It’s officially spider mating season, which means creepy crawlies will be seeking refuge in your warm and cosy home.

Between September and October each year spiders leave their nests in search of somewhere dry.

And unfortunately for arachnophobes – your house is the perfect new home.

Whether your a spider fan or not – they don’t make the best housemates.

A study by online broker Mojo Mortgages found that one in four homebuyers wouldn’t go ahead with the purchase if they saw a spider at a viewing.

Meanwhile, two thirds said they would look at moving house if they had a spider infestation.

Spiders
UK county with the highest number of spider species named – and how to get rid of them

In honour of spider season, the site has researched the areas of the UK with the most spider species recordings.

Let’s just say it’s bad news for those who live in Dorset…

  • Dorset – 483
  • South Hampshire – 478
  • Surrey – 461
  • East Kent – 439
  • East Suffolk – 422
  • South Devon – 420
  • East Sussex – 419
  • South Essex – 412
  • West Sussex – 409
  • North Essex – 401
  • Staffordshire – 401
  • North Hampshire – 400
  • Shropshire – 399
  • East Norfolk – 387
  • West Kent – 386
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Spiders leave their nests in search of dry conditions

For places with the least species of spiders recorded, up north is the best place to move.

Places like the Shetlands, Hebrides and the Orkneys having recorded 180 or less species those areas.

If you still want to brave the spiders, here are some tips on how to keep them at bay.

1. Vacuum regularly – high and low

Make sure you vacuum regularly and thoroughly – including sheltered spots like under worktops, behind cupboards and sofas.

2. Remove noticeable webs

Remove spider webs regularly and be sure to check the corners of the ceiling, picture frames and mirrors.

3. Fill gaps

If possible, make sure that you fill in the gaps between walls, pipework and under the doors which can help to deter entry.

4. Remove sheltering sites

Spiders seek out areas where they can tuck themselves away from such as in your firewood piles, garden bags and any compost heaps, remove these to eliminate the problem.

5. Deter all insects

The best way to do avoid all insects is to control your lighting.

Insects are attracted to light, especially flies and moths, which are ideal prey for spiders.

6. Get some conkers

There isn’t much proof that conkers actually deter spiders, but it’s worth a try right?

It’s thought that conkers contain a noxious chemical that repels spiders, but it’s never been scientifically proven.