Despite our size advantage, spiders cause a gut-level reaction in many of us. Shrieking, grabbing the nearest shoe, or simply running the other way are all perfectly understandable responses to these primal fear-inducing creatures. But even arachnophobes may want to consider the benefits of spider populations can bring. Innovative Pest Solutions explains why – although spider control is sometimes essential – adopting a "live and let live" policy is a worthwhile option.
Are Spiders Dangerous?
Some of our North Carolina customers give us a call at the first sighting of an eight-legged creepy crawler. Sometimes that's a good idea. After all, certain species can be dangerous; however, most are not. Although they may bite if cornered, the following common spider varieties are considered harmless:
- Wolf spider
In most instances, a spider will avoid people. And it's pretty rare for an arachnid to climb into your bed for a midnight snack. Many "spider bites" are actually the handiwork of an insect.
Household Pests: A Spider's Prey
While most spider types found in North Carolina are harmless to humans, household pests are a spider's prey. Arachnids feed on cockroaches, mosquitoes, and other creatures you don't want in your house. The average spider eats up to 2,000 bugs yearly, many of which are disease carriers. In addition, if two arachnids meet up, a battle to the death is pretty much inevitable. That means fewer spiders as well. Is that ugly, creepy spider you just saw starting to look a little more attractive, or do you still have local spider control pros on speed dial?
The scary-looking yet humble spider is an important part of the ecosystem. And besides killing off unwanted insects inside your house, arachnids eat many of the garden pests that threaten to ruin your flowers and veggies. However, it's never a good idea to touch a spider, and the following arachnids' venom can cause potentially serious reactions if you do:
- Black widow
While these are the two dangerous spider varieties most often found in North Carolina, non-native arachnids sometimes make an appearance here. Whether you think you've spotted dangerous spiders or you just can't tolerate the sight of the creepy eight-legged creatures, contact Innovative Pest Solutions for safe, effective spider control today.