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i am having a lot of problems with spiders thinking my boat belongs to them can you recomend something to get rid of them please

Asked by: ray casey  | 4.24pm, Monday 25 August

WW says:

Our assistant editor Chris Daniels swears blind that spiders hate conkers - they can't stand the smell. Remember to replace the conkers before they dry up.

A quick flick round the web suggests two more solutions. A furniture spray, such as Pledge, will leave a lemony flavour on the surfaces which spiders can't abide. Or for something a bit more involved:

"Get a package of pipe or chewing tobacco, soak it in a gallon of boiling water until it cools. Strain the liquid into a clean container. Put a cup of tobacco juice and 1/2 cup lemon dish soap into a hose-end sprayer and spray. I did this at our house two years ago and have been practically spider-free since."

Richard Fairhurst  | 10.50AM, Wednesday 27 August

Christopher - now there's a question! Try hanging them from the curtain rail and let us know how you get on.

Richard Fairhurst  | 3.18PM, Monday 22 September

WW says:

Oddly enough, regular removal of their webs seems to deter the ones on my boat, However, the two massive residents of the gas bottle locker can't be shifted, and require me to bang the hatch a few times, to make sure they scarper before I change a bottle!

Mark Langley  | 11.24PM, Wednesday 27 August

Readers say:

We have the best supply of conkers in the UK - our local park is just about to shed its Autum load once again.

How do we display the conkers.

Hang them from the curtain rail a la schoolboy conkers on string?

The window sill is to precarious to expect them to remain in position whilst under way.

On a plate or plates spread about the boat?

Any answers would be greatly appreciated as we fear one day to return to an infestation of the Tarantula type.

Christopher Haynes


Christopher Haynes  | 10.50PM, Sunday 21 September

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