What Should I Do About Spiders in My House This Fall?

Of all the pests which could be in your house or apartment this fall, spiders are perhaps the most embarrassing and unsettling ones. Bed bugs and roaches are high on this list as well. But spiders are a lot more common than these other two.

Typically, spiders thrive in cluttered places. So, if these insects are in your space, it usually means that they have found refuge in a place that you do not want to clean. Additionally, spiders are just plain creepy. That’s especially true for people who suffer from arachnophobia, which is a real medical condition.

Like most crawling pests, spiders usually come from the outside to the inside. A pest control professional can build an invisible protective barrier around your house which can help to keep spiders out. But if a few sneak in, read on to learn the proper response. Or give your local Owens Cross Roads pest professionals a call today to see how we can help!

Are Spiders Dangerous?

There are about 3,000 kinds of spiders in the United States. Only two of them – black widows and brown recluses – are venomous.

Additionally, not all spider bites are venomous. Generally, spiders only inject poison into their hunting prey. When they bite in self-defense, their bites are usually nonpoisonous. In fact, according to one study, about 80 percent of the poisonous “spider” bites that people suffer are from a different type of arthropod.

Most spiders are reclusive. As mentioned, they prefer cluttered spaces where there is lots of shelter. So, they hardly ever come into contact with pets or people.

Finally, unlike rodents or ants, spiders usually do not spread disease or bacteria. They are not clean insects, but they are not particularly dirty either.

Should I Kill Spiders?

Because spiders are almost completely harmless, it may be a good idea to let them live. Scoop them up on a piece of paper and release them outside.

Alternatively, some people just leave them alone. Some experts say that spiders are a key part of a healthy indoor ecosystem. These predatory insects often kill other types of insects, like ants, which could be damaging. Moreover, some spiders kill other spiders.

The “leave them alone” approach assumes that the spider is a natural part of the indoor ecosystem. Foreign spiders that hitch rides to your house may disrupt the indoor or outdoor ecosystem. To preserve the environment, these spiders should be killed.

Count on A+ Pest Control to keep troublesome pests away from your family. If you are seeing lots of spiders give us a call today!


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