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Spiders are among the most unsettling pests that invade homes. Their appearance and the way they move can startle even the most courageous homeowner. And some spiders do pose a physical threat to people. Yet, even if they’re harmless, spiders make a mess. Here’s what you need to know about spiders and how to control these pests.
Spiders belong to the class of arthropods called arachnids. Scientists have identified over 45,000 different species of spiders in the world, each with its unique characteristics. Spiders range in body size from 0.02 inches to 3.5 inches. Most spiders have eight eyes, but some only have six. Yet, even with all those eyes, most spiders have poor vision.
But all spiders are alike in specific ways. For instance, all spiders have venom, though not all are dangerous. And all spiders bite. Plus, all spiders produce silk, and most of them build webs. Also, they use the silk strands they create to climb, make egg sacs, make nests, and wrap prey. Spiders eat by injecting digestive fluids into their prey and then sucking out the pests’ bodies’ contents.
Spiders live nearly everywhere around the globe, in various habitats. Some live outdoors, such as in shrubs, landscaping, and wooded areas. Others live indoors, especially in quiet spaces where household activities disturb them less. Although spiders don’t need very much water, they often live in damp areas, such as a laundry room, basement, or bathroom. And the reason is that their prey often does need a lot of water. And, spiders thrive in garages and sheds.
Why Spiders Are Bad
Spiders are helpful to farmers because they kill other pests that harm crops. They also eat other insects in homes. So, what’s so terrible about having a spider infestation? If you have spiders in your home, they can cause several problems.
1. Spiders bite.
All spiders bite. Their bites leave welts on your skin, which can become infected if you don’t get medical attention. These bites are painful as well.
2. Some spiders are extremely venomous.
Some spiders are extremely venomous and can cause significant physical harm. In the U.S., the two spiders that fit this description are the Black Widow spider and the Brown Recluse spider. Both of these spiders bite in defense, such as if you disturb their habitat or they’re guarding their eggs.
If a Black Widow bites you, you may experience a high fever, rising blood pressure, nausea, and sweating. Brown Recluse spider bites cause different symptoms, including pain, restlessness, and trouble sleeping. Their bite can leave an ulcerating sore that requires a doctor’s care.
3. Having spiders is a sign you have other bugs as well.
Spiders need to feed to survive. Spiders are carnivores, so they aren’t going to eat the food that’s in your cupboards. Instead, they eat other insects, such as cockroaches, crickets, and other nuisance pests. So, it stands to reason that if you have spiders, there are other bugs in your home that the spiders are eating to stay alive.
4. Spider webs make your home look messy.
This one is obvious. Having spider webs draped around your home makes you look like a poor housekeeper. You’ll find both active webs and abandoned webs around your house, as well as the remains of insects the spiders have consumed.
5. Many people have an intense fear of spiders.
Arachnophobia is real. If you’re afraid of spiders, having them in your home can be distressing.
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Keeping Spiders Out of Your Home
Now, you need to know how to keep your home from becoming a playground for spiders. Use these spider prevention tips to avoid spider infestations.
- Seal any gaps or cracks along your house’s foundation.
- Make sure doors and windows are sealed well and kept closed whenever possible.
- Get rid of other insects the spiders prey on.
- Vacuum, sweep, and eliminate clutter to keep them from hiding in your home.
- Try a spider repellant.
Dealing with a Spider Infestation
If you already have a spider infestation, the best way remedy is to call in a residential pest control company like OMNIS. These experts can take several steps to get spiders out of your house.
- Identify the type of spider and the extent of the infestation.
- Create a spider control plan.
- Use spider traps, pesticides, and other methods to eliminate the current problem.
- Eliminate other bugs to reduce the spiders’ food supply.
- Take preventative measures, such as those listed above, to keep new spiders from coming into your home.
Spiders are not only annoying, but some can cause real physical harm. So, if you have spiders in your house, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. Talk to us at OMNIS to find out how we can help you deal with your spider problem and reclaim your peaceful home.