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    Hi,

    Is it true that conkers provide a deterrent to spiders when placed in the home? Is there any known scientific evidence to qualify this statement or is it just an old wives' tale?
    [Currently have a spider plaguing me, he is going to have to start paying rent soon if he doesn't move out].


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    A quick look at spiders and conkers. I would guess that leaving conkers at doors and windows would bring the spider's prey only that far and not any farther into the home, thus keeping spiders at the outskirts of the home.

    Seems logical that a spider haunts your home because its prey (bugs and other tiny critters) do also. Remove the food source for the prey, and the spider (along with the prey) will go away. If removing the prey's source of food is difficult/impossible and you don't want to use insect repellent that smells like chemicals, try using a lavender-scented air-freshening sprays.


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    thank you for the information value
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    old wives tale all the way. The spiders you see in the home are mostly ones that are adapted to cohabitation with humans in an indoor environment. Also one or two horse chestnuts by the openings in the home that are large enough for humans to use will do nothing to prevent them from entering by all the other openings, such as vents, that we cant use but they can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tridimity View Post
    Hi,

    Is it true that conkers provide a deterrent to spiders when placed in the home? Is there any known scientific evidence to qualify this statement or is it just an old wives' tale?
    [Currently have a spider plaguing me, he is going to have to start paying rent soon if he doesn't move out].


    Thanks,


    Tri
    Don't know about arachnids and conkers, sounds like a UK thing. In the US some people think gallon plastic milk jugs full of water will keep dogs out of the yard.
    Have you identified the spider?
    I use a drinking glass or small bowl to trap the spider against a floor or window, then I slide a stiff bit of paper or thin cardboard(like a piece of mail) under the container. Now the insect may be relocated outside.
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    arachnid not insect
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    arachnid not insect
    Ah, different classes same phylum. I thought I might be incorrect when I said "insect", but I didn't want to reuse the same word overmuch. Writing style thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantEvil View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    arachnid not insect
    Ah, different classes same phylum. I thought I might be incorrect when I said "insect", but I didn't want to reuse the same word overmuch. Writing style thing.
    "Arthropod", loving the excuse to use the term. What objection to arachnid? If it were scorpion this would be understandable, but spiders are generally inoffensive and tidy creatures who actively rid the home of other unwelcome "guests".
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantEvil View Post
    I use a drinking glass or small bowl to trap the spider against a floor or window, then I slide a stiff bit of paper or thin cardboard(like a piece of mail) under the container. Now the insect may be relocated outside.
    Good for you. Most people would just kill them without giving it the slightest thought. Thumbs up!
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