Getting Rid of Spiders: All You Need to Know

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Spider myths

All spiders make webs.  This is false.  While all spiders do spin silk, they do not all make webs.  Webs are not spider’s homes.  Webs are made to catch food, and not all spiders catch their prey in the same way.  The easiest and least scientific way to separate spiders is hunting spiders and web spiders.  Web spiders spin webs in areas that their prey is most likely to cross.  Webs have been found to move toward all airborne objects as well and it seems to be a slight electrical charge found in the glue of the web.  The typical orb web that is usually presented is also not the only type of web created.  There are also tangle webs (also known as cobwebs), funnel webs, tubular webs (not of the surfer variety) and sheet webs. 

Hunting spiders usually have large eyes so they can run after their food and catch it.  They may leave some sticky small webs to slow down their prey, but usually they run or jump after the prey. 

You swallow spiders in your sleep.  This goes against many things about spiders.  First off is vibrations  Vibrations are a big part of the spider’s understanding of the world, and someone who is breathing, has a beating heart and potentially a snore is not something that a spider would willingly approach.  Spiders are also most likely to view you as part of the environment, and most spiders do not like to go into wet places, or near places where they are going to be blown away.  Likely the only time you would swallow a spider would be a random event, and not a usual occurrence.   

How spiders are helpful

Most well known is that spiders eat pests.  As creepy as spiders are, they eat common indoor pests that can cause more issues in your home, including roaches, mosquitoes, bed bugs and ants.  If left alone spiders will consume most of the insects in the house, which is a very cheap pest control solution.  Spiders also kill other spiders.  Spiders will not start to take over your home, because they will help control their own population.  Spiders can also help stop disease from spreading by eating the pests that usually spread diseases to humans including mosquitoes, fleas, and cockroaches. 

How to get rid of spiders in your house

Spiders may be well and good but getting rid of spiders is something that needs to happen sometimes.  The best way to get rid of spiders is to prevent them.  This means

Prevent entry to the home – caulk and block cracks and all other entry points

Do not have stacked debris or trash and mulch touching your home siding. 

Avoid storing in cardboard – Cardboard attracts pests, which then attract spiders

Eliminate spider food source – controlling the insects that can be found in your home will control the spiders

Perimeter treatments – only use pest control products labeled for use around home foundations. 

Squish them with a shoe – or anything else you feel comfortable with.  Sometimes getting rid of spiders is as easy as stepping on them

Getting Rid of Spiders
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