Country singer Jim Stafford’s girlfriend may not have appreciated being presented with a frog down at the old swimming hole. She responded that “spiders and snakes” were “…not what it takes to love me,” but what does it take to love a spider? The answer may be as simple as keeping them out of the house. Out of sight; out of mind. In spite of their size and quickness (some are quite small and rather slow) an honest poll among people would likely show they would just as soon never see a spider in the house. The fear some adults express of spiders appears to be passed generation to generation because children of such parents end up with much the same fear; children of fearless parents are usually, likewise, fearless.
Regardless, spiders in the house represent a quiet invasion. They don’t fly, don’t buzz and typically, remain quite happily in one place for clock-stopping eons, yet, according to some, once seen, they must be eliminated at once lest it multiply. But the presence of one spider undoubtedly means there are more somewhere in the house and a cavalier, laissez-faire attitude may not be the best option. While most spiders are not only harmless, but actually beneficial because they are natural insect predators (a spider will eat just about anything it can capture), the interior of the house is not a proper habitat for spiders, or any other pests.
By popular theory, they are often seen in bathrooms in sinks and tubs because they have crawled the great distance backwards through drainage pipes into the house plumbing and out through the water spout. The truth is they have likely gained access to the house through a door or window gap and have fallen into the sink. The enamel is often too slick for them to escape from the bowl. If recalled correctly, they are just as often seen on the wall, usually near a corner or at the crease of walls and ceiling, generally minding their own business. However, even though most spiders are harmless to humans, there are a few whose venom and mandibles are large enough to inject venom that will cause an allergic reaction when people are bitten, such as the common black widow and the more venomous brown recluse. Some venoms are severe enough to risk death. As a result, rather than pull out the spider dictionary to identify the species, it is best to carefully slide a large card beneath the legs and body and put the open end of a drinking glass over the spider and carry it out of the house. Or, just kill it and clean the wall.
But the best preventive approach for spiders is a periodic application of a good insecticide around the exterior of the foundation wall of the house. If there is a serious infestation of spiders, they have likely taken up permanent residence somewhere in the garage or a basement and it is time to call for professional pest control. If you’re not up to the challenge of handling poisons and don’t feel it’s something you’re up to, contact the extermination pros at Bio Tech Pest Control today!