Is It Beneficial to Have Spiders in Your Home?

Is It Beneficial to Have Spiders in Your Home?

Millions of Americans are afraid of spiders, but arachnids are common features in many homes. Although spiders offer many benefits for the households they inhabit, there are also drawbacks to sharing your home with arachnids. Here’s everything you need to know about living with spiders in your house.

Benefits of Indoor Spiders

Spiders eat other insects, so having a single arachnid in your home is a great way to keep other pests at bay. Arachnids feed on earwigs, flies, moths, cockroaches and other bugs, so they easily keep your home from being overrun with other insects.

Many other bugs commonly found in houses also carry diseases. By eating these insects, indoor spiders can reduce the health risks to you and your family and cut down on the overall number of pests in your home.

Finally, spiders are lone insects that attack other arachnids they come in contact with. Large spiders eat smaller ones, and larger arachnids typically pose less of a threat to humans. You are unlikely to have a full-blown infestation unless you have a pregnant female.

Drawbacks of Indoor Spiders

Only two species of spider native to North America are poisonous to humans, brown recluses and black widows. However, all arachnid species bite, so if you have a spider living in your home, you run the risk of being bitten. Most bites aren’t dangerous, but they can leave itchy or painful bumps on your skin.

Another drawback is the presence of cobwebs. Web-weaving spiders spin intricate webs to live in and catch prey, and when they move to another location, they leave the cobweb behind. These webs aren’t dangerous, but they make your house look dirty and unkempt. No spiders in your house mean a neater aesthetic.

Finally, the presence of spiders in your home means that you are supplying them with a steady food source. Even if you don’t see other pests, spiders may know they’re around. Arachnids can only eat a small portion of other pests in your house, so if you’re supplying more than one spider with food, the arachnids aren’t an effective method of pest control.

Tips for Preventing Spider Infestations

Making your home a less hospitable environment for spiders is the best way to deter them. By implementing the following habits, you can often prevent a spider infestation:

  • Vacuum cobwebs on a regular basis
  • Seal all cracks and crevices in the exterior of your home
  • Use weather stripping around doors and windows
  • Keep your home neat and tidy
  • Clean up crumbs that may attract other insects

While these habits can help deter spiders, they don’t guarantee that arachnids won’t take up residence in your home. The best way to prevent a spider infestation is to work with a reputable pest control company to treat your home with special chemicals that repel arachnids. At Truly Nolen, we use state-of-the-art chemicals to deter spiders without posing a risk to you and your family. If you already have arachnids in your home, we can remove them quickly and efficiently. We can even examine your home to figure out how the pests entered and give you tips on how to prevent them from reentering your house. With routine residential pest control services, there’s little risk of a spider infestation.

Get Help With Spider Control

If you see numerous arachnids in your home, it’s time to call the experts at Truly Nolen Canada for help with spider removal. We know how to safely get rid of spiders so they don’t overrun your home. Our expert technicians provide home pest control to keep spiders at bay, so contact us today to schedule an appointment for spider control.