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To begin with, lets say that im in that percentage of the population who has a very real and very great fear of spiders! I seem to always live in those kinds of places where no matter how cosy and clean they are, spiders blooming love it too!
How i discovered it: So one day, after a particularly hairy fiend had found its way in to my bedroom (and id had to call a friend and be rescued) i typed in to google, "NO MORE SPIDERS!!!" and low and behold i saw this spray!
What is it: natural chestnut extracts and clover leaf oil. Simples!
How does it work: It creates a very reassuring natural... 'barrier' that means that spiders don't want to enter you house. I spose its the equivalent of some letting off a bunch of stink bombs and then inviting us over, we wouldn't go! All you have to do is spray it around your house, i tend to go for the windows and the door frame, random nooks and crannies that have not been sealed properly in my bathroom etc. I hold my breath when i squirt it, its doesn't smell bad but its so light that its easy in inhale and tend to makes you cough!
Does it hurt the spiders or any other creepy crawlies...i mean insects?: no, not at all, its totally, natural, totally non-harmful. Its is a repellent, not a position so your conscience is clear!
Does it work?: yes , it really does. Since i have been using it i have not had any spiders at all (that i have noticed!). You have to re-apply the spray either when you have cleaned (as it is very easy to wash away) or every 2-3 weeks around any place that you think a spider might be able to get in to your house through. It comes in a handy spray bottle, much like your average kitchen cleaner. so you wont ewver have to worry about the nozzle clogging or the spray not working. once you have purchased this product you know you can reply on it to.
What about your furniture?: so, like i said, i spray this around the window frames (plastic), and the door frame (wood) and around my bath, sink, anywhere there are pipes. So far i have not seen any damage caused by this solution at all. I cannot tell you if it would mark soft furnishings, as, really, why would you squirt it on there?
Over all, this is a life saver, its incredibly quick to use, just a little dousing once you have polished and it stays for 2-3 weeks. It means that you can leave your windows open and not have the fear that your home will be infested. This product works, where so many others have failed. If, like me, you have a real fear of spiders and cannot even muster the courage to trap them under a glass, then just prevent yourself from getting in to that situation any buy this deterrent!
The Price: Can you really put a price on your sanity?/ If the answer is yes, then you can buy a single spray bottle (500ml) for about £3.50. If you have a larger home, thus increasing the amount of spider-gaining access areas, then i would recommend going for the pack of three for approx £8.50. All in all a very reasonable price for a huge chunk of relief!
In our last house we had massive problems with spiders. I could understand it, the house was 160 years and I'm sure full of little nooks and crannies that retched spiders could wriggle their way into my home. We moved a year ago, and for some reason decided to go from a grade 2 listed house to a new build, and I figured that I would hardly get any spiders in our new home as they physically wouldn't be able to get in. Wrong! It took a matter of weeks before I started seeing humongous ones, usually when my husband was at work and I had to capture them myself, usually shuddering every second of the way.
I don't know why I didn't look into buying something at our old house, it just never entered my thoughts, until we were in a B & Q looking for slug pellets for the garden and some kind of spray for cats in the garden too (maybe it's just us that attract all these animals!), when I spotted 'No More Spiders' spray. I was instantly intrigued and for a couple of pounds thought it would be worth a try.
I read the blurb on the back and found that it doesn't harm spiders in any way, which I like. I hate spiders with an absolute passion and would be quite happy to never set eyes on one again, but as with anything, I don't want to see them harmed. It pains me to even put slug pellets down, but after trying lots of things (even at one point, putting grapefruit skins in the garden!) and finding none of to work, but our garden was still being completely eaten by the pesky things, I decided I had to use pellets. Sorry - I'm going off track here, I'm just trying to explain how important the 'non harmful' part is!
So, does it work? It does actually. I was rather surprised by this, and years ago I had heard that putting chestnuts in the room gets rid of spiders, I thought it was a load of old rubbish. I never tried doing this but after reading that there is natural chestnut extract in the spray, I'm beginning to wonder whether or not this would have worked. The spray also contains clove leaf oil, and while the smell isn't overpowering, you can definitely smell it, which must be what is so off putting to spiders.
All you have to do is spray the no more spiders repellent around the door area and windows or any other way that you think spiders may get into your home, and that's it. I usually spray this around every two weeks or more regularly if we have had a particularly wet period.
The one thing which I cannot stand about this product is the labelling. There is a horrendous photo of a grotesque spider on the front. Yes, I know what one looks like, and the 'No More Spiders' banner is quite enough to conclude me to the fact that it will work to repel spiders, I don't need a visual representation too to get my brain cells working, they are quite capable of doing that from the writing thank you very much! I have even gone so far as putting electric tape over to cover it, but despite this I still know it's there, and rather childlike, I still avoid touching the area where I know the photo of the spider is!
To be most effective and thorough, I apply this around my skirting boards, doors and windows inside, and then I go outside and spray around any air vents in the bricks, around the windows and doors. Like I said, if it has been particularly rainy for a few days I will apply this again sooner than I would normally. I haven't seen one spider since I started using this product... UNTIL (!) yesterday when I saw a massive one on my armchair, but then I realised I hadn't sprayed for around 3 or 4 weeks. This just shows the spray is effective, and without going so far as setting myself a reminder on the calendar, I will be keeping up with regular applications from now on.
Earlier this year I moved into a new flat on the groundfloor of a really really old building surrounded by old trees and ivy, with a big spacious old basement right beneath my bedroom. After a few weeks of living here however I started to realise that the entire place was infested with spiders, and not just regular spiders - but huge ugly man eating types! OK so maybe thats a bit of an exaggeration, but they were huge, and everywhere, invading my space several times day.
One night when Id had one dangle down onto me in bed from the ceiling, only to have another crawl across my arm 5 minutes later I decided enough was enough and either i needed to move out, or they did. So I went on the internet to find out if there were any spider repellents out there that actually work- and I came across this.
It comes in a white bottle that you usually get cleaning products in and has the no more spiders logo on the front. The spray itself contains clove oil and horse chesnut which apparently spiders are supposed to hate, but it is also worth noting that so do dogs, cats a children - so be careful spraying this around the house if you have pets or kids - lukily I have neither at the minute so I really went to town with this spray. I sprayed it around my skirting boards, my windows, my doors, my carpets, any gaps/holes etc I could find anywhere, I then went outside the building and did the same. It says to apply the product once every 1-2 weeks which I have been doing, and since May I have not seen one spider in my flat. Even now that we are in the middle of spider season and everyone else is complaining about the huge spiders they keep finding in their homes, I am still yet to see one.
You can get this product online for about £4, I found mine on amazon where I think I paid £3.99. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to deter the little beasties from your home, its worth noting that it doesnt harm or kill the spiders, just deters them. I cant recommend it enough for anyone who is afraid of the eight legged nasties!
OK.....I put my hands up and admit that I bought this product without reading the warning label. Yes, stupid I know, but then I was simply buying a product which would help keep my surroundings a spider free zone and that is all I could concentrate on at the time! "NO MORE SPIDERS" sounded like the perfect world for me, and having wandered into the bathroom recently and been confronted by the most massive spider possible (outside Australia and Africa at least!!) I was more than happy to try anything that would limit my re-encountering these hideous beasts (I'm sorry if there are spider loves out there.....but come on, they have 8 legs and they crawl just about anywhere!).
So, on the surface, the perfect product.....or so I thought. It was only when I got home that I read that this product, although completely harmless to spiders themselves, is actually potentially harmful to cats, dogs and children - of which I have all three! The reason for this is that it contains horse chestnut (harmful to pets) and also clove oil which burns if you come into direct contact with it. SO.....in order to use this product you are having to be a pet-free home and a child-free home......and I simply wonder how many households out there like this there are!!
I did think about simply binning the product, but thought that as I had bought it, I should at least think of somewhere that it would be safe to use it. So, I settled on my en-suite bathroom in which my kids and pets never venture.
The 500ml bottle cost me £1.99 from my local hardware store and so its not going to break the bank!The solution comes in one of those bottles that household cleaning products often come in - where you have a nozzle and then a trigger that you have to pull in order to fire the solution out.
The solution smells quite strong and, in my opinion, fairly unpleasant. The smell of cloves is pretty over-powering and in a small confined space (like my bathroom) it can be pretty pungent.....ummmm note that one of the warnings is that you shouldn't breathe this solution in!
I concentrated on spraying the solution around my window frame and the plug hole of the sink and shower.....although I have to admit that I actually have no idea in reality how spiders get into the bathroom - but these potential entrances made sense to me.
So, did it work. Well, I sprayed the bathroom only twice in a two month period and I have to admit that there were no spider bathroom guests during that time. However, after this time I had to stop using it because I hated the smell and, on top of that, the solution was actually staining the paintwork on my window frames a lovely nicotine yellow colour.
Would I recommend it. Ummmm in all honesty, NO. Basically it may help you rid your house of spiders, but it may help you rid your house of children, dogs and cats too! And it makes your house smell stinky and your paintwork look like you smoke 100 a day. No thanks, this isn't for me.
As an arachnophobic a couple of months ago when spider enthusiasts were raving about how many spiders we would have this year I decided to do something about the amount I encountered. The thought of more than usual amounts had me having nightmares and living in dread so when I saw in a newspaper we were being asked to count how many different species of spiders we got in our houses (yuk!) for the next 2 weeks I figured the time had come to use No More Spiders spray.
No More Spiders spray is completely harmless to spiders and should repel them rather than kill them. I must point out it has clove oil in it and horse chestnut and I'd like to make it clear that it should not be sprayed where cats and dogs are going to walk. Cats and dogs should not come into contact with this spray even though it doesn't warn you about this on the bottle. I looked online and found horse chestnut is toxic to cats and dogs so please don't put it where they will be. This spray should also be kept away from children but as I don't have any that doesn't affect me personally. It also warns not to inhale the product or get it on the skin. Anyone who's ever used clove oil for toothache and accidentally got it on the skin will vouch for that warning, it hurts!
For me this meant I couldn't spray this near the back door or around the kitchen window because my boys (cats) wander around near both of those. Everywhere else outside the house though was fair game! I've seen reviews where people have used this or similar sprays inside the house. It isn't designed for interior use and will ruin fabrics etc you spray it on too. Also if you use it inside it won't work because the idea is to repel the spiders before they get in, not make it unpleasant for them once they are already in so they just hide somewhere!
I also noticed a mixed response from the reviewers about whether this worked or not but so terrified and panic stricken was I it seemed worth a try. I bought my 500ml spray bottle from Boyes for £1.49 so it's cheap enough. It works with a trigger action pump that can be turned on and off with the twist of a nozzle. The liquid is a light yellow colour and smells strongly of cloves even if you are just near the bottle. The label is red and has instructions on the back and helpfully a picture of a spider on the front (again yuk!). So you spray it around windows and doors from the outside of the house and this repels spiders away from areas they can gain entry to your house through. Any air bricks would be a good idea too.
I've already said I had to miss out a door and a window but I sprayed these with household flea spray which is fine for my boys once it's settled and does kill the spiders rather than deter them but I have to say only a couple tried to get in that way and I found them both dead the following day.
On the run up to using this spray we had had lots of huge spiders in. We live out in the sticks and get more than our fair share every autumn. I love autumn but the spiders freak me out and I do find I live in fear for a month or so each year. So far we'd put out about 10 monsters a week, I say we but I mean my partner because I just erupt into incoherent squealing if I come across one! If I'm alone I babble like a maniac while I try and psyche myself up to kill it with a shoe, it's really that bad!
So the day I got this I immediately went around all the windows and doors from the outside (except the two mentioned earlier) and sprayed while muttering about "nasty beasts take that" and that kind of thing! The spray smells really strongly of cloves and you have to be careful it doesn't blow back on you. Also it will leave marks on windows if you hit the glass so try and avoid that too and stick to the frames where the blighters get in.
That done I vowed to repeat this 2-3 times a week during "spider season" but the bottle says to reapply every 2-3 weeks which is probably fine the rest of the year.
Then I waited. Bear in mind we'd had about 10 a week for the couple of weeks before and experts were now saying this would be the most active time for the spiders. And waited. A couple of days later one appeared near the back door where I'd sprayed insecticide and it obviously bypassed the chemicals and came in from the roof as it dropped onto my head when I went outside! That's the stuff of horror movies for me, yuk again!
But no big spiders inside the house. We've had some small ones that don't bother me much but no monsters like we had before I sprayed. Whether this is because of the spray or not I can't be certain but it seems too much of a coincidence that they suddenly stopped pouring in like a scene from The Mummy at the same time I used the spray.
I don't know why spiders don't like horse chestnut but they don't seem to. I get the clove thing because they taste with their feet so once they taste it they no doubt do a runner, well it is awful! This way I don't have to kill so many either which makes me feel bad, but my terror overcomes my compassion I'm afraid. It seems to have worked and there haven't been any big spiders (touch wood) for weeks now even though they are still hanging around in the garden due to the mild weather. Loitering with intent I think!
So I do recommend this spray, I don't have any gripes except the omitted warning about not spraying near animals and for that it loses a star. Please don't spray this near your animals or where they will be walking and laying etc. Otherwise I heartily recommend this spray.