Urban Myth: Do Conkers Get Rid of Spiders?
If you’ve seen a few spiders scurrying around your home, you might turn to the internet to tell you how to get rid of them. You’ll see all sorts of suggestions like make an essential oil spray, buy a cat, and place conkers near entry points.
The jury is out on essential oils, and your feline friend might chase the odd spider but it probably won’t be able to single-handedly deal with an infestation. But what about conkers?
Do conkers get rid of spiders?
The myth goes that conkers contain a natural substance called saponin that repels spiders, and some websites even claim that leaving conkers around your home can kill spiders within a day. Unfortunately, there’s no evidence to back this up, so come the autumn, don’t be tempted to go out and collect conkers, you’ll be wasting your time.
If you have a spider infestation, there are far better ways to deal with it. Natural methods might seem preferable, but let’s face it, if they really worked, there’d be no need for professional pest control and products that actually do get rid of spiders.
How can I get rid of spiders in my home?
Deter insects that spiders feed on– where there are insects, you’ll find spiders that are looking for food. Keep your home clean and free from flies and other crawling insects that attract spiders.
Hoover thoroughly and often– hoover spots where spiders might choose to hide out like in the back of cupboards or under large items of furniture. These areas go undisturbed for long periods of time so they are perfect for spiders to shelter in.
Remove webs – if you notice webs when you are dusting, remove them regularly to make the area less attractive to spiders.
Fill in any gaps or cracks in your property where spiders can get in– pay attention to gaps around pipes and under doors.
Check outside– remove anything spiders might shelter under like piles or wood or clutter in your garden. Don’t make it easy for spiders to get into your home.
Get rid of spiders in your home the professional way
If you’ve noticed a few pesky spiders around your home, you might want to tackle them yourself. In this case, we would recommend checking out our Insectaclear C Insect Killer which is a professional strength spray that kills crawling or flying insects. It’s water-based so it won’t leave stains or an unpleasant chemical odour around your home.
If you have a spider infestation in your home, DIY treatment probably won’t be enough. This is the time to call in the professionals. We can come and eradicate an existing infestation as well as giving your expert advice on how to prevent the problem from happening again.