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Ok, they totally freak me out and with the weather warming up in aussie land, they just like to invite themselves in.<br><br>
Yesterday, a big black one fell on my ds 17 months old in the bath and he was trying to catch it. Then l went to cook and there was another on sitting in my pots and pans cupboard. I have nightmares so these fellas have gotta go! My mum is really sweet, she will catch them and take them home to release into her garden. But l don't even want to touch them, especially considering we have a few poisonous varities.<br><br>
I know that they are part of nature and play their part. I don't want to kill them and l don't want to use any pesticides/insectidices. I'm after something that we can spray or use outside the home - more of a deterent to stop them from coming inside but something that is not going to be harmful to ds and us.
 

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I read a few years back that spiders have taste sensors in their feet. I also read that they don't like the taste of lemon. My MIL had HORRIBLE wolf spiders just taking over her house at the time. So, I treated all her woodwork and all of her wood floors with lemon oil. I washed her tile floors with a lemon scented wash, and I sprayed around the outside of her doorframes with lemon pledge. This worked wonders! The spiders would come up to the doorways outside the house and just sit beside the door frame because they didn't want to walk over the wood. I was completely amazed! It also seemed like they just dissapeared from the house overnight! Truly the best trick I've ever learned.
 

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I've had luck with orange oil. I've put it on the end of a qtip and run it around the edges of the room, also loaded up a cotton ball and put it in various non-baby accessible spots. It wasn't food proof, I had to keep doing it, but it was definitely a deterrent.
 

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I'm SO feeling your pain Dizzie! I'm in Brissy and the huntsmans seem to think that it's entirely too warm for them outside so they come in with US!!!! My MIL just lets them outside in a glass or something...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Sorry.. longlegs I can cope with.. Huntsmans must die on site! (sorry I can't be PC about anything as big as a huntsman <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) and redbacks as well.. I just shoo the others away<br><br>
Ok now for the helpful part of my post.. even though it isn't really helpful. Straight from the lips of a bug dude, there is nothing you can effectively do to get rid of spiders <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Any insecticides must land straight on them to kill them apparently and they just go around or over *shudders* any sprays or traps.. nothing to do but kill em (or catch & release) as you see them.
 

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All summer, the spiders hang out along the foundation of our house. They like it there and I allow them to stay. As the fall approaches I let them all know the rules...they are not allowed in the house. If they are brave enough to defy me, they get squashed.<br><br>
I absolutely detest spiders so it's actually a sign of growth that I allow them to hang along my foundation all summer. Years ago I would have gone out with a can of Raid in May to get them.<br><br>
The lemon idea is interesting.
 

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I will have to give the lemon or orange a go or maybe even both together. Must be something to do with citrus. Huntsmens eeewh they're so creepy! Can't handle them.<br><br>
We get funnel webs and redbacks too. DH said there was a redback in the shed, l had nightmares for a week. I would literally wake up screaming "SPIDER!!!". We've had whitetails, daddylonglegs we get all the time, the jumping jacks, and the black house spiders all come through the house at various times.
 
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