How to spider-proof your bathroom as arachnids mating season ramps up again

Spider mating season is upon us once again.

The weather at this time of year is cold and wet and the eight-legged critters prefer to do their business in the warmth of our homes.

But unfortunately for those that love to take a shower as part of their morning routine, a hotspot for spiders is in the bathroom.

George Holland, fromVictorian Plumbingtold Manchester Evening News: "Like all species, spiders need water to survive.

"That’s why they are drawn to your bathroom, especially in these more arid times of the year as a bathroom can be the only place to find some moisture."

Nonetheless, spiders are mostly harmless and at most cause a minor inconvenience – although it's not nice knowing they're watching you while having a scrub.

If it's really a deal-breaker having spiders in your bathroom, Mr Holland has created an expert guide to preventing spiders from getting in your bathroom.

’Spiders have to get in our homes some way, so starting by sealing any cracks or openings around your windows and doors will reduce the chances of an initial invasion.

‘’Spiders hide in corners and tight spaces because they don’t like to be in the open. Keeping your bathroom organised and clean will reduce the chance of a spider putting up a web and cleaning will remove the dust and other small insects and food particles that attract the spiders inside.

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‘’A drop of essential oil is enough to deter a spider. You can make your own spider repellent by mixing essential oil (approx. 20 drops) and water in a spray bottle. Spray corners of your bathroom or any moist areas that are likely to attract the insects.’’

The best essential oils to use for your repellent are:

  • Tea Tree

  • Lavender

  • Peppermint

  • Citrus

  • Cinnamon

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He added: ‘’You can use the repellent to target specific spider prone areas but to target the whole room, use an air freshener or a candle that contains citronella. Place one in your bathroom and let it work its magic.

‘’This is a favourite trick of mine. Rub lemon peels all over the windowsills or anywhere spiders may try and perch like behind the toilet or cabinets. The citrus will repel them and will give your bathroom a nice scent.

‘’Plants such as mint, lemongrass or eucalyptus will not only elevate your bathroom interior but they will help warn off spiders as they hate these kinds of aromas."

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