Keep your home safe and free of pests this winter with our money-saving tips
ARE your super-spidey senses tingling?
This is the season when spiders seem to crop up all over the house.
It is rare, thankfully, you will need to call in a pest-control specialist — some of whom charge £150 a day.
And there are some cheap ways to keep your home safe, clean and free of pests.
GRUBS UP: Rentokil says the most effective way to control spiders is to limit their food source, and that costs nothing.
Clear away dead flies, woodlice and other bugs.
Vacuum floors and carpets regularly too, getting rid of crumbs that attract spiders’ favourite prey.
This means you won’t have to splash out on a spider-catching tool (£12.99 at Lakeland) . . . and you won’t get any nasty eight-legged surprises either.
FLY KICK: When it comes to flies, the colder weather means having the windows open less and fewer flies coming in.
But even so, cover all food and drink with clingfilm and empty your bins regularly.
It saves forking out for unsightly fly tape, £2.49 on eBay.
MINT IDEA: Peppermint oil is a cheap and easy way to ward off creepy crawlies.
Pop a few drops in a diffuser to keep your home fresh and spider-free.
A 10ml bottle of Miaroma peppermint oil is currently half-price at Holland & Barrett, down from £6.50 to £3.25.
But use it sparingly and keep well out of reach of children and animals.
MOTH MENACE: Moths can make a meal of your wardrobe, especiallyknitwear and cosies.
Have a deep-clean to rid your closet of any lurking moths.
They love those dark, undisturbed corners — so empty out drawers and make sure you vacuum them.
Then disinfect all areas to get rid of larvae and wash your clothes.
Next, pop in some cheap-and-cheerful moth balls, £2.97 on Amazon (cheaper than the £4.99 at healthylivingdirect.com, for instance).
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I’M a big fan of the Zottel solid wood stool by Zeller, above, at wayfair.co.uk. But even in the sale it costs £38.99.
I got a cheaper version at aldi.co.uk. Its faux-fur stool, below, is £14.99.
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GET in the Christmas spirit with the new limited-edition Baileys.
You can buy a 70cl Apple Pie flavour Baileys at thebottleclub.com for £22.99. It would make a great gift for any fan of the sweet stuff.
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THE Clementoni Lol Glitter Hairstyles set is half-price at Tesco. Buy it now for £12.50, down from £25.
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DON’T forget to bank your codes for two FREE tickets to Madame Tussauds London, worth more than £70.
You have until November 3 to collect and bank eight codes.
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SCOOT over to B&M, where the Scuttlebug kids’ trike is currently just £20, down from £25. It is bound to get your little ones on the move.
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YOU can now get up to 70 per cent off your autumn wardrobe refresh at asos.com.
PICK up two 600g tubs of Haribo Share The Fun sweets for £7 at Asda. They usually cost £4 each and are a perfect treat for Halloween.
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