As schools close to deal with spider infestations, the team at HappilyTania reveal how they keep uninvited arachnid houseguests away at this time of year…
Spider season is upon us again. This is the time that in the UK spiders as large as the palm of a child’s hand bust on in to your house and scare the bejesus out of some folks. Naturally not us at HT. We love spiders. They eat flies. They rarely want to have anything to do with you. They’re actually just more helpful cats in some ways – stand-offish yet part of the household. Plus, we love fables and the ones about Anansi spider are particular childhood favourites. And then there are all the tales of spiders who have helped heroes and heroines throughout antiquity. One day we hope someone will write a children’s book about how lovely spiders are so that we can nip some of this widespread arachnophobia in the bud.
In the interim, one of the suggested remedies is to keep conkers around the house at this time of year. Not sure why but we know of some arachnophobes who swear by horse chestnuts in the corners of rooms. However, there is a more traditional and less prone to tripping up way of dealing with them – don’t allow cobwebs to remain in your home. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at how fast they form again after you’ve cleared one set so it is a weekly task.
In order to tackle cobwebs efficiently, you’ll need a feather duster with a telescopic pole. Now, we’ve seen a lot of feather dusters in our time and our pet hate are those nylon rainbow coloured ones. They do the job, but they’re just so ugly. We know not everyone sees cleaning as a favourite pastime, but why not make everything you do more pleasurable by using beautiful things?
This traditional ostrich feather duster from Lakeland is the queen of our cleaning cupboard. It reminds our editor Gary of the time Tania took him to a Burlesque club for his birthday and he also enjoys playing ninja tickle with it (cos God forbid you actually use it for what it is intended). It is a thing of beauty, but more importantly it extends to 159cm and gently tickles all the cobwebs and dust from your ceilings, any knick-knacks you might have on high shelves and even the top of Technics decks. It costs £19.99, which may seem a lot for a feather duster, but wouldn’t you pay that as a one-off fee to get a bit of kit that keeps your house spider-free all year round?
Btw if the dusting doesn’t work, we still advise the glass-and-cardboard method of humanely removing a spider from your home. Unlike Charlie Brooker’s advice on the matter.