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Why do spiders hate conkers?

Mystery Hour Question

I was told if you leave conkers in your house, it scares spiders off Ė and it worked! So what is it about conkers that spiders donít like?
Darren, Eltham


** Definitive **
Name: John, Southgate
Qualification: My son had excema and we had to use soap nuts with had lots of saponin in it
Answer: Conkers contain a naturally-occurring substance called saponin, which repels spiders, lice, fleas and ticks.

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