visible webs
Remove cobwebs regularly and check ceiling corners, frames and mirrors.
3. Fill in the blanks
Wherever possible, fill in gaps between walls, pipes, and under doors, which can help prevent entry.
4. Remove protection locations
Spiders look for areas where they can hide, such as piles of firewood, garden bags and any compost piles, remove them to eliminate the problem.
5. Determine all insects
The best way to avoid all insects is to control their lighting. Insects are attracted to light, especially flies and moths, ideal prey for spiders.