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Thread #150645   Message #3510702
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
01-May-13 - 11:05 AM
Thread Name: BS: Natural Insect Repellents
Subject: RE: BS: Natural Insect Repellents
How many spiders are we talking about here? 5? 20? 250? It could be there has been a 'spring hatch' and that the population will soon go down.

What are they like? big or little? bold or shy? harmless or not?

Keep in mind that if there are spiders in your building, that they are preying on things that you want around even less - cockroaches, flies, and silverfish come to mind.

It may not be true that they are coming in from outside. They may be living their entire life cycle inside your building, and in that case lavender and mint planted outside would be a waste. By the way, did the people who said those plants would repel spiders give any proof?   

Mint: I have mint on the side of my house. It is invasive and hard to kill. Mine is surrounded by concrete and can't do too much damage, yet I wish I had never started it. Do not plant mint on somebody else's property.   

Your cats may chase and eat any spiders they find. That solves the problem, though you may prefer not to watch.