Hi Mystic Moments, to be perfectly honest, conkers just aren't cutting it. I suffer from arachnophobia, so this certainly isn't good news. What else can keep these spiders at bay?
Mary Watson, 23 from London.
What a name! What are the chances?! Mary Jane is that you? Has Peter finally pushed you over the edge? Did he finally get caught up in his web of lies? A conker to the head wasn't enough to get him out? I knew that pesky web-slinger was no good! Lucky for you Mary, I have many ways to keep Spiderman and his army of creepy crawlies out. I have to remind you that 'fair' is my middle name so I have to tell you the positives that spiders can bring (shouldn't take long). Following that, I will provide you with some easy solutions that will show these Arachnids who is BOSS!
Operation Spider Spiders! 😱 At this time of the year they seem to be all over the place, these slimy little creatures seem to have the elegance and grace of a ballerina as they creep up from behind you (or above), as they slide down their string of web, very similar to a fireman sliding down his pole. With so many of us having a fear of creepy crawlies, it's no wonder they're not greeted with open arms. But what do you do to prevent them from coming in your home? Or how to get rid of the ones that have already made camp? Simple really, get out the cricket bat and get swinging...
For those rummaging around for a cricket bat, I was only joking. Before you begin 'Operation Spider', have you considered if they're really as bad as they seem? Granted, they aren't the cutest things in the world, most things with eight legs aren't, but they can be useful. While they’re present in the home throughout the year, late summer and early autumn are when they like to roam. This is when they want a bit of the spotlight, after all, it is mating season. It’s at this time of year that male spiders will frolic around in search of a mate.
Keep that in mind when you want to get rid of them, you could be preventing love at first sight. No wonder there is a mutual aversion between Spiders and Humans, they dislike you just as much as you dislike them. They're trying to get a date, and you're simply cramping their style. They spend night and day spinning a web in a vacated area because they don't want to tread on any toes. All they want to do is impress the chicks, and you bring it all down in one fell swoop. Who's the bully now huh?
If you don't like spiders, I doubt you like other insects. Now, this is where the spiders come into their own. I know their beady little eyes may make you feel a tad unsettled, but I prefer them to stinky, annoying flies. At least spiders are quiet and usually tend to avoid landing on you or even worse orbiting your head. My spider lair at home is the perfect flycatcher; flies are the creatures with the beady eyes you want to watch out for. A single spider can chew through thousands of insects in a given year, and they’re capable of being the perfect deterrent for houseflies and other pests. For this reason alone, they’re good to have around
I doubt this has swayed many of your opinions about spiders, especially you Mary my arachnophobe. In this case, let's begin, operation spider! This is one thing that Cats certainly trump Dogs on, they love to hunt a spider. Just as spiders prey upon houseflies, cats prey upon spiders. It's a vicious cycle, and it's the circle of life. They’ll take particular pleasure in chasing them around, beating and eating them, even when you’re not there to see. Maybe not this cat...
While they may not be able to defeat all of them, if there is one scurrying across the floor, they may be able to catch it for you. Just use caution, if you have poisonous spiders in your home; these can harm your pets. If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen! With all of this said, only some cats will take their job seriously. Then you get into the politics of it, they may argue they aren't paid enough, or the hours are unfair or the classic, there 'heart' isn't in it anymore. Based on this, the services of a cat can never be relied upon.
It's time for you to become a Spiderbuster and this is all you need. Essential oils. Yes! Essential oils! Let's avoid the commercial pesticides that contain horrible chemicals and use some natural repellents. From the top of my head, the most effective essential oils are Cinnamon, Citrus (Lemon, Lime, Orange, you get the idea), Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint & Tea tree. Spiders absolutely hate the smell of strong scents, so let's respect all of God's creations and merely try to repel these eight-legged demons.
Out of all the essential oils mentioned, Peppermint is the king. For spiders, it is hands down their Kryptonite and unfortunately for them, Mystic Moments have gallons of the stuff! Mwahahahaha!
All you need is an empty spray bottle, preferably use a 500ml bottle and add approximately 15-20 drops of the oil to the bottle and top it up with water, you can add a few more drops of oil if you would like a stronger scent. But remember, a little goes a long way. Dilution is vital to make sure the spray won't irritate the skin of people or pets. Pop the lid on and give it a good shake. Spray around window edges and any air vents, wall edges and any other spider prone areas.
You can also soak cotton balls with peppermint essential oil and place them strategically throughout your house, like an epic game of chess. Give up on the conkers and make some peppermint cotton balls.
Mary, this should solve your Spider issues. You don't have to use peppermint, or you could even spruce it up and add it a bit of lemon too to make your home smell lovely, killing two birds with one stone (not literally). The power is in your hands; hopefully, this will stop Spiderman flying through your window.
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Peace out and God Bless x