From roaches and mice to ants and fleas, there are many pests that can invade your home. While some are more problematic than others, pest prevention should be a priority for all home and business owners.
Of all the pests that can enter your home, the spider is probably the most feared. The fear of spiders is so common because of the creepy-crawly nature of these 8-legged arachnids, but proper understanding can help you cope or completely erase your fear of spiders. By learning the truth behind these common myths, you will have a better understanding (and possibly be less fearful) of spiders.
1. All Spiders Are Dangerous
Many venomous spiders exist around in the world. The Black Widow and Brown Recluse are some of the more common venomous spiders in the United States. Before antivenom became available, 5 percent of all Black Widow bites were fatal. Venom from a Brown Recluse spider can destroy tissue while causing a life-threatening infection.
While some spiders like Black Widows and the Brown Recluse spider are dangerous, most are harmless. It is fine to have a fear of most spiders, but you do not necessarily have to worry about them harming you.
You may also worry about spiders being a danger to your home. But other than potential spider webs and dead insects that are trapped in these webs, spiders will not be a danger to your home. Spiders are attracted to other insects, though. Therefore, if your home is infested with damaging termites, beetles, or carpenter ants, there is a higher risk of having a spider infestation.
2. All Spiders Spin Webs
To most people, webs are a good indicator of having spiders in and around the home, but some spiders lack the ability to even spin webs. Surprisingly, you may still have a spider problem even though you do not see webs.
Webs usually help spiders trap their prey, allowing them to feed on dead insects later, but not all spiders find their food this way. The wolf spider, for example, burrows itself underground and then stalks and kills its prey. Other spiders that hunt on foot include the tarantula and crab spiders.
3. Spiders Are Aggressive
Another myth people believe is that all spiders are aggressive and eager to attack/bite you. While surprising to learn, these arachnids will most likely try to run and hide instead of attack you.
If you attempt to handle the spider, it may feel threatened, so experts recommend leaving common house spiders alone. If you see a poisonous spider in your home, such as a Black Widow or Brown Recluse, avoid any contact with the spider and contact your professional pest control team.
4. Preventing Spiders Is Impossible
Finally, because of their size, you may think preventing spiders from your home is impossible. Fortunately, there are many ways you can prevent these arachnids from infesting your house.
First, you should ensure your house is free of unnecessary clutter, such as piles of clothes, newspapers, and magazines, since most spiders will find these hiding spots appealing. Make sure to clean up any yard waste outside, as well.
You should also seal up any small cracks and crevices in your home's exterior using caulk. This will prevent any new spiders (and other pests) from entering the home. Professional traps in and around the home and sprays to the perimeter of your home can also be used to prevent spiders.
Spiders in your home don't have to be a crisis. Most common spiders are harmless to you and your home. But if you still fear them, you can reach out to your local pest control company for help. For more information on spider prevention and other pest control, contact us at Maple Lane Pest Control today.