September has brought the start of spider mating season to our homes, so you may have noticed a lot more around than usual.
During the autumn, male arachnids go searching for a mate and often end up in our warm homes.
But there is a natural way to keep spiders out of your home.
Rather than trying chemical solutions, you can turn to plants to help.
Online garden centre Primrose revealed a list of houseplants that naturally repel the critters.
Gardening expert Evie Lane told The Sun that most plants that spiders hate have strong smells that they don’t like, but humans love.
She said: ““There’s many old-wives’ tales about how conkers can repel spiders – but many don’t know that a lot of fragrant plants can do just that.
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“Most spider-deterring plants have a strong odour since aromatic plants are generally more effective at repelling insects – but they still smell great in your home too.”
Seven plants to keep spiders away
The citrus smell of this plant will be overpowering to spiders.
It is part of the mint family.
The experts recommend taking a cutting and adding it to water before spraying the solution around your home to keep spiders at bay.
Basil is great for keeping in your kitchen to add to a variety of dishes.
But it is also good at repelling spiders, and also other bugs including ants, houseflies and mosquitos.
The strong smell of lavender may be appealing to us, but not spiders.
Fresh mint leaves can also be used to deter spiders.
Again you can make a spray with the leaves to get into the areas where they may enter your home.
Rosemary is another herb that spiders cannot stand the intense aroma of.
The scent of eucalyptus should also repel spiders from your home.
The final plant which can help keep spiders away are Chrysanthemums.
They contain pyrethrum – an ingredient often used in natural insect repellents.
All sorts of bugs hate it, including ants, ticks, fleas, spider mites, cockroaches and bed bugs.