What to do when you have a Spider Invasion

Spiders are a diverse group of arthropods scattered across the globe. Some spider species are tiny, while others are huge – like a tarantula. As a majority of house spiders are harmless, some like the brown recluse and northern widow are the most common poisonous types in Minnesota.

Spiders are insatiable predators, preying on insects, small reptiles and mammals as well as other spiders. They differ from other arthropods like insects because they have two instead of three body regions. Spiders have the cephalothorax that contains the legs, mouthparts, and eyes – and the abdomen. Since they are arachnids, they have eight legs. Most of them have eight simple eyes situated at the front of the cephalothorax.

How to go about a spider invasion

If you realize an invasion of spiders in your home, the first and perhaps the most essential thing that you should do is to avoid bites.  This shouldn’t be hard because these creatures won’t bite unless you disturb or threaten them – according to experts, they online bite in self-defense. Talking about bites, many homeowners ask, are house spiders dangerous? The simple answer is no. Although most of them aren’t, some possess potent poison that may cause severe symptoms in humans. That’s why you can’t just happily co-exist with them assuming nothing bad can come out of it, after all.

Spider control

You need to understand spider behaviors to be able to get rid of them from your home successfully. Many homeowners usually go for over the counter remedies to try and eliminate these arachnids from their homes. However, what they do not know is that, unlike other pests, spiders have very long legs that lift their bodies from the ground. It’s therefore hard for them to pick up pesticides and chemicals. And since spiders don’t have a circulatory system that will move the pesticide from their feet to other organs, they are less likely to die after treatment.

This kind of treatment can only work when you spray on the surface of a crevice that a spider goes to and from – like between the carpet and a dashboard, a piece of wood trim around the door or window and so on because it’s abdomen will likely come to contact with the treatment. The best way to kill spiders is by ensuring your spray comes into contact with their body. Better yet, you can use physical methods like pressing them between a newspaper or hitting them with your shoe and so on to “contact kill” them.

Another great way of controlling jumping and running spiders is to manage their food sources in the house. As stated earlier, spiders feed on other insects, so minimizing the insect population in your home will cut back on their food sources, causing the spiders to want to look someplace else. Again, spiders love to hang out around light sources – because this is where their prey hangs out too, so it may be a good idea to reduce the kind of lighting that attracts insects – especially outdoors.