Spiders are important elements of the natural ecosystem and help to control pest insect populations as well as provide food for animals higher up the food chain. Fortunately for us, spiders generally come indoors in search of food, water, and/or mating season instead of something more nefarious. If you see one or many spiders in your home it is important to attempt to remove available habitat and food sources in order to control them. This can include dusting and cleaning regularly, removing or controlling prey insects, clearing spider webs, etc.
It’s not unusual for spiders to strike fear in the hearts of people that come into contact with them. Humans have long loathed these arthropods. Whether it’s because of their sometimes ominous looks or stealthy nature, spiders are often looked upon as pests.
In truth, most spiders are beneficial to people. Spiders are excellent predators, killing and consuming insects and other arthropods, keeping populations under control. While some spiders, such as the black widow and brown recluse, can be dangerous to humans, most are not.
Look for a spider and you may have a difficult time finding one. These arthropods spend most of their time hidden under objects or huddled tightly into corners. The spiders that you do see during the day are highly unlikely to do you any harm.
When the outside environment is not conducive to their survival, spiders may choose to enter your home in search of a safer residence. While having one or two spiders in your home is typically not a concern, having a nest of spiders can be a nuisance. When you notice multiple spiders within your home, it’s time to call a spider control specialist.