A bluish-white ring surrounded a tiny pin-prick mark on the back of my neighbours leg. The visual evidence of an insect bite. She claims it wasn’t painful at the time but if the itch became intolerable she sought out professional care. There was not any other noteworthy symptoms at the time but the physician who treated her said it could have been worse and most probably a poisonous spider bite. Nothing makes me shutter more than the thought of a spider. Unlike my arachnid-phobic counterparts, I am able to tolerate the sight of a web without going to a crying heart-palpitating frenzy but I don’t like them. We don’t have poisonous spiders in Canada – raccoon removal near me? The visual signs of my neighbors harm is conclusive, we do have poisonous spiders here. She warned me about the infestations of our eight-legged buddies but I dared not to concede to such a notion before I saw the swelling and redness enlarge.
There are several advantages of having these opportunistic feeders in our ecosystem, after-all, they deserve respect as a bug exterminator. Spider food sources depends on the species. White-tailed spiders are an obligate araneophange or (spider-eater), which means they rarely feed on other animals other than other spiders. Moreover, Salticids and Dipoena species of lions mimic ants, blending right in to receive their food source. All spiders are known to reside within a restricted array of prey, amid few variations, most are quite suited to their habitat.
Typically, majority of spiders will only eat live prey and DO NOT hunt humans intentionally whatever you may fear, they only bite if they are provoked or inadvertently disturbed. Carnivorous and cannibalistic in nature, spiders are designed to inject venom into their prey to be able to immobilise. Luckily the common house spider is not dangerous or poisonous to humans but it is going to bite if it feels threatened.
The two kinds of spiders that are considered poisonous in Ontario would be the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Bites from both of these species can produce serious symptoms which require medical treatment. All arachnids prefer dry, warm climates so they are most visible during the summer months and are driven by innate survival instincts into our indoor environment by the cold harsh winter weather.
Spiders are solitary, miniature and are nocturnal. They need a place to entrap food resources to sustain their life. Avoiding a house invasion is simple – check for places they could easily creep into; holes in door or widow screens, cracks in the walls, or windowsills, or doorways, and seal them off but watch out for your dryer vent, it maybe particularly inviting. To restrict their access into your indoor environment, inspect the inside of your house then do the very same outside but pay careful attention to spaces under porches or decks where they often reside unnoticed.
Once inside, they love to hide in cool, dark, dusty, or cluttered spaces and where there is air circulation. They particularly like undisturbed areas in your house around large appliances, in closets or cabinets, and spots such as firewood piles, basements, crawl spaces, vents, closets, under beds, and attics. Paper products or cardboard containers, left-over and badly disposed food things, like bread crumbs appear to attract them too.
Natural Home Remedies for Spider-Free Living Places
The easiest remedy is to vacuum areas where you’ve found spiders. Keep the vacuum sealed and clean. Some environmental deterrents, I researched, would be to utilize chestnuts and diatomaceous earth (includes fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae ) around exterior walls of every room and by the doorway entrances. I tried lavender soap mixed with lemon oils as a natural spider deterrent with success. Mix 2 tbsp lemon essential oil with two cups liquid lavender soap in a spray bottle – shake to mix ingredients. Spray around all entrances; doorways, windows, or where spider webs are found.
Silicone caulking is best to use on all cracks and holes outside and in the interior of your dwelling. Most importantly, clean spider prone areas by pruning excessive vegetation outside, and remove cardboard boxes and clutter inside. My mother sprinkled strong spices in the kitchen behind the big appliances, and dusted everything with lemon pledge which is probably why my childhood home was virtually spider free. Other good ole fashioned home remedies to try include washing windows with water and ammonia followed by paper and kerosene (which evaporates and leaves a spoonful residue), putting hedge apples pieces in famous spider infested areas or simply plug high frequency devices in your dwelling. Not only do make things smell terrific, this herbal plant is fantastic for eradicating cold symptoms.
If you must exterminate spiders, determine if they are of the flesh destroying venomous type like brown recluse spiders or the female black widow as a couple of web-spinners might in fact be beneficial especially if you live near water.