While many of us look forward to September and relish the changing of the seasons, it’s a time of year that also sees an influx of spiders in our homes.
In the summer months, these critters are happy enough to stay outside where they belong, but they like to head inside where it’s warmer when the weather turns, and the end of summer in the UK marks the start of their mating season.
If you’re looking for ways to keep the little guys at bay this autumn, there are plenty of spider-repelling plants to choose from that can help keep them away from your windows, doors, nooks, and crannies.
Evie Lane, gardening expert at Primrose, pointed out that most of the plants out there that spiders hate have strong smells which, while not appealing to creepy crawlies, should smell great to you.
She added: ‘The best preventative measure for spiders also starts outside of the home. By keeping the exterior of your home free of any debris and picking up any leaves and woodpiles, you’re clearing any potential hideouts for spiders.
‘That means they won’t be lurking near your home come mating season.’
The team at Primrose has put together more plant recommendations for anyone looking to minimise the spiders they have to deal with this autumn.
Spiders don’t like mint, but you don’t need mint plants all over your house for it to have an effect.
You can also put some mint leaves in water in a spray bottle and after the leaves have had a chance to sit in the water a while, spray the entry points of your home.
Not only does a basil plant come in handy when cooking, but it’s also useful for keeping creepy crawlies away, including not just spiders, but ants, summer houseflies, and mosquitos too.
The experts at Primrose say basil plants like to get direct sunlight for four to five hours a day, so they’ll do great in a well-positioned kitchen window.
They also recommend mixing basil leaves with witch hazel to make a DIY bug spray that you can spray on things like windows and doors before wiping them down.
Another kitchen staple, this herb likes to be grown inside the house.
This is because it’s less resistant to the cold, so keeping it somewhere warm in your home is ideal.
Lavender’s relaxing smell might be lovely for humans, but spiders aren’t so keen.
You can take cuttings of the plant to hang in and around your house to help ward them off.
The team at Primrose said chrysanthemums contain pyrethrum, which is an ingredient often used in natural insect repellents.
Not only do spiders hate it, but ants, ticks, fleas, spider mites, cockroaches and bed bugs do too.
Eucalyptus is another plant that works well when sprigs of it are hung around your house, with many on TikTok taking to hanging it in their bathrooms where the smell can mix with the steam.
This is another plant that you can mix with witch hazel and water to make your own bug spray to mist your house with.
The team at Primrose said there’s a reason why allotment keepers have been putting marigolds next to their vegetable plants for generations.
These bright, friendly plants repel a swathe of pests including spiders and snails, so they come in handy both inside the home and out.
To any who do come across any spiders in their houses, the team at Primrose pointed out that killing the little critters can impact the environment since they eat pests that devour crops, such as aphids and caterpillars.
If you can, it’s worth investing in a good, cruelty-free spider catcher, so you can send them on their way.