SPIDER season is in full swing – with households across the country already facing an invasion of the creepy crawlies.
Rather than wait until they're scuttling across your bedroom floor or lurking in your bath, there are steps you can take to keep them out of your home completely.
Mike Norton, Trade and Projects Director at Magnet Trade, explained that spiders need water and moisture to survive with sinks and dishwashers "drawing them in".
But the spider expert has revealed one simple hack to deter them – and it costs you pennies.
"Rub lemon peels all over the windowsills or anywhere spiders tend to perch, such as on skirting boards and bookshelves", he said.
"The strong citrus scent will repel them away and give your home a lovely fresh scent.
"This is one of the easiest and most effective tricks.
"Supermarkets charge anything from £5-£11 for spider repellent.
"But using houseplants and lemons to do the work for you is not only cheaper, but the chemical-free method makes your home look and smell amazing."
With a four-pack of lemons costing just 55p in Aldi, the hack works out at 14p a go.
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But lemons aren't the only food that works – as spiders hate cinnamon too.
Mike said dotting cinnamon sticks around your home or burning scented candles will have them "packing in no time".
He added: "This isn’t just a scent for autumn and Christmas! The strong scent of cinnamon is perfect for keeping spiders away.
" If cinnamon isn’t your preferred scent, any candle that contains citronella will do the trick.
"You can make your own budget-friendly and natural spider repellent by mixing an essential oil (approx. 20 drops) and water in a spray bottle.
"Spray corners of your home or any moist areas that attract the insects. The best essential oils to use are tea tree, lavender, peppermint, citrus and cinnamon."
Mike also advises you to seal up any cracks or openings around windows and doors to stop spiders creeping in.
And keeping your home clean and tidy can make all the difference, as it reduces the chance of a spider putting up a web.
"Cleaning away dust is also really important as it is small insects and food particles that attract spiders inside", he said.
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