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It’s that time of year when creepy crawlies sneak into our homes. There’s nothing more worse than finding an eight-legged guest on the wall or in your cupboard.
Thankfully, Asda shoppers have found a solution and it only costs £1.45.
This remedy is not only affordable and available on supermarket shelves, it could save countless people a lot of hassle trying to expel a spider from their room.
Spiders usually come out in their droves from early September, until their mating season ends in October.
Asda shoppers are raving about the peppermint oil sold by the supermarket chain, which works to stop spiders in their tracks due to its strong smell.
There’s not much scientific research into why or how peppermint oil repels spiders, however one theory suggests spiders may avoid crawling through fragrant oils because they smell through their legs.
One Asda customer, Georgia – who is also the founder of luxury bedroom brand French Bedroom – had the utmost praise for the peppermint oil remedy. She told Yorkshire Live: “Following this tip will retain your bedroom as a peaceful sanctuary and prevent sleepless nights.
"I swear by these tips and recommend them 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."
Instead of squashing a spider with a random object or a rolled up magazine or newspaper, this peppermint oil remedy helps to deter them.
You can even combine the oil with water to create a spray, alternatively you can add some drops to a diffuser or put some in your laundry. These are all techniques that will avoid harming the spiders, Georgia explained.
Although spiders are technically not insects, peppermint oil is widely considered to be a natural insecticide, according to Heathline.
You may have to apply your peppermint spray more frequently compared to a conventional insecticide. Try spiritzing in the dark corners of your home once a week and if the spiders return before the week comes to an end, try spraying every few days.
Peppermint oil is considered safe in small doses but if you spray large amounts of undiluted peppermint oil you may risk experiencing dizziness, confusion, muscle weakness, double vision or nausea.
Spray small areas at a time and always dilute the peppermint oil with water and keep your windows open when in use. Pet owners should also check when using essential oils around animals.