An entrepreneur “swears by” a peppermint oil which she says keeps spiders out of her home. The product, which is available at Asda, deters arachnids because it has a strong smell. Spiders are sensitive to strong odours as they smell through special sensory organs on their legs.
Spiders usually start to come out in early September, with their presence noticeable in homes until around mid-October as it is their mating season.
But the peppermint oil extract has been praised by many, including business owner Georgia Metcalfe.
Georgia, founder of luxury bedroom brand French Bedroom, told Yorkshire Live: “Worrying about spiders in our room can have a negative effect on our mindset, in turn reducing sleep and increasing stress levels. Following this tip will retain your bedroom as a peaceful sanctuary and prevent sleepless nights.
“I swear by these tips and recommend to anyone I know who has spider troubles. As they smell with their legs, pungent scents, essential oils and even lemon peel are great ways to keep spiders at bay for only a few pounds and without using chemicals.”
The oil, priced at £1.45, should be combined with water and then dropped into washing.
Georgia, from West Sussex, has shared exactly how to use the oil.
Combine with water to make a spray
Create a spray mixture of a few drops of peppermint oil with water and a dash of white vinegar. Spritz this lightly onto the inside of curtains and corners of carpets. Be careful not to spray directly onto furniture to avoid damage. Remember to re-spray every week for the smell to stay strong.
Add a few drops to washing
We recommend putting some drops into your washing machine with fabric softener to slightly infuse your clothes and bed sheets. This is a great way to keep them out of your bed, armoire and wardrobe while also providing a soothing scent to help you sleep.
Soak items with it
You can also place a few drops of oil onto a cotton ball or soak some conkers and tuck them away in the corner of your chest of drawers or windowsills.
Use a diffuser
For a more luxurious way of using peppermint oil, purchase an oil diffuser for your bedroom. The scent will fill the room and deter spiders from entering.
Rub it into your drawers
To keep the creepy crawlies out from your chest of drawers, rub 2-3 droplets of the oil onto the raw side of the wood, preferably in a back corner. This will keep the spiders out while also making your clothes smell fresh.