Spiders(Araneae)

Spiders are notorious home invaders. They crawl in with their fast moving legs and hide somewhere or build a nest, and wait until the can find some prey. Though only a few spiders are naturally aggressive, spiders will bite when cornered and spider bites can be very painful. In some rare cases, they can even be deadly.

SCIENCE INFORMATION

  • Official Name: Araneae
  • Length: Varies
  • Color: Varies
  • Poisonous: Yes
  • Cause of Distress: Bites, Sickness

LIFE CYCLE OF SPIDERS

There are thousands of species of spider, so life cycles will vary. But nearly all spiders lay hundreds of eggs that they place in a sticky web for protection. Upon hatching, the eggs will explore, eat, and grow. Some spiders can live for many years provided they are safe from the cold, and several can go weeks without food.

SPIDERS AS PESTS

Many varieties of spiders bite, and those that don’t bite still look like spiders, and thus terrify family members. Most spider bites are harmless, with symptoms ranging anywhere from a mosquito bite itch to a sharp pain like a bee sting. Some spider bites have no symptoms, and others do not have jaws that can pierce skin. But there are some spiders that can be dangerous, like the brown recluse or the black widow – the latter of whom can cause death if a bite is left untreated. Also, many people have a fear of spiders, which contributes to their pest-like nature.

HOW TO PREVENT SPIDER INVASIONS

Spiders only enter homes they have access to. So if you’re finding spiders in your home, chances are there are openings around your structure that the spiders can enter in from. Seal up these holes and fewer spiders will live inside of your home. But you’ll always be at risk for some spiders unless you use proper spider pest control.