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Last Updated: Sunday October 04 2009 16:02 GMT

Are spiders scared of conkers?

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Loads of people are scared of spiders - but now one society is trying to find out what spiders are afraid of!

The Royal Society of Chemistry has been contacted by members of the public who claim the creepy crawlies are afraid of conkers!

Apparently leaving conkers by door or on window ledges will guarantee that no spider will scuttle into your home.

To see if the stories are true, the RSC is offering 300 pounds to anyone who can back the claims with evidence.

The Society is also consulting biologists and insect and spider experts.

One theory is there might be a chemical in conkers that spiders hate.

Members of the public are invited to send photographic or video evidence to the society.