Spiders are one of the most common household pests. They can easily thrive in your home, and if you don’t do anything to control their population, their number could easily get out of hand.
Some spiders are pretty harmless. If you get bitten by one, all you have to suffer from is an annoying itchy, red spot that typically resolves on its own. However, if your home is also home to deadly spiders, two of which are the brown recluse and the hobo spiders, then it’s important that you get rid of them quickly since they are pretty dangerous.
The Brown Recluse and Hobo Spiders
These spiders are very poisonous. Their venom could cause not only wound infection that heals slowly, but it can also trigger an allergic attack. The non-healing wound could grow bigger and deeper, and if it does heal, it could leave a sizable cratered scar. In addition to an unsightly scar, their venom could also cause damage to vital organs such as the kidneys. If left untreated, coma and even death could happen.
If you suspect that you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse spider or a hobo spider, it’s important that you go to the hospital immediately where you will be given proper medication. There’s no known anti-venom yet for brown recluse spider bites, but you’ll be given medications to help with the pain as well as arrest tissue necrosis or tissue death.
Tips for Getting Rid of Spiders
It’s quite easy to keep spiders out of your home. The first thing that you have to do is to keep your house clean and organized. Cluttered homes attract small insects like mosquitoes, flies, ants, etc., and these are the food source of spiders. If there is ample number of smaller insects in your home, it’s sure to attract spiders, too. So if you want to keep them out of your property, be sure that you keep these small insects out first.
You also have to see to it that you’re not providing spiders with hiding places. Spiders love to make old cardboard boxes their home, so if you have some at home, then dispose of them the right way by sending them to recycling plants. Instead of using cardboard boxes as storage space, use plastic ones instead. Plastic containers don’t attract pests like spiders, roaches, ants, etc. do.
If you have a garden, then make sure that it’s clean as well. It’s important that you trim the shrubberies and make sure that they’re not touching any part of your home, especially the windows and doors. It’s also just as important that you prune long tree branches and make sure they’re not touching your roof. Spiders could easily crawl over them and gain access into your home. In addition to this, you also need to get rid of piles of wood and dead leaves. Spiders are also using these as hiding places.
You can also set traps to catch spiders. You can purchase some at the store, but if you want to save some money, then you can simply make your own spider traps.
If spider infestation is too much for you to handle, then get in touch with your local pest control company.
Jennifer Daisley writes for several pest control blogs such as Interstate Pest Control. Spiders are nasty pests, so you have to get rid of them and prevent them from infesting your home.
January 23, 2013 - 4:53 PM