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Spiders… even typing the word makes us shudder.

Funny how the smallest and spindliest of creature can invoke blood-curdling fear into even the boldest of humans.

What’s worse is these eight-legged creepers are actually more visible in autumn and winter as they come out of their hiding places to try and find a mate.

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So how do we get rid of these unwanted housemates?

Well, alike to most home-based issues, the fan base of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch may just have the answer.

Posting on the Facebook group We Love Mrs Hinch, which sees tips shared in a forum of people who are fans of the social media cleaning star, a woman asked: “SPIDERS!!! How does everyone cope?

“I already use lavender but it’s stopped working."

Other fans were quick to respond with advice, with one suggesting that she perhaps try a different type of essential oil.

She commented: "Few drops of peppermint oil mixed with water in a spray bottle, spray around windows and outside doors etc, you won't see them again."

Another woman suggested a different method; using conkers to deter the arachnid invaders.

She wrote: "Conkers. We collect fresh conkers each year and have them in bowls in the rooms. It really helps a lot."

While a second affirmed this, adding: "Conkers in little dishes or vases hidden all over the house."

But what do experts advise?

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Well an article on healthline.com suggest that you should first declutter your homes, especially spaces that are dark, cool and dry as “spiders love calling these spots home”.

Next they suggest sealing up cracks and entry points so “no new spiders will be able to get in.”

Another tactic is to set up glue traps at spider entry points to your home, or using a bug spray or pesticide dust.

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Alternatively you can create your own spray “with liquid dish soap, water, and essential oils.

“Some people have found that citrus-based, tea tree, lavender, neem, or peppermint essential oils work to deter spiders.”

If you spritz this into cracks and crevices it will indeed deter the spiders from coming back.

And obviously, if all else fails, hire a pest control specialist.

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