Superb Herbs To Keep Spiders At Bay This Autumn!

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A spokesman for said: “September sees the beginning of the spider mating season, so people will find more spiders in their home than usual. It is usually the male species that they see out and about looking for partners to mate with.

“There are some useful household items such as herbs which are traditionally used for cooking which also repel spiders, so people may already have these at home and available to begin to defend their home from these unwanted creepy-crawlies.”

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Basil is a popular herb used in the kitchen for a range of dishes, but insects don’t like it. It is a good idea to consider keeping a basil plant in a pot to keep spiders away. Ants, mosquitoes and houseflies also dislike this plant.

Homegrown and aromatic herbs in old clay pots. Set of culinary herbs. Green growing sage, oregano, thyme, savory, mint and oregano with labels;

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Mint is another herb which repels spiders and other bugs. It is another plant which is popular for a range of recipes in the kitchen so is widely used in households up and down the UK. Buying a mint plant will also provide a fresh scent in the home and help deter bugs at the same time.

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Chrysanthemums are a useful ally to help discourage spiders from the home or garden. This plant has flowers which spiders don’t like. So it could be an idea to grow these flowers at home or buy some of them to display inside.

Cinnamon is a spice with an aroma that spiders don’t like, among other insects. Homeowners and tenants can consider choosing products such as cinnamon spice itself, or cinnamon essential oil which these insects hate.

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Onions are a popular staple for many recipes in the kitchen and are another natural item that spiders don’t like. There is an added benefit to growing onions as they can be off-putting for the critters in your garden, too!

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Lavender is a scent which deters spiders, so investing in a lavender plant inside the home or garden, or maybe a lavender scented candle, can help protect you from these pests.

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Moira Chisholm

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