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:
- Become familiar with what poisonous spiders look like and how they act
- Spiders nest in undisturbed areas - discourage nesting by vacuuming or sweeping in closets, under furniture, in corners and cellars
- Seal around doors and windows with caulk or stripping to prevent their entry
- Keep outside porch and patio areas clean and washed, particularly under eaves, around foundations and in gutters
If your spider situation gets out of control contact the nearest HomeTeam Pest Defense branch to schedule an inspection around the perimeter of your home.