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How To Battle Spiders

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Do you know of anyone who has been bitten by a deadly spider? Well, the possibility is very low that you do.

Most spiders are harmless creatures, unless your are an insect. However, every one of us, it seems, hates to meet this eight-legged creepy creature; maybe because they look so deadly.

I am of two minds when it comes to spiders. Why? Spiders are beneficial arthropods, that survive by feeding on insects. Oftentimes, they are the most important biological control of insect pests in gardens, fields, forests, and homes.

Still, it is no fun to run into a cobweb or have a spider crawl on you. There are about 1000 species of spiders in the United States, but only a very few are deadly to human. So should I love spiders or hate them?

To get rid of spiders, you may first want to keep away the insects that the spiders feed on. For example, if food droppings remain in your kitchen overnight, then that will attract insects like ants. And since many spiders place ants high on their favorite meals list, the spiders will come in with the ants. So a first step in getting rid of spiders is to keep your kitchen clean. This, in general, is a good overall pest control task.

You will also want to keep your closet clean and tidy. Make sure that clothes do not lie on the floor in heaps - heaped clothes are warm shelter for spiders in the cold wintertime.

Most spider bites are harmless, the may feel unpleasant, if noticed at all. Still there Are some deadly exceptions, black widows and brown recluse spiders are the most commonly known poisonous spiders. The hobo spider, wolf spider, and jumping spider can also produce bites that require medical attention. If you think you may have those species wondering in your home you will want to take some precautions until they are removed.

To prevent spider bites...
  • Shake out clothing and shoes before putting them on.
  • Inspect bedding and towels before use.
  • Wear gloves when handling firewood, lumber, and rocks (Don't forget to inspect the gloves for spiders before putting them on).
  • Remove bedskirts and storage boxes from underneath beds. Move the bed away from the wall.
  • Exercise care when handling cardboard boxes (spiders often are found in the space under folded cardboard flaps).
Keeping spiders out of the home...
  • Install tight-fitting screens on windows and doors; also install door sweeps.
  • Seal or caulk cracks and crevices where spiders can enter the house.
  • Install yellow or sodium vapor light bulbs outdoors. Such lights attract fewer insects for spiders to munch upon.
  • Tape the edges of cardboard boxes to prevent spider entry.
  • Use plastic bags (sealed) to store loose items in the garage, basement, and attic.
Clean up Outside and Inside Your Home
  • Remove trash, old boxes, old clothing, wood piles, rock piles, and other unwanted items.
  • Eliminate clutter in closets, basements, attics, garages, and outbuildings.
  • Do not stack wood against the house.
  • Clean up dead insects that the brown spiders can feed on.
Non-chemical control
  • Use sticky traps or glueboards to capture spiders.
  • Dust and vacuum thoroughly to remove spiders, webs, and egg sacs (dispose of the vacuum bag in a container outdoors).
  • Use a rolled up newspaper or fly swatter to kill individual spiders.
  • Spray, withn a spray bottle, a solution of 40 percent water, 40 percent alcohol and 20 percent dish soap directly on the spider.
There are, of course, several commercial pesticides you can use to kill spiders. I suggest reserveing the use of such pesticides for the deadly species of spider, only.

If you do get bitten by a non-poisonous spider, wash the area as you would a minor scratch to prevent any chance of infection. If you are bitten by a poisonous spider, remain calm, but seek medical attention immediately. If possible, bring the spider that bit you (dead remains, are just fine) with you to the medical facility. Remove nearby rings and constricting items because the affected area may swell.

There are many things you can do to control spiders. Although most spiders are both harmless and useful, if spiders make you panic, there is more you can do to keep them away. I recommend you get the following, e-book, Save Me From The Spiders.

About the Author:  Scott Harker is the publisher of several websites including: About Telescopes, Golf Shoes, Tattoo Finder, Symptoms of Gout, and Demon Dictionary.

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