For the record, house and garden spiders are not considered household bugs. In fact, they’re not bugs at all. As most people are aware, they are arachnids. They have eight legs, their bodies are different, etc. Plus, they actually hunt the household bugs that often present a problem for homeowners.
House and garden spiders: predators for your home
It’s a good thing that spiders can’t grow bigger than they already do. If they were the size of a lion, the human race wouldn’t stand a chance. Why? Because they are fierce predators. Why else do you think so many giant spider horror movies have been produced over the years? Even though most of them are tiny, the fact is that we’re scared of them.
When it comes to household bugs, spiders make fantastic protectors. As a whole, spiders eat an incredible amount of insects every year. In fact, it has been estimated that if spiders suddenly stopped existing on our planet, the world would be decimated within five years. This is because without spiders to devour them, insects would reproduce unfettered and destroy our crops.
What spiders mean to your household
So what does this mean to your home and the household bugs around and inside it? It simply means that perhaps you shouldn’t kill every spider you find. If you discover a spider in your home, attempt to capture it and take it outside. After all, the more spiders around your home, the less insects you’ll have.
That being said, it’s also important to realize how quickly spiders can multiple. If left to their own devices, these arachnids can take over a large area. Even though they don’t live or hunt in packs, the individual critters can become a nuisance over time. Not to mention the webs they leave around, and the fact that some of them, such as black widows, are poisonous.
When to get rid of these arachnids
Despite spiders being creepy, they can often be helpful, if not essential, because of the number of bugs they kill. But, of course, every person has his or her own breaking point. While taking spiders outside whenever they’re discovered in your home sounds like a great idea, there may come a time when the number of these creatures becomes too great to ignore. At that point, they become a nuisance not unlike the household bugs that they take care of for you. If this occurs, you might want to consider calling a professional pest control company in order to get them under control. Or you can attempt to take care of the problem yourself by either spraying or blocking cracks in your walls that they’re using to get inside.
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