You may have everything in order for a great night’s sleep: a comfy bed, a Feng Shui interior, stress and anxiety are under control, eating healthily and steering clear of alcohol before bedtime, etc, etc. But, there’s one thing that’s out of your control and proving to be a bit of a pest – giant house spiders. Particularly after wet, humid weather during the end of summer/beginning of autumn, you may find that these amorous arachnids will enter your home in search of a mate.
Your essential good night’s sleep can be compromised when you find an uninvited spider in your bedroom – especially if you have arachnophobia, the fear of spiders (one of the most common phobias). Although UK spiders are relatively harmless (some can nip but they’re not poisonous!), they can cause major discomfort for some and you won’t want to share your bed with them.
If you’re looking for how to keep spiders away while sleeping including natural spider repellents and other tips and tricks, you’re in luck. Read on to discover how to keep spiders away from your bed.
Do spiders come near you when you sleep?
You may have heard of the saying that ‘we swallow an average of eight spiders a year while asleep’ but is this factual or a myth? You’ll be pleased to know that it’s not even close to being true. According to an article for Scientific American, this is because ‘The myth flies in the face of both spider and human biology, which makes it highly unlikely that a spider would ever end up in your mouth… More than anything, spiders probably find sleeping humans terrifying. A slumbering person breathes, has a beating heart and perhaps snores – all of which create vibrations that warn spiders of danger.’
Even though spiders may not go near your mouth, it doesn’t mean they won’t enter your bedroom, especially after humid weather at the beginning of autumn. At this time of year, male spiders in the UK will seek out warm and dry places like our bedrooms in search of a female mate. Dr Chris Terrell-Nield said: “The males are up to 10cm across the leg span and can be the size of your hand…”. Yikes!
How to keep spiders away from your bed
From DIY hacks to natural repellents and professional help, we’ve put together a list of seven ways to keep those eight-legged fiends at bay.
1. Plug-in spider repellents
These plug-ins work with ultrasonic sounds – that’s high-frequency noise which deter spiders and other insects but are silent to the human ear. Ultrasonic sound is thought to be discomforting for spiders and creepy crawlies, causing them to leave the room.
2. Essential oils
Peppermint is said to be the most effective essential oil for deterring spiders. You can simply mix several drops of it with some water in a spray bottle and spritz around the room. Spiders really don’t like the smell, so they’ll vacate and steer clear. There’s also a trick of using soaked peppermint tea bags in the corners of your bedroom – this one is probably not so good for those of you with carpeted floors.
3. Get cleaning
Spiders like to find warm, quiet places to hide and spin webs, so by regularly dusting and vacuuming, you’re less likely to find them getting comfy in your bedroom. Time to get your Hinch on.
4. Avoid eating in bed
No matter how careful you are, the odd toast crumb is going to make it onto your bed sheets, and this will attract insects. Spiders will then be attracted to these insects and you’ll soon find yourself sharing your bed with creepy crawlies.
5. Keep your outside lights off
The insects and bugs that spiders eat are the ones attracted to light, so by keeping your outside lights off, you’ll be less likely to attract creepy crawlies through door cracks and open windows.
6. Use a door sweep
Talking of doors, this is a simple spider-repellent trick which also doubles up as insulation. Install a door sweep on your bedroom door to minimise spiders and other insects from creeping underneath.
7. Call in an exterminator
This is not usually a requirement on British soil as we’re lucky enough to not have venomous spiders in the UK. However, we do have False Widow spiders, and these can bite. If you find yourself face to face with a False Widow, you can call in pest control to keep you and your family safe.
We hope you found this post useful. Please let us know which of the tips work best, or if you have any of your own way of keeping spiders away while sleeping.