It’s official, spider season has arrived.
As temperatures cool and autumn arrives, our eight-legged friends tend to make the pilgrimage from the bottom of our gardens into our cosy homes.
Professor Adam Hart, a biologist at the University of Gloucestershire has said a lot of the larger house spiders people are seeing currently are male.
“They are seeking females,” he explains. “Their wanderings take them to the sorts of places females like to hang out – and that tends to include our houses.”
Spider season starts between late August and early September, he says, which explains why you might keep finding them in your house right now. Annoyingly, it’s still warm enough for us to have our windows and doors open – so it’s easy for them to sneak inside.
But you shouldn’t be worried, he said, as it’s a totally natural part of the annual cycle and happens every year.
In short: there’s no stopping them – so here’s what to do if you find them.
How to get rid of spiders?
If you’re nervous about the number of spiders coming indoors, there are a few ways you can try to get rid of them.
The most humane way is to use the old faithful cup and paper trick.
Simply place a cup or glass over where the spider is, then slowly slide a piece of paper underneath the spider so it’s trapped inside the glass. Then, take it outside and release it into the wild.
It might also be a good time to have a tidy up, as spiders gravitate towards piles of clothes on the floor or cluttered areas.
Supposedly, conkers scare off spiders. Unfortunately, there’s no proof this is true. The story goes that conkers contain a noxious chemical that repels spiders but no-one’s ever been able to scientifically prove it.
There’s hearsay that if a spider gets close to a conker it will curl its legs up and die within one day. Others say spiders will happily crawl over conkers with no ill effects at all.