It’s spider mating season – and people are searching ‘how to get rid of spiders’ on the internet! But two popular herbs could hold the key to keeping them out of your home and garden.
The experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have compiled a list of tricks that can help dissuade the eight-legged critters from hanging around in your pad – indoors and outdoors.
Analysis of Google Trends shows people’s interest in finding out how to deal with spiders rocketed to 100 in September last year with the spider mating season and again this month.
A value of 100 is the peak popularity of a term, with internet users scanning search engines on the Web for inspiration to tackle the pest-y problem.
Credit: Google Trends – search results for ‘how to get rid of spiders’
However, mint and basil could be your unlikely allies if you want to discourage spiders from your house and garden.
A spokesman for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “September sees the beginning of the spider mating season, so people will find more spiders in their home than usual.
“It is usually the male species that they see out and about looking for partners to mate with.
“There are some useful household items such as herbs which are traditionally used for cooking which also repel spiders, so people may already have these at home and available to begin to defend their home from these unwanted creepy-crawlies.”
The experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk offer six useful ‘hacks’ to keep spiders at bay including mint and basil.
Basil is a popular herb used in the kitchen for a range of dishes, but insects don’t like it. It is a good idea to consider keeping a basil plant in a pot to keep spiders away. Ants, mosquitoes and houseflies also dislike this plant.
A domestic house spider
Mint is another herb which repels spiders and other bugs. It is another plant which is popular for a range of recipes in the kitchen so is widely used in households up and down the UK. You can consider buying a mint plant which will also provide a fresh scent in the home and deter bugs at the same time.
Cinnamon is a spice that is an aroma that spiders don’t like, among other insects. Homeowners and tenants can consider choosing products such as cinnamon spice itself, or cinnamon essential oil to get a scent which is off-putting for these insects.
Onions are a popular staple for many recipes in the kitchen and are another natural item that spiders don’t like. There is an added benefit to growing onions outside as they can be off-putting for the critters in the garden too.
Lavender is a scent which deters spiders so investing in a lavender plant inside the home or garden, or maybe a lavender scented candle, can help arm you against these pests.
Chrysanthemums are a useful ally to help discourage spiders from the home or garden. This plant has flowers which spiders don’t like. So it could be either an idea to grow these flowers at home or buy some of these flowers to display inside.
As society opens up, Crimestoppers appeals for anonymous information on those carrying weapons in the East Midlands & warns that violent crime remains a persistent but preventable problem
Charity’s appeal follows Silence Won’t Stop Violence campaign last November which led to significant rise in info on gangs, weapons, County Lines and cuckooing
With society returning to something closer to normal, the charity Crimestoppers has launched an urgent appeal for information on those people in the East Midlands carrying weapons.
Last November, Crimestoppers ran its first-ever Silence Won’t Stop Violence campaign which saw the public respond positively and anonymously. Information on gangs rose by 17%, County Lines up by 15%, cuckooing up by two-thirds and information on firearms rose by 5% compared to the period prior to the appeal.
Whilst official statistics reveal knife crime has now fallen for four quarters in a row, we should not become complacent. Last year:
- 275 people lost their life to a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales
- 4,620 people were admitted to hospitals in England for attacks by sharp objects.
As the pandemic continues to impact the NHS, we should all help protect communities and health service from harm.
In 2019, over half of violent incidents across the UK were not reported to the police. Crimestoppers believes that Silence Won’t Stop Violence and is informing people across the East Midlands that everyone has the means and a voice to anonymously speak up to help stop or solve violent crime. Indeed, last year our charity passed on over 12,850 anonymous pieces of information about all crime types given to us from the public across the region.
The pandemic has also put young people in a vulnerable position, due to a lack of employment opportunities. In 2020, referrals of children suspected to be victims of County Lines gangs increased by 31%*.
Young people are at a greater risk of being exploited by these gangs due to false promises of easy money. We want to raise awareness amongst our older digital audiences of our youth service, Fearless.org, to ensure that anyone, regardless of age, feels comfortable speaking up and telling us what they know.
Here are some anonymised examples of information the charity has recently received nationally:
- Heroin and crack cocaine dealers, who carried knives and guns, arrested and charged after information we passed on led police to find thousands of pounds in cash, along with guns, ammunition and a large quantity of class A drugs.
- Suspects arrested thanks to Crimestoppers information regarding a violent attack on group of young people where baseball bats and knives caused serious injuries including knife wounds.
- Individual stopped in his car after anonymous information we had received over weapons which led police to discover a number of knives and an imitation firearm.
- Dangerous on the run individual wanted for firearms offences and for causing serious injury found thanks to anonymous information our charity received following an appeal.
For more information about the campaign, please visit our website.
Lydia Patsalides, Regional Manager for the East Midlands at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “With violence and gang crime being a persistent, but preventable problem, our charity is relaunching our campaign and supporting a public health approach to tackling violence. This means recognising it requiring a society-wide response, so we are encouraging people in the East Midlands – who are in the know about those carrying weapons or involved in violent crime – to not be silenced, but to speak up anonymously.
“We know that you may be personally close to crime but may also want to do the right thing and bring violence in your community to an end. No matter how far down the wrong road you’ve gone – you can ALWAYS turn back. You do have options. You have the ability to prevent violent crime through telling us what you know in advance of planned violent attacks, or passing on information that can help solve crime and bring justice to victims and their families.
“Our aim is to drive people to report what they know about violent crime incidents or planned attacks using our unique anonymous reporting service, via Crimestoppers-uk.org, by calling freephone 0800 555 111, or for young people to use Fearless.org. Together, we can help reduce the harm caused to young lives and communities across the country.”
To report what you know about crime 100% anonymously, visit the charity’s website Crimestoppers-uk.org and fill in a simple and secure anonymous online form or call their 24/7 UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111, 365 days of the year. In an emergency, always call 999. Young people can also use our resources, find advice and use our anonymous online form at Fearless.org.
Please note: Computer IP addresses are never traced and no-one will ever know you contacted Crimestoppers. For telephone calls, there is no caller line display, no 1471 facility and the charity has never traced a call.
Are you looking for ways to be more sustainable? Would you like to know more about the amazing things going on in Lincolnshire to tackle climate change?
If yes, join us on 13th October at the Epic Centre in Lincoln for a day of looking to the future and discovering new ways of working together to reach net zero carbon emissions. Hear from our line-up of inspirational speakers, including the chair of the UK Climate Change Committee Lord Deben, the CEO of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) Sarah Mukherjee and many more.
Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for environment at Lincolnshire County Council, comments: “We’re delighted to be bringing together experts, communities, individuals and businesses to inspire action, make changes and see how we can work better together to make a real difference to our environment.
“As a council, we’re committed to being zero carbon by 2050, or sooner if practically possible, and we’re well on the way to achieving this. We want to do more though, and we know there are other ways to make changes. We hope this event will help us meet new like-minded partners and inspire the change necessary if we are to work for a better future and reach our net zero target.”
A series of free virtual events will be running from 20 September, ahead of the Climate Summit event. These will cover a range of topics on how to be more sustainable at both work and home.
|Monday 20 September|
10am – 11.30am
|Make your business energy efficient|
|Tuesday 21 September|
11am – 12.30pm
|Sustainable transport for your business|
|Wednesday 22 September|
6pm – 7.30pm
|Community-led climate action|
|Thursday 23 September|
6pm – 7.30pm
|Create a low carbon home|
For more information or to sign up, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/green-masterplan
The Wallwork brothers outside their video rental shop To Choice in 1976. But where was it? What’s there now and what was next door then? Photo by Terry Shelbourn
Emergency services including Leicestershire Police are in attendance. National Highways have deployed resources to assist.
Road users travelling westbound are advised to leave the A52 at Barrowby and take the northbound entry slip road onto the A1 north. Follow the A1 north for approximately 14 miles to the junction with the A46 at Newark and join the A46 southbound. Continue on the A46 southbound for approximately 13.5 miles back to the roundabout with the A52 at Saxondale and rejoin the A52 westbound to continue your journey.
Road users travelling eastbound should follow the above diversion but in reverse.
Police are also diverting traffic locally at the scene of the incident.
Please allow extra time for your journey if you are travelling in the area today and use alternative routes if possible.
Further incident information is available from Highways England by visiting our www.trafficengland.com website and travel apps, or via our @HighwaysEMIDS regional Twitter feed. Our 24/7 Customer Contact Centre is also available to provide up to the minute information on 03001235000.
Why has the council removed another bin along the river?
That’s two gone in two years now.
I’m sure my council tax has gone up .
They are relying on the river trust and the good people who litter pick to clean up our streets.
The bins that are left are overflowing.
Looking for ways to become more sustainable? If so, then take part in Lincolnshire County Council’s first Climate Change Summit webinars.
From 20 – 23 September, residents and businesses can talk to experts about building design, sustainable homes, energy efficiency, biomethene power, electric vehicles and community climate action, amongst other climate topics.
Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for environment at Lincolnshire County Council, explains: “If you are looking for more ways to be more sustainable or would like to know more about the amazing things going on in Lincolnshire to tackle climate change, these webinars are perfect.
“We have some brilliant speakers including Richard Porter from Nettleham Parish Council who has been instrumental in developing Nettleham Parish Council’s climate change strategy and Roberta Bray from Plastic Free Sleaford on how we can help create plastic free communities.
“There’s also loads of helpful tips on how to be more sustainable at work, at home and in your community. There is something for everyone!
“Join us to be part of the debate on climate change, and help us explore new ways for our communities reach net zero and accelerate action towards a greener future.”
To sign up to the free webinar series visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/greenmasterplan
The Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has had its hard work recognised by being shortlisted in several categories in the annual Community Rail Awards.
The awards night, which will take place in Southampton on 9 December, brings together all the community rail partnerships across the country to showcase the value of Community Rail.
Projects which have been shortlisted this year include the allotment at Sleaford station and the Community Vegetable Patch at Radcliffe station. The full shortlist can be found at https://communityrail.org.uk/events-training/community-rail-awards/community-rail-awards-2021-shortlist/
The partnership has also had one of their photographs entered into the Photo Competition; the winning entry will be decided by a public vote.
To support the partnership you can vote for photo H, ‘Roll out the Barrows!’ at https://communityrail.org.uk/events-training/community-rail-awards/community-rail-awards-2021-shortlist/photo-competition-sponsored-by-porterbrook/.
Voting closes on Monday 27 September 2021.
Jo Andrews, Community Rail Officer for the Poacher Line said:
“I am delighted the hard work of the partnership has once again been recognised by the industry, especially welcome after a challenging couple of years. We are looking forward to being able to celebrate the achievements of the partnership with our friends and colleagues in Southampton in December.
“Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers and don’t forget to vote for us in the photo competition.”
Kaye Robinson, Community Ambassador for East Midlands Railway further commented:
“It is amazing to see the hard work and fantastic projects completed by the Poacher Line CRP being recognised at these national awards. The fact that all these schemes have been completed during a worldwide pandemic shows how important the CRPs are in their local communities.
“The projects shortlisted in these awards have transformed areas of our stations for the better and we wish the Poacher Line and partners the best of luck for the awards evening”.
Clare Hopcroft says…
A Nationwide bank card been found outside Glenesk Flowers, on Westgate.
If you think it could be yours please contact the shop.
Yet again I am not able to turn off my drive during school pickup.
Selfish parents with no thought for residents!
The road is narrow and the turn is tight without parked cars.
A new bridge has appeared over the River Witham, close to the railway viaduct near Paper Mill Farm.
By why? What’s it for and who has contructed it?
Wendy Aspland says….,
Looking for a Mrs Hill handed into Tesco Express, Harrowby Lane.
There is a phone number but after several attempts to contact the person with no joy
I’m hoping someone can help us reunite this with the owner.