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Keeping the spiders at bay..


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I'm thinking about getting a shed to keep my astro kit in, so I don't have to keep taking it apart when storing it indoors, which would make me use it more often

I have a big thing against spiders, we already have 1 shed and its infested with huge ones

Is there anything you can do to sheds/observatories to keep them bug-clean inside?

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Yes I too had terrible problems with a spider.

It was huge and caused massive diffraction spikes. I would suggest getting one of the thin vein spiders or alternatively buy an optical window to mount the secondary on.

HTH :)

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Not a lot basically! But you could try to ensure that as many gaps are closed off as possible - use foam rubber or silicone sealant to seal holes. Paint the thing white inside so you can see them! Keep it very clean and tidy - use the vacum cleaner and a duster regularly. In fact treat it as if it were "indoors" and most of the battle is won!

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Conkers.

Honest, it works.

And no, it is not a question of having a good aim:D.

They don't like them and a few spread out around the place (with special attention to the door ledge) keeps them away in droves.

I speak as an arachnophobe who was extremely skeptical when he was told.

Was given a bag of them, tried it and did not see a spider for months:eek:.

I have also been told that taking a household cleaner that contains lemon, diluting it, and spraying it over the inside surfaces (no, I'm not talking about actually cleaning:D) will keep them at bay, but I do not know if this is true or not.

Thinking is that this is something to do with a chemical that spiders (which 'taste' through their feet) dislike.

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I dont know if this would work but it could be fun to try:

Toss a couple of dozen bug bombs into the shed and run for your life.

I store my scopes in my garage in their boxes. I'm sure a few spiders live in there but the boxes are sealed so no suprises for me when i open them. If a spider ever manages to take up residency inside my Dob....................i would buy a new Dob instead of removing the spider......................

That's how afraid of spiders i am.

Although i was in the garden all day today setting up a greenhouse and potting herbs and lettuce etc and a couple of mean looking spiders found their way onto my arms and legs. I just brushed them off and got on with things.

Its the olympic runners that sprint across the carpet while you are watching tv that i REALLY hate.

My shed in the garden also has a wasps nest in it. I have a deathly fear of wasps also and even those big stupid bumble bees.

I'm just not very good with any insect apart from ladybirds.

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I have one that lives in my obs PC, it hangs around the graphics card as I've left some of the knockouts off where the PCI slots are :)

I don't get too many thankfully, and they are all quite small. Using a fluffy duster is good if the cobwebs are getting spread across your kit and cables

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As strange as it sounds, Demonperformer is right, conkers do work.

I live in a semi rural area & used to get quite a few spiders in the house, my mum told me about the conkers trick & I just thought she was going senile :)

But I gave it a try & it works great, where we used to get 10 or more spiders a week, now I only see maybe 1 or 2 a month & the best thing...conkers are free (but I'm affraid they are not in season at the moment)

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I used to order Demon WP from an American firm, Bugsaway.com, that worked really well. You have to dilute it in a big tub of water then spray it liberally round the shed (or houese or whatever) while wearing a mask, and it deters spiders for several months at a time. I'm not sure if they're still allowed to import it though as it's been a while since I ordered any. The number of spiders in my shed has decreased rapidly since I started using it a few years ago, so that there are even now only very few there, even though I haven't treated it for a couple of years.

Must see if it's still available...

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Demon WP is still available, 4 sachets for $19 plus shipping. Each sachet is enough to treat a very large shed and the effct lasts for ages and ages. One sachet per summer is what I used as there was hardly any spider activity in the winter anyway.

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