Meet the Pest
There is something about spiders that can send a grown man screaming for his mother. Between their six to eight eyes, oddly jointed legs and sometimes furry bodies, spiders have a disgust factor combined with fear that make them some of the top creatures humans don’t want to encounter. Spiders are identifiable by their eight legs, although they can live minus one or two. Spiders come microscopically small, but their legs can span 10 inches or so. Most spiders are predators to bugs and insects only. Human bites are a defense mechanism - even from the infamous black widow varieties. There are definitely spider bites that can require medical attention, but for the most part, spiders are doing what they can to steer clear of humans.
Bed & Breakfast
Spiders try to build their silk webs in the line of fire of a food source but out of the reach of humans and anything that can destruct their well-crafted webs. Spiders like to hide in dark spaces, such as underneath furniture, corners, windows and door casings. Human and pet food sources are excellent attractions for bugs and insects, so a spider is more than happy to set up camp in these areas. A spider would prefer to create a web in an area that isn’t easily disturbed. After all, who would want to do all that spinning just to have it ripped down immediately after? A spider primarily has an appetite for insects and will typically capture its prey in the web and then inject venom with its front fangs, killing the insect. Because spiders don’t have typical jaws, the insects will then be liquefied through a unique arachnid digestive process.
Quit Bugging Me!
There is no faster way to start an argument than to have a spider walk in a room with two people standing there. The first part of the argument is discussing who is going to kill it and the second part is finding the shoe, tissue or any other innocent by-standing item that can be hurled in the spider’s direction. Some short-term solutions for spider control include the following:
- Vacuum in every dark space in and around your home. A vacuum will help to snap up any spiders, egg sacs and webs.
- Use anti-spider sprays and repellents.
- Thoroughly clean inside and out. Paper piles, wood piles and piles of dirty clothes are all happy homes for a spider.
- Keep the webs under control. Leaving a web because you couldn’t reach it just invites bugs to get stuck, which draws the attention of the nearest spider.
Killing the spider is definitely a safe initial solution. But if you decide to leave the web because you couldn’t reach it or you didn’t notice the tiny cocoon-like sac nearby that is holding hundreds of baby spiders, your spider problem won’t go away.
The source of a spider population is always a great place to start when it comes to long-term extermination. A homeowner should try to identify the spider specie he or she is dealing with before investing in an armload of repellents and pesticides that may not even be appropriate. If a homeowner is searching high and low for the egg sacs of daddy-long-legs spiders, he or she will be looking a long time because the sac is actually carried by these spiders. An easy way to get rid of spiders is to actually take a look at the insects ensnared in the web. Homeowners can purchase a spider repellent, but it would be more effective to purchase a bug repellent for the type of insect that is most frequently providing meals for the spider squatting in the corners of a home. One of the benefits of spiders is their ability to be great pest control agents by capturing mosquitoes, moths and other insects. If a homeowner gets rid of a spider population and does not take the appropriate measures to keep insects at a minimum, the pest control problem will only continue.