Thankfully, there is a way to get them out of the way, and this is one way of going about it. Add the following to the .emacs file in your home directory.
(setq backup-directory-alist '(("." . "/tmp")) backup-by-copying t ; Don't delink hardlinks version-control t ; Use version numbers on backups delete-old-versions t ; Automatically delete excess backups kept-new-versions 5 ; how many of the newest versions to keep kept-old-versions 5 ; and how many of the old )
I got this from somewhere around the internet and thanks to the person who originally posted it, but apologies as I couldn’t remember the link. Hope it helps someone else out there.