Why your home is full of daddy long legs and how to get rid of them

Have you recently noticed a lot more daddy long legs in your home?

They’re arguable the creepiest of creepy crawlies, with their long, spindly legs freaking out even the bravest of us.

But don’t worry, they won’t be around for too long – and their presence isn’t a sign your house is dirty!

September is daddy long leg season, the time of year that they come into the adult phase of life so you actually see them rather than them just being larvae.

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The reason so many of them are invading homes is because they’re attracted to light, meaning they scuttle into homes at night when they spot an open window.

They breed in wet soil, so thankfully the hot summer means we can expect a smaller daddy long leg population than normal.

Plus they only live for five to 15 days, so by October time they’ll probably all be gone.

How can I get rid of daddy long legs?

They don’t bite, so you don’t need to be afraid of them.

If you really can’t bear to think about being in the same room as them, then they’re fairly easy to get rid of without hurting them.

Turn off the light, wait for it to land and do the classic trap it in a glass trick – then take it back outside.

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It’s important not to kill them – their numbers are already in huge decline, and they’re eaten by a wide range of birds, so are important for the food chain.

If you don’t want to have to deal with them in the first place all you have to do is keep windows and doors closed, as they lay eggs outside.


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