September is the month when spiders begin to enter the warmth of homes to mate. As temperatures drop outside, Britons are more likely to spot the eight-legged creatures crawling around their property.
Although most house spiders in the UK are relatively harmless, for people with arachnophobia the concept of sharing their space with the creatures can be daunting.
Spiders are a crucial part of the ecosystem, helping to eliminate household pests and benefiting your garden, so you should avoid killing them.
However, there are humane ways to deter spiders from making themselves comfortable in certain rooms of your home.
TikTok users Rosanna and Killian from @that_van_jolene discovered a handy hack that they claim can get rid of spiders “almost overnight”.
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Both men were surprised at how well the hack worked, admitting they didn’t think it would work at first.
In a video posted on their TikTok account, Killian explained, “If you don’t like spiders, this is a hack you’ll love.
“We saw this trick online and didn’t think it would work, but it does.
“Put some peppermint oil in a diffuser at home and almost overnight you’ll be spider-free.”
“Another theory concerns the monoterpenoids found in essential oils. Almost all essential oils contain them to some degree.”
According to a study published in the Journal of insect Science in 2010, monoterpenoids are fumigants that may play a role in keeping spiders and other insects at bay.
If you don’t have a diffuser handy, spray a mixture of water and peppermint oil in areas of your home that spiders commonly frequent to repel them.
You can make a spider deterrent by mixing about five drops of peppermint oil in a 16-ounce spray bottle.