Many people hate spiders and they can look pretty scary but killing them means you could end up with even more creepy crawlies in your home.
There are many reasons why people say they don’t like spiders; their looks, the way they move and so on, but most people worry about their bite. If you don’t know what type of spider you are dealing with you are obviously going to be cautious in case it turns out to be venomous.
Also, man people have read the scare stories about necrosis caused by a spider bite, but did you know that this is only a potential issue with 10% of all spider species? Your innocent house spider is unlikely to give you that type of bite and many spiders find it hard to bite humans.
Why Are We So Afraid?
So, bearing this in mind, why do so many people feel the need to stamp on a spider? Spiders are actually doing us a solid favor when they more into our home because they are the natural enemy of a lot of other pests that we really don’t want setting up residents in our houses.
We all know that spiders are partial to a nice juicy fly, but it is a misconception that those are all they eat. They will eat a lot of pests that carry diseases too such as mosquitoes and cockroaches. They will also stop you from getting overrun with earwigs or having your clothes destroyed by moths.
The most common spiders we find in our home include the daddy-long-legs which is also known as a cellar spider, or by the scientific community as Phocidae. He may look creepy but if you have one in your room you are not likely to see a mosquito around any time soon!
The cobweb spider and brown recluse spiders are also seen around the house (known scientifically as parasteatoda tepidariorioum and loxosceles reclusa respectively). All of these spiders are happy to create a nice web right where they know they will get a good supply of food. So if you see one know that they are eating up all the bugs you don’t want around and leave them be.
Of course, it is understandable that people don’t want hundreds of spiders roaming about the place. If you really can’t stand it just capture the spider in a jar and then release it, but please don’t stamp on it. It will happily set up home outside and continue to eat the bugs and help you keep your home pest-free.