Late summer and fall prove to be high traffic times for spiders to spread their wings and move indoors. Often times they are in search of a warmer environment, mates, or following their food sources. So this time of year is the prefect time to take preventative measures to limit the influx
of spiders into your home. As always, it is best to enact an integrated pest management protocol, which utilizes all methods of prevention and control. It is important to look at prevention, exclusion, sanitation, and chemical methods.
If possible, identification of the type of spider will help you in deciding upon your spider treatment methods. The internet and pest control suppliers are a wonderful resource for pinpointing your specific pest, or your local extension office will be more than happy to assist you with identification.
Most spiders are not dangerous to humans, and are not aggressive. Typical home invaders do little more than annoy us with their webs and if they do bite, there are minimal symptoms such as redness and swelling. And spiders do get rid of other unwanted pests, so they aren’t all bad.
The Black and Brown Widow spider, as well as the Brown Recluse, can cause serious problems if they bite you. A brown recluse spider bite can cause symptoms like severe pain, itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, and muscle pain. The Black Widow spider’s venom affect the victims nervous system, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. These spiders will generally avoid you, but they do hide in dark and undisturbed places and may bite if surprised. Your stored winter clothing might be a sanctuary to them, and a possible danger spot for you. The more dangerous spiders are often found in basements,
around wood piles, and attic crawl spaces. These areas should be recognized as potential spider encounter areas and should be treated accordingly.
To limit your families’ interaction with spiders, follow the suggestions below:
- Wear gloves and long sleeves when working in potential encounter areas.
- Use insecticide sprays seasonally in areas that are high traffic areas for indoor spiders. These would include attics and basements, and other dark, moist areas.
- Inspect stored winter clothing and shoes prior to using, or just pre-wash anything that has been boxed up for a period of time to minimize your chances of getting bitten. Consider storing items in sealed plastic containers.
- Minimize the occurrence of other insect populations by sanitation and treatment to reduce the spider’s food source.
- Vacuum corners and crevices regularly, including any visible webs.
- Outdoors, you can use a high pressure hose to spray any visible webs.
- Minimize piles of debris, leaves, and garbage cans within a fifty foot radius of your home.