SPIDER season is upon us - and most people aren't fans of sharing their homes with eight-legged guests.

Scientists are reporting a larger than normal number of spiders lurking in British homes this autumn.

Lucy Askew, spokesperson for www.Hillarys.co.uk, has five top tips for those wanting to avoid any unwanted arachnid house guests. 

She said: "The mixture of the warm and wet summer months we experienced this year, combined with the recent temperature drop within the UK, have led to a large influx in the number of spiders migrating indoors due to the near perfect breeding ground for insects that they feed on.

“Whilst it is near impossible to completely eradicate the chance of findings spiders in your home at this time of year, there are a number of proven preventative measures to ensure the number you spot are kept to a minimum."

1. Natural spider deterrents

Spiders detest the smell of citrus fruits, so try placing slices of fresh lemon or lime or rubbing the peel across your windowsills and doors as a natural bug repellent. If lemon isn’t the scent for you, you could also try some essential oils, like peppermint, cinnamon or tea tree oil to keep the spiders away. Alternatively, a water and vinegar spray will have a similar effect at deterring spiders, especially when applied into any cracks or crevices in your home that spiders are likely to lurk and want to lay their eggs.

2. Keep windows closed

Spiders are typically nocturnal creatures that aim to search out a warm atmosphere once the sun sets in order to find food and mating opportunities. If you, or anyone else you live with, is in the habit of keeping a bedroom window open when you sleep, despite the recent drop in temperatures, it’s definitely worth keeping them closed for the foreseeable future and relying on a fan to stay cool at night!

3. Stay on top of your cleaning

It’s simple logic really; spiders are looking for bugs and flies that they can eat, and these are not going to be as present in a house that is as clean and tidy as possible. By keeping up to date on your dusting and hoovering, you are not only going to keep cobwebs at bay, you are also keeping spiders' food options to a minimum.  

4. Keep areas of bright light to a minimum 

Whilst spiders themselves aren’t attracted to the light (preferring darker and colder spots), the food they prey on are. So, keeping your garden lights switched off and your blinds or curtains shut to block out your homes appeal will help to reduce the number of spiders making their way to your windows and doors.

5. Get a cat

Whilst we’re not suggesting for one second buying yourself a cat for the pure reason of keeping spiders out of your home, if welcoming a feline friend has been something you’re considering, then the fact they are masters at spotting and catching spiders is just one of the many benefits of welcoming one into your family!