The UK is finally heading towards the colder months of autumn after an unseasonal heatwave at the beginning of September. This is great news for all those who love the colder months, but if you don’t like insects and spiders, it may be less fun for you.
Discover our latest podcast
Now that autumn is finally here, this also means that bugs and spiders will be seeker shelter from the cold in people’s homes. There is one particular spider that people should be aware of as is it a ‘sex-crazed’ spider.
So where exactly in your home will you find this eight-legged creature and how can you avoid them entering? Lucky for you, we have all the answers.
‘Sex-crazed’ spiders entering homes
As reported by LadBible, ‘sex-crazed’ spiders will likely be entering people’s homes as the weather turns colder. These ‘hand-sized’ spiders are looking to mate, it is typically the male spiders that are actively roaming around in search of a partner. On the other hand, the females usually stay in places like window sills, waiting.
According to Professor Adam Hart, who is an Entomologist at the University of Gloucestershire, these spiders are ‘harmless’.
So where are these creatures hiding? Professor Adam Hart explained to themanc.com, that can hide in towels that have been left outside as well as under the clothes you may have left on the floor, so it is best to keep a tidy home, as to limit their hiding places:
There's nearly always a way to get in the house, they can also come in through things like towels that are left outside. Keeping your house tidy and keeping clothes off the floor may reduce places for them to hide, but it’s very difficult to keep them out.
How to keep spiders out of your home
Even though having spiders in your home can be beneficial - they keep other insects out - not everyone enjoys having eight-legged creatures running around the house.
But don’t worry, there are ways to help keep the spiders out of your home. As reported by Mirror, TikToker @plant.based.kate explained that all you need is an 89p tub of Vapour Rub (yes the stuff you rub on your chest when you’re ill)!
The TikToker, who admits she is scared of spiders, reveals that you simply rub the Vapour Rub - or Olbas oil - into your windowsills and door frames.
Spiders have little taste buds in their feet and they hate mint so when they taste the mint, they won't come in, it's a really ethical way to stop spiders from getting in your house.
Mirror: ‘Where huge 'sex crazed' UK spiders crawl in your home to mate - and how to banish them’
LadBible: ‘How to deal with sex-crazed spiders that will raid UK homes this month’
Themanc.com: ‘Huge ‘sex-crazed’ spiders will soon invade UK homes as mating season starts’