Common 20p household item that stops spiders from invading your home in mating season

By Zahna Eklund & Kieran Murray

It's September, which means we're going to see rising numbers of spiders coming into our homes.

As Autumn hits and temperatures begin to fall, eight-legged guests start creeping into our homes for mating season.

But if the creepy crawlies aren't paying rent, you'd be forgiven for wanting to banish them from your home.

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One way of doing it is by using lemons because, for some reason, spiders can’t stand the smell of citrus.

That’s right, you can keep spiders out of your home using nothing more than a lemon – and you don’t even need to waste the fruit, as just the peel is enough to send them running, apparently.

According to Expert Home Tips, rubbing lemon peel over your windowsills, bookshelves, and anywhere else you usually find spiders will help move them along and out of your home, with the added benefit of smelling fantastic.

Lemon can also be a great way to keep spiders out of basements and garages, as rubbing the peel along skirting boards and door frames should have the same outcome, writes the Mirror.

Lemons can come in handy for getting rid of spiders from your home (Getty Images)

If you don’t like the smell of lemon, or you want to try a different approach, here are some other ways you can banish spiders from your home.

Peppermint

One of the most talked about tips for keeping spiders at bay is mixing peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle, which you can then spray in corners of your home to deter the pests.

A TikTok user shared a hack and received rave reviews when she suggested spraying the solution on windows and doors.

She said: “For all of you that do not like spiders, this is a hack.

"You can put peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the outside of doors, window frames - they'll stay out of your house."

Vinegar

You can also achieve the same result as the peppermint trick with white vinegar diluted in water.

Although this version of the trick does smell worse than the mint approach, the stench of the vinegar should disappear as soon as it dries.

Lavender

Once again, filling a spray bottle with warm water and adding lavender oil alongside washing up liquid can help to send spiders scurrying out of your home.

The eight-legged creatures can’t stand the smell of lavender, so they’ll be sent packing - with the added benefit of making your home smell great to humans.

Conkers

This tip isn’t actually scientifically proven, but many people across the world swear by placing conkers in the corners of their home.

It’s thought the conkers – also called horse chestnuts – release a noxious chemical that will cause a spider to curl up and die within just one day of them coming into contact with it.

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