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Spiders are most likely to enter your home in the autumn in search of a warm place to spend the winter.
The best advice, in general, is to leave them alone. This can be difficult for the millions of people who have a real fear of spiders.
Majority of spider infestations are more of an annoyance – particularly their webs. However, on occasions, more serious situations can occur. One example of this is the False Widow spider (the common name for a group of species in the genus Steatoda), where there is potential for harm from their bites.
Rentokil offers a 'peace of mind' spider inspection and monitoring service aimed at identifying specific spider species that may be harmful.
The most effective way to control spiders is to limit their food source. This should include clearing away dead flies, woodlice, millipedes, centipedes and other crawling insects.
Vacuum regularly, high and low - particularly sheltered spots such as beneath worktops, backs of cupboards or under/behind large furniture.
Remove noticeable webs - on a regular basis.
Fill in gaps - in walls, around pipework and under doors to deter entry.
Remove sheltering sites - like firewood piles, garden bags, compost piles and general clutter from near your property.
Deter all insects - use lighting in a way that is less attractive to the insects (flies) that spiders feed on.