OS'ers who keep your house nice and clean...

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • ..I didn't realise spiders taste through their feet though...eeeek, weird!

    Cats can ingest things through the pads on their paws.
    We had a cat poisoned that way.
  • JustamumJustamum Forumite
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    Just scoop them up in your hand and put them outside.

    :eek::eek::eek:

    I get my DH to do that for me. I could never, ever, ever, pick a spider up :eek:

    I have a problem with spiders on my rotary washing line - every time I go out to hang up washing I take a duster with me to flick away the cobwebs. The neighbours must think I'm a nutter 'dusting' the washing line :rotfl:

  • TrinnyTrinny Forumite
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    HH62 wrote: »
    Do you notice that you have less spiders in your house if you do your housework regularly?

    And for those who are like me and are a bit on the slobby side with housework, do you notice you get a lot more of them?

    The reason I'm asking is that I've been seeing loads of spiders this past couple of months. I moved into my house last autumn and didn't see very many. But since about Easter I've seen a lot of them. I will admit I'm really struggling to get into a routine with the house and while the kitchen worktops are kept clean (same for the loo and bathroom sink) I have let the rest of it go. It's untidy and dusty and needs a good hoovering.
    I'm feeling overwhelmed by it now (seems like a massive task) but if someone can tell me they keep a nice house and hardly have any spiders, I think that will motivate me to get it clean and keep it that way.
    The house is only about 30 years old btw. I've lived in all sorts of houses from brand new to Victorian and never had such a problem with spiders...that's why I think it's associated to my lack of housekeeping skills.

    Hi there

    Spiders smell though their feet - so if you dust and use a smelly essential oil - a few drops on your duster - then it leaves a smell and the spider will not walk accross that area. I saw the tip on Kim and Aggie ages ago. Apparently it works really well

    I feel your pain - i live in an old (previously dusty) house

    Trin
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  • tori.ktori.k Forumite
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    lavender essential oil wiped over the window frames is supposed to keep bugs at bay, tho ive never tried it...
    the old saying "better to have spider's then flys" came to mind when i started reading this thread :)
  • SweetpeanutSweetpeanut Forumite
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    aww they are sweet things, i love it when they curl up in a ball like a hedgehog.
    Hey call me i'll post them to you:D
    • whoops!! sealed pot opened!!! for holiday stuff, £360, an i BLEW it:D
  • mrbadexamplemrbadexample Forumite
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    SailorSam wrote: »
    Write to HH62 ask her to send you a box of her spiders, they'll eat the woodlice for you.

    Only if they're Dysdera crocata. Most other spiders won't touch woodlice, because you need a formidable set of fangs to deal with them. ;)
    If you lend someone a tenner and never see them again, it was probably worth it.
  • julietiffjulietiff Forumite
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    Justamum wrote: »
    :eek::eek::eek:

    I get my DH to do that for me. I could never, ever, ever, pick a spider up :eek:

    I have a problem with spiders on my rotary washing line - every time I go out to hang up washing I take a duster with me to flick away the cobwebs. The neighbours must think I'm a nutter 'dusting' the washing line :rotfl:

    Ohh I can't pick them up either:eek: Either Dh or Ds3 does the duty
    if they are out its the hoover!
  • angukanguk Forumite
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    This thread got me thinking about the mse'er who had spider babies hatching out on her ceiling. Still gives me the shivers. :o
    Dum Spiro Spero
  • jb5jb5 Forumite
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    jomilne wrote: »
    eeeeeeek! :eek: touch spiders? no way!

    the only thing worse than seeing a big spider is when you see one, then look back and its gone.... where did it go? hiding waiting to jump out at me?

    (as you can tell, i am TERRIFIED of spiders...)

    I use an old (empty) battery blister pack.
    I put the plastic part (that held the batteries), over the spider, and then slide the cardboard backing underneath.
    The spider is then held, without injury to it, under the plastic 'dome' and can then be transported to the back door and released into the garden.

    I find this method works reasonably well, not that I'm afraid to catch the spider, but generally they are so quick that I would otherwise end up dropping and re-catching the spider several times before I got to the door.

    TBH, I'm not that adverse to leaving a few spiders in the house anyway, it's only when they are likely to be stepped on or are TOO big to possibly feed themselves in the house that I get shut.
    Well that, or the sound of my other half "wigging out"! :rotfl:
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