Summer is the time when activity is at its height. You have all sorts of creatures coming out into the sun, some we love to see, but most of them we do not. In the latter category, you have the spiders as well. However, as much as we dislike them, there are a few species that can be beneficial, hunting down other pests that may be in your garden and looking to get in your home.
To start, most spiders are not dangerous to humans. In the US, it’s only the brown recluse and black widow which have a bite strong enough to cause a noticeable reaction, and even these two species will only bite if they have no other options.
The most common type of spider that you will come across is the web-weaver. These spiders will create cobwebs of various shapes and sizes which they will use to catch other insects. If these spiders are out in the yard, they will eat many of the pests and nuisances that may come up to you and bother you. They will eat wasps, mosquitoes, flies – pretty much anything they can capture. If you have these webs in your yard, they will deter other insects from coming on your property.
You then have jumping spiders. These spiders do not use webs to catch their prey. Instead, they stalk them and hunt them down. Jumping spiders can also be very useful to have around. While web-weaving spiders will mostly focus on flying insects, jumping spiders will tackle anything they can find on the ground. This includes fleas and ticks. If these spiders are present in your yard, they will drive some of these pests away.
Dealing with spiders
While some of these spiders can target other pests, having them in your home is not an effective pest control method. They will simply be nuisances and if you want to get rid of them, you will not miss out on any of the benefits listed above. You especially want to get rid of any brown recluse and black widow nests that may be present, since their bite can be very dangerous to people with weaker immune systems, children and the elderly. If you have a spider infestation in your home, we can help you get rid of it. Contact us today to set up an appointment for a spider inspection and control session.