Shut your doors and close your windows because spider season is upon us.
It’s reached that time of year where our favourite – or not so favourite – eight-legged animals invade our homes in an effort to escape the oncoming winter weather.
For those of us who like the company, it can be nice to offer up our warm, dry homes to the creatures as a place to stay over the next few months.
However, there are many people who can’t stand the arachnids, with plenty of us leaping into the air and screaming for help at the mere sight of them.
That leaves some people in the unenviable position of having to usher these invaders out of the door.
For some reason people don’t seem to like picking them up with their hands to do this, so how can you do it without getting your hands dirty?
We’ve all used the classic glass and a piece of paper trick before, but what other ways are there?
Derbyshire Live asked its readers for suggestions on our Facebook page, and we were inundated with helpful advice.
For those a bit more in touch with natural remedies, Paula Gardner and Martin Muckett had the same advice.
Mr Muckett said: “Put a bowl of conkers in every room and, hey presto, [no] more spiders will be seen!”
Ms Gardner said: “Conkers everywhere! They hate them apparently!”
Michaela Wendy Moore agreed, saying: “I had to get over my phobia because nobody else would get rid of them. Now I just leave them unless they’re invading my space. But conkers work.”
Nick Rodriguez suggested using something a bit more fragrant to keep the creepy crawlies away.
“Peppermint oil works a treat,” he said.
“Spiders don’t like the smell. Since I’ve used it, haven’t seen a single one.
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“I put it mainly in the corners of the room. Smells great and no spiders. I also put it specific areas where spiders are more likely to enter my house”
Meanwhile, Sammy Myott suggested using a different spray.
She said: “Spray citronella round all your window frames and door frames the smells not [nice] very once you spray but spiders hate it I use this every year.”
However, there is another solution that was suggested by a lot of our readers – don’t get rid of them at all.
Spiders are well-known for eating flies and other pests, and some of our readers clearly like to use that to their advantage.
Jessie James said: “They are just looking for warmth going into the cold months.
“They kill flies, and flies land on poo then throw it up on your food.. Why would you kill a harmless spider? It does nothing but kills house flies.”
Paul Ashworth said: “I leave spiders alone, God knows what horrible little bugs they get rid for us.”
Anne Grain agreed, saying: “Leave them alone, they do no harm. In fact they do a lot of good catching flies and other creepy crawlies in your home. Spiders are amazing and fascinating creatures and often misunderstood.”