Majority of people are scared of spiders to the nth degree. Recent rains on the Gold Coast have brought out the eight legged creatures looking for dry areas to take up residence, and unfortunately your car is one place they like to go.
Spiders are attracted to cars for the warm, shelter and most cars have a little bit of dirt and debris to assist with spinning their webs.
Places within your car spiders like to hibernate are in the side mirrors, air conditioning vents. boots and also the engine where leaves and debris can accumulate.
Whilst it is easy to get away from spiders in your house or garden, it is a completely different matter when confined to the car whilst driving. If a spider is sighted whilst driving, more than often it will cause panic and a possible accident.
Below is some suggestions on how to prevent spiders from entering your car:
- Vacuum and clean your car out including under seats, in the boot, side mirrors and under the bonnet ensuring you get into all the nooks and cranny’s to remove crumbs, existing spider webs, leaves and debris.
- Keep your windows, doors and air conditioning vents closed
- Food and crumbs attracts bugs, which spiders chase as food, so removing all sources of food will deter bugs then in turn will deter spiders looking for bugs.
- Spiders don’t like the smell of citrus fruits like lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint oils along with citrus peels. Try a drop of one of the essential oils listed on a cotton ball and place in the boot, glove box, air conditioner vent and under the seat. Put a drop of peppermint oil on a cotton bud and go around the rim of the side mirrors. Also air freshener sprays with any of these scents also assist to to help with spider proofing your vehicle.
If the fear of spiders is too much and you are struggling with the thought of spiders being in your vehicle, and including your home, it’s time to engage the services of a fully licensed and qualified pest technician.