We pride ourselves by living in a leafy North Shore Suburb, but after yesterdays experience, I would happily swap all of that for a tree change (quite literately).

Yesterday as I was picking up my little ones from school, we had a “not so friendly in my opinion” hitchhiker in my car. A huntsman spider! I was putting my 3 kiddies into the car when on the inside of my windscreen scurried across our little visitor.

My kids screamed and the spider ran into the air vents, unable to be captured. After 1 hour of trying to recover this not so little critter, we gave up and decided to drive home and fumigate my car.

On the way, while stopped at the traffic lights, our visitor decided to make an appearance on my drivers door. I proceeded to undo my seat belt (we were still stopped) and open my door to usher his away when he pounced on my leg then proceeded to hide under my steering wheel column. The lights turned green so we needed to get moving again (we were on a highway so could stay put). One of the beautiful things about our neighborhood is that a friendly face is never far away so we. Drove to our nearest friends place and borrowed some insecticide to fumigate the car while all of the kids played.

When I eventually worked up the courage to drive home (and the kids get back into the car) I begin thinking, what are safe, natural alternatives to keeping these pests away.

After a little research, I found that Huntsman spiders do not like citrus and eucalyptus scents. So I thoroughly cleaned my car (lets face it, with 3 kids there is no surprise that we have a few stowaways in the mess) and wipe down the interior of my car with citrus oil. I also put some oil on cotton balls and inserted them into my air vents.

On a positive note my car smells amazing and looks pretty good too.

Posted anonymously, 11th October 2017

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