We’ve been living in the mobile home now for a few weeks… and I’ve realised one downside of living in it. Spiders!
Before we moved into it it was empty for about 2 years, so we had to give it a good cleaning and airing out. We did find a few spiders about when we were cleaning it, so it was lovely and clean when we were finished!
So ever since we would find a spider on the wall, on the ceiling, in the shower…. and I wasn’t actually too chuffed about this at all.
You see I hate spiders. My husband doesn’t like rats or cockroaches, (the time in China when he felt something moving on his leg and he found it was a huge cockroach cemented this hatred) but for me it’s spiders.
And also, there are small holes in the mobile so they are perfect little entrances for them! Holes from connecting the wire for the internet, where the toilet doesn’t quite fit and there is a small gap between the toilet and the floor, things like that. There are vents on the floors and the walls so the air can ventilate throughout the mobile, so this means very easy access for those pesky spiders!
Anyway, we kind of made it worse with our spider invasion! It was a sunny warm day and we decided to wash the outside of the mobile. There was loads of green stuff all over it so we had to hose it and scrub the stuff off. We made sure the cobwebs were gone from outside and there were no spiders to be seen! Great! The mobile looked lovely now!
“Oh I see a spider outside the window” I said, as I walked outside with the spider spray. I started spraying the spider. “Oh there’s another one!” I spray that one then.
About 10 spiders started weaving down on their cobwebs from the top of the window. I was shocked. ‘All those spiders were hiding behind the gutter on the roof!’ I thought!
So that got me all flustered. I went around the whole mobile spraying the windows and the wee crevices. The spiders were hiding at the top of the windows where there was a little dip they could stay. So of course the water couldn’t reach them.
After, I went around the whole mobile to make sure they were gone, then I felt a bit better.
We moved their hiding place. So of course where do you think they would travel to next?
Inside the mobile.
The next few days we were seeing spider after spider. From the sitting room to the bathroom. In every area. I had to inspect the areas every night, armed with my spray while my husband relaxed on the computer. (He’s not as concerned with spiders as I am)
To help me worry less, I got tape and covered all the little holes I saw around the place. Because the mobile is quite old, the windows don’t close 100%, so they will also be able to get through from there. But I covered all the holes (that I could see anway).
And do you know what? They are still getting in.
Honestly, it’s a losing battle. Every night I do my rounds, I go outside and spray spider repellant (it smells strongly like peppermint so I think it’s really just water and peppermint, but I sprayed it at a few spiders and they didn’t like it at all, so it does work), then I go inside and spray the repellant around the doors and the windows.
But, they keep on coming. There must be a hole somewhere that I can’t see and that’s where they are coming from. Or maybe it’s the windows. I spray repellant around them every night though so I don’t know.
But anyway, it’s a losing battle for the moment!
And what’s worse, I’ve hallucinations at night about spiders, so they are actually coming true now!