Giant house spiders are back and crawling back into our homes when winter approaches.
Here’s what we know to get rid of them.
What are giant house spiders?
Many different species of spiders will invade our homes this fall, but this giant house spider is the one that you will see the most often.
The giant house spider lives in sheds, attics, houses, and outbuildings.
It can survive for several months without food or water.
They can be seen all year round, but mate in the fall.
Although known as the “giant spider”, this spider is not the largest in the UK.
The cardinal spider is the largest spider in the British Isles.
Also known as Tegenaria parietina, some of these spiders have a leg span of 12 cm.
How long do giant house spiders live?
It usually lives two or three years, but lifetimes of up to six years have been observed.
While the female only leaves the nest to eat, males can often be seen wandering around the houses in late summer and early autumn in search of a partner.
This so-called “spider season” usually starts in the first two weeks of September and ends in the first week of October.
How to Get Rid of Giant House Spiders in the UK
Keeping your house clean is the most effective way to deter spiders. Dust and vacuum any cobwebs or egg sacs (which are spherical in shape and often hidden in the web) that are waiting to hatch.
Spiders will return less eagerly when their offspring and habitats have been removed. Doing this as soon as you spot them will make cleaning up a lot easier.
Top of the list and perhaps the easiest (and most fragrant) is to use peppermint oil to scare off our eight-legged friends.
After you’ve cleaned your home, you can mix up a two-part solution by adding about 20 drops of peppermint oil to a bottle of water.
Just pour this into a spray bottle and splash all over your house.
In addition, citrus fruits and eucalyptus are also good alternatives.
You can peel lemons and oranges and leave the peel in places where spiders might hide to scare them off, but replace them regularly as the flavor won’t last forever.
How to keep giant house spiders out of your home
Sealing any cracks, crevices, and crevices that allow access to the interior of the home is an important way to prevent giant house spiders from migrating into the structure.
Use a vacuum cleaner or broom to remove the spiders, webs, and egg shells, and make sure the giant house spider’s food sources are kept to a minimum.
It is important to remove all rough edges, cleaning up is also an important preventive measure.