Spider... just the word makes most of us shiver! Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders, has been listed as one of the top five phobias for decades. But of the 37,500 species of spiders worldwide only two groups - the recluse and widow spiders - are considered poisonous to humans. Tarantulas, jumping spiders, orb weavers and wolf spiders are but a few of the many harmless species that can be found in and around your home.
Most spiders are small anthropods that feed on insects. This makes them beneficial in helping to manage pests in gardens, fields, forests and homes but are unwelcome houseguests. Here are a few steps that can be of help:
How can I keep spiders from creeping into my home?
To help keep spiders from entering your home, be sure to regularly remove spider webs, seal cracks and crevices, eliminate harborage areas and improve ventilation in attics and crawlspaces.
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