Have house spiders taken up residence in your home? Are you tired of sharing your living space with those nasty eight-legged creatures? There are several tips that can help you quickly control a spider infestation in your home, although spiders may not be as bad as you think…
Are house spiders dangerous in Quebec?
In Quebec, there are more than 600 species of spiders. The ones you will find most often in your homes are wolf spiders, cellar spiders, house spiders and dolomites.
We reassure you right away, among the 40,000 species of spiders listed in the world, only about thirty have a venom that is harmful to human health. None of these thirty murderers live in Quebec!
If you think spiders are dangerous because they can bite you, you’re wrong! Since they do not have a stinger, spiders do not bite. They are more likely to bite you if they feel threatened, otherwise they will avoid your presence.
Although they can trigger allergic reactions, these insects of the arachnid family will not transmit any disease to you.
So house spiders won’t get your skin. That said, this is not a reason to bear this new cohabitation quietly.
How do you prevent house spiders from taking over?
There are many ways to prevent a spider infestation in your home.
Clean your home
The brighter the better! Keeping your home in an exemplary state of cleanliness is definitely a must to get rid of the spiders that spin their webs here and there. Spiders feed on pests that thrive on moisture and dirt, so they won’t have anything to get their teeth into if you keep your home as clean as a whistle.
Seal all gaps
Cracks in windows, doors and torn screens often leave the door wide open for various insects to prowl your garden and covet the warmth of your home. Check the quality of your facilities.
Tackle the spider webs
When they have left their webs, grab a broom and destroy all the traps they have set to capture their prey. Act as soon as you see a web and be consistent in your efforts. Eventually, your hostess will get discouraged and go build her canvases elsewhere.
However, you will not be able to eliminate wolf spiders in this way, since this species does not produce silk, so it does not use webs to hunt.
Lower your humidity level
The higher your humidity level, the more your basement will be infested with earwigs, ants and of course, spiders. An environment with more stable humidity will be less frequented by these repulsive insects. Get a dehumidifier to lower your humidity level.
Don’t bring everything inside
Does your child constantly bring you gifts that have been outside for a while? Make a habit ofinspecting these beautiful treasures before you find yourself with a nice family of spiders in your paws.
Pick up your dirty laundry
Your mom was right to tell you to pick up your dirty laundry from the floor. Clothes left on the ground attract our friends the spiders.
Change your decor
A change of scenery once in a while is ideal for getting rid of spiders. Move your furniture occasionally, so they don’t hide in inaccessible places.
Turn off your lights
Do you really need to turn on so many lights in the evening? Keep your lighting as low as possible to attract fewer insect pests. You can also replace your outdoor bulbs with yellow light bulbs.
Avoid vegetation near exterior walls
Plan your landscaping or adapt it to prevent too much greenery from getting too close to your exterior walls.
You are not alone in your fear of spiders
No one likes to imagine a big, brown, hairy spider peering at you with its bulging eyes (sometimes as numerous as its legs) as it quietly climbs onto your peacefully sleeping face. Fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, is the most common phobia in the world, affecting the lives of at least 4% of the population.
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