Experts say that “the number of giant house spiders creeping into UK homes is set to rise after the hot wet summer weather”. (BBC News, 22.08.15 – we’d link you to the article, but it’s full of graphic spider pictures!)
We have had a fantastic 557 entries with some brilliant suggestions from participants. Quite a few parents would willingly sacrifice their children and quite a few children would rather hide and wait for their parents. Several dogs also appear to be trained to catch spiders for a biscuit reward and the hoover is often used.
Here is a selection of some of our favourite suggestions and please be careful and do not try them all at home as some may not be safe!
I’m so scared I’ll get random strangers off the street to come in and catch them for me. I won’t even go to bed if there’s one on my landing!
Let my snake out!
Move to my mother’s!
My poor daughter has to get rid of them for me bless her. She’s only 7!
Pay my daughter to get rid of the ones she isn’t scared of and she is only 10…
My wife always gets me to get rid of them even though she hates them. I have to show her I have it in my hand before putting it outside.
Start sweating and batter it with a shoe.
They’re usually in the bath so I hang a towel over the edge, let them crawl onto it then shake it out of a window – keeping hold of the towel of course!
Put them outside. Never kill them they helped in the war clean wounds.
Ask my partner to remove humanely whilst I scream blue murder!
Call my dad up crying cause I use to hoover them till I realised they actually came back out!
Catch them with my hands like a real man does!
Fetch neighbour while screaming.
Get Daddy to get them for me!
Hide until my mam comes home, she then sets it free outside kicking and screaming!!
Hyperventilate, become hysterical, drag people off the street to rescue me.
I freeze and go into a cold sweat then scream not a pleasant sight!
I once got trapped by one in the garage so I fashioned a flamethrower with a can of wd40 and a lighter … problem solved! 😉
I spray them with cleaning fluids, then they shrivel up & then I hoover them up. I feel terrible afterwards though.
Now that we’re into September, there’s no use denying that the dreaded spider season is once again upon us, when our 8 legged friends descend upon our homes to escape the cold outside. Over the last week or so alone I’ve had to catch about 5 of the things, and they just seem to be getting bigger and bigger! Luckily there are now a number of different ways to help protect against these invaders.
If you’re looking for something a bit less up close and personal than the classic cup + paper technique, you could try out a spider catcher, or spider vacuum, which won’t hurt the spider, but more importantly keeps the thing at arms length! These little contraptions are great to have ready to hand, and can also be used for hoovering up any other unwanted house-guests you may come across.
However, this still may be too close for comfort for some people (myself included!), and so there are also a number of defences you can put up to protect your home. Why not spray spider repellent around window frames and other entrances to create a natural barrier that is environmentally friendly and won’t harm the creatures. Or if you have a real infestation of spiders and other creepy crawlies, you can clear the whole area in one go with a smoke fumigator – perfect for attics and garages, although maybe a little heavy duty for most cases!
Perhaps the most effective way to guarantee whole-house protection is to opt for an ultrasonic spider repeller. This device works in two ways to help clear your house of spiders, and stop them coming back! It uses ultrasonic sound waves thought to be extremely uncomfortable for spiders and other crawling insects to drive them from your home; kind of like nails scraping on a chalkboard constantly. It also uses electromagnetic waves that turn the wiring of your home into one giant repeller- anywhere near a wire will be protected! Sounds perfect no? It is thought electromagneticism affects their nervous system, making them flee your home. Additionally, you can also get smaller, battery-powered repellers – perfect for greenhouses, sheds, attics etc.
So, you no longer need to live in fear of the 8 legged freaks! Take back control of your home, and enjoy a stress-free, spider-free Autumn.