Understanding some Spider Facts can go a long way in helping you deal with your Spider issues.
A fear of Spiders is more rational than you think
Arachnophobia, a fear of spiders, is among the most common phobias in America (so common, in fact, they made a movie by the same name!).
Why get rid of Spiders?
Being terrified of these little eight-legged beasts is a good reason in itself to rid your home of spiders, but there are other reasons too.
Some spiders native to America will bite and can cause serious injury or even, in rare cases, death! There’s also the untidiness and uncleanliness of spiders to be concerned with.
Spiders have an important role to play in insect control but with Bug-N-A-Rug servicing your house you won’t have insects around for them to prey on. What you’re left with is pesky little critters who fill your house with their droppings, cover walls with webs, jump out when you least expect it and bite you without thinking if you happen to accidently get in their path.
Common House Spiders
BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS
Black Widow spiders, sometimes called "Southern Black Widows" or "Wheat Spiders," are technically known as "Latrodectus mactans."
These creepy spiders are found in most areas of America and live on a diet of common insects. Their bite carries a toxin, Larotoxin, that can cause uncomfortable pain in muscles and cramping in your stomach.
Black widow bites are not fatal and symptoms usually persist for only a week or so.
One of the largest Wolf Spiders in North America, the Carolina Wolf Spider is quite a common sight in the home, obviously this is especially true here int he Carolinas.
They have a venomous bite that can result in a small amount of pain, but nothing too serious.
We saved this Spider for last, because not only is it the most common type of spider you'd encounter, but also because the title is a bit of a generic term, used to refer to any one of several different spiders commonly found around human dwellings.
They tend to spend their time hunting insects such as flies and mosquitoes.
In general, House Spiders won't bite unless seriously provoked (for example being sat on by accident). But if they do, there is the slight chance that your skin will react, giving you a bit of discomfort for a few days.
Some of the more common house spiders to be found in the USA are below.
Common House Spider
The Common House Spider is internationally known as the "American House Spider" and its technical term is the Parasteatoda tepidariorum.
Like other spiders in the Theridiidae family, the Common House Spider is a tangle-web spider, alternatively described as Cobweb Spiders and Comb-footed Spiders.
As with others in this family, these spiders rarely bite humans and their bites are usually far from being dangerous.
The Steatoda grossa is variously known as the Cupboard spider, the dark comb-footed spider and sometimes even known as the "false black widow."
These spiders constructs cobwebs, or irregular tangles of sticky silken fibers and have very poor eyesight, depending on vibrations of their webs to orient themselves to prey or warnings of possible danger.
They are not aggressive, and most injuries to humans are due to defensive bites delivered when a spider gets unintentionally squeezed or pinched.
Perhaps some bites occur when a spider mistakes a finger thrust into its web for its normal prey, but ordinarily intrusion by any large creature will cause these spiders to flee.
Common Cellar Spider
The Pholcus phalangioides is variously known as the Common Cellar Spider, the Long-bodied Cellar Spider, or Skull Spider (due to its Cephalothorax looking like a human skull). One name it sometimes goes by "Daddy Long-legs," is a bit confusing, as it is also applied to two other distantly related arthropods.
Like its relatives, the Common Cellar Spider's first line of defense is to shake its web violently when disturbed.
They are not aggressive, and their fangs can barely even penetrate human skin.
Barn Funnel Weaver
The Tegenaria domestica is known as the Barn Funnel Weaver and in Europe as the "Domestic House Spider."
These fast-running brownish funnel-web weavers are common in buildings; any cellar, barn, or dark corner can be home for this spider. Outdoors, it can be found in sheltered spots, such as in wood piles and under rocks, etc.
The Barn Funnel Weaver house spider is not aggressive and will often retreat when confronted.
As far as bites go, the Tegenaria species rarely bite. If they do, the bite is painless and not dangerous.
Southern House Spider
The Kukulcania hibernalis is most commonly known as the "Southern House Spider," but is also known as the "Crevice Weaver."
They tend to make their webs from cracks and crevices on the exterior of homes, barns, etc. Outdoors, you can find them under stones, loose bark on trees and logs, and in yucca plants.
Some Southern House spiders sometimes appear aggressive, but they don't bite unless trapped. And their mouths are too small to easily penetrate human skin.
But they are annoying. They tend to crawl across anything in their path - alive or not.
Tips to prevent Spiders moving into your home
Control the insect population in the house to make it less appealing as a home for spiders.
Fill holes and cracks in outside walls that spiders could enter through.
Keep the perimeter of your home free of plants and warm, moist areas for spiders to linger in.
Maintain a clean, uncluttered house. The less places to hide, the fewer spiders you’ll have.
Remove spiders and their webs when you see them using a vacuum cleaner.