For many people, seeing a spider in your home can feel like a common nightmare scenario, whether you’re washing your hair in the shower and notice one crawling across the tile or chopping vegetables in the kitchen and spot one hiding in a corner. Your immediate reaction may be to run screaming from the room or to pick up the nearest heavy item and smash it. But do you really need to worry about every spider you see in your home? Let’s look at why you might want to be concerned about a spider—and when you can let it pass you by.
Most Spiders Aren’t Aggressive
Most spiders are venomous but not dangerous. Most spiders only bite out of self-defense. The Black Widow, for example, tends to play dead more often than it attacks, and usually only does that when it’s really threatened. If it does bite, however, you’ll want to seek medical attention—especially if the victim is a child or an elderly person. Most of the time, you’re more likely to be bitten by a spider that’s hiding in a pile of clothes or something like a shoe or boot than one out in the open.
By and large, spiders typically try to stay out of sight, and many spiders that aren’t dangerous—such as the cellar spider, wolf spider, or American house spider—can help eliminate other pests such as flies. Cellar spiders have even been known to eat other spiders if food is particularly scarce.
A Spider Infestation Might Also Mean a Bug Infestation
Spiders need to eat, and if there are a lot of them in your home that usually means there’s an abundant source of food in your home—bugs. While spiders are creepy, you can consider themselves a sort of alert system for other, potentially worse bugs.However, even if the spiders you find are mostly outside in your plants or in the corners of your porch or deck, you may want to consider looking into a pest control program to take care of both issues.
Protecting Your House from Spiders
The best way to limit the number of spiders in and around your home is to take steps to remove conditions that attract them. Make sure you regularly clean your basement and other storage areas, keeping them free of clutter and debris. Don’t leave clothes piled in your laundry room or bathroom, either.
Even though spiders don’t eat “people food,” keeping a tidy kitchen free of food scraps or other waste helps eliminate them. Why? Because the insects and other pests spiders prey on are attracted to it. A clean kitchen goes a long way in keeping those pests out.
Make sure to seal any cracks and gaps outside your home, and trim away any excess vegetation so that it doesn’t touch the walls outside.
Finally, make sure to clear away spider webs from both the inside and outside of your house. This will let spiders know that it’s not okay to hang around.
Call Advanced IPM for Spider Prevention
If you’re still seeing spiders after taking the above steps, it’s time to call in a professional. We understand that spiders are nature’s own pest control management program. If spiders are making you uncomfortable, however, we can help remove them using techniques that are friendly for the environment. Contact us today for more information about how a comprehensive pest control program can help eliminate spiders, insects, and any other unwelcome pests.