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By Damilola Faustino

Most species of spider are harmless to humans but if you’re one of the many people who doesn’t like to share their home with them (like Ron Weasley), follow these top tips for keeping arachnids at away:

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Essential oils

Spiders are repelled by strong scents that many of us already use as home fragrances. Peppermint oil is a particularly perfect solution. Just add 15 to 20 drops of the essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water and spritz around the house.

Orange Peels

Spiders tend to have an adversity to citrus scents, which is why using orange peels can be a safe and effective way to keep spiders at away. You can actually use the peels of any citrus fruit, like lemons or grapefruit, but oranges are probably the easiest.

Vinegar

Fill a spray bottle with half white vinegar and half water and spray in corners, cracks and crevices to ward off spiders. Be careful to avoid varnished surfaces as vinegar can be somewhat harsh on their appearance.

Get cleaning

Spiders like to have places to hide and one of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your house neat and tidy through regular tidying and cleaning.

Turn off your lights

While light itself doesn’t attract spiders, it does attract the insects that spiders feast on so turn off the outside lights to prevent spiders coming near the house. Stop indoor lights from shining through outdoors by using opaque blinds and shades. If you do need to keep the lights on, use yellow sodium vapour lights as these are less likely to attract insects.

Garlic

Known for its powerful repelling properties, it turns out that spiders don’t like the smell of this pungent bulb. Depending on how strong a scent you yourself can cope with, either put whole cloves or crushed cloves into a spray bottle filled with water and use to scent the corners, floors and skirting boards of any room prone to receiving unwanted guests.

Onion

Slice up some onions, toss them in a bowl of water, and then place the bowl where spiders are entering your home to keep them out.

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