While some of us think of spiders as our foe...others can appreciate the benefits spiders can bring to their home. Before you reach for a shoe or vacuum, consider these 3 ways spiders can help indoors:
1. Spiders eat pests. Spiders feed on common indoor pests, such as roaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, flies and clothes moths. If left alone, spiders will consume most of the insects in your home, providing effective home pest control.
2. Spiders kill other spiders. When spiders come into contact with one another, a gladiator-like competition frequently unfolds – and the winner eats the loser. If your basement hosts common long-legged cellar spiders, this is why the population occasionally shifts from numerous smaller spiders to fewer, larger spiders. That long-legged cellar spider, by the way, is known to kill black widow spiders, making it a powerful ally.
3. Spiders help curtail disease spread. Spiders feast on many household pests that can transmit disease to humans –mosquitoes, fleas, flies, cockroaches and a host of other disease-carrying critters.
Still don't want them in your house! We understand! Here's some tips on keeping them out!
Prevent entry into the home by spiders or their food source – other insects. Caulk and block points of entry.
Keep debris, plantings, trash and mulch from touching your home’s structure.
Store memorabilia and seasonal clothing in plastic tubs with tight-fitting lids. Cardboard boxes attract insect pests, which in turn attract spiders.
Store firewood outdoors (away from the house) to avoid transporting spiders indoors