Why Even Non-Venomous Spider Infestations Can Be Dangerous
Most people don't need to be convinced that it is a bad idea to live with black widow or brown recluse spiders. But a surprising number of people are okay to share their dwelling with house spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders. Why? Because spiders eat insects and other pests, which are harmful to us, such as cockroaches, flies, ticks, mosquitoes, and even bed bugs. But, before you settle into the idea of keeping spiders around to do a task that is best done by a licensed-pest control professional, there is something you should know. Harmless spiders aren't so harmless.
Before we continue, it is important to address the elephant in the room. You may have read the paragraph above and thought, "I don't care how many harmful insects a spider eats, I don't want them in my house!" We understand. Even though the venom of house spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders is not considered medically important to humans, these spiders can cause some people to lose sleep for days after finding one in the basement or, worse, in the bathroom. If you're one of them, this article isn't for you. You already have a good reason for keeping spiders out of your home; spiders are definitely creepy.
Having any wild creature roaming about a home is a bad idea. Untrained animals don't worry about where they leave their droppings or urine. They go wherever they please. This is one of the reasons they contaminate food, dishes, silverware, and food-prep surfaces. Spiders are no exception. And there should be some concern about spiders leaving their dropping in your home because spiders eat house flies and other dirty insects.
If you're not aware, house flies are linked to the transmission of at least 65 human illnesses including, but obviously not limited to, typhoid fever, salmonella, cholera, dysentery, poliomyelitis, anthrax, yaws, tularemia, leprosy, and tuberculosis. This is because house flies feed on rotting organic matter and lay their eggs in dead and decaying material. Flies are most at home perched on the top of a pile of feces, dancing around on garbage, and exploring the corpse of a dead animal. It should be no surprise that they are biological vectors for human pathogens and mechanical vectors for harmful bacteria. So, what happens to pathogens, bacteria, and parasites when a spider eats a fly? Do they pass through the digestive system of a spider or are they neutralized? Conclusive data is not yet available. Until there is, it might be best to not have spiders leaving their droppings around our homes.
Spiders hang out where their food hangs out. Since insects get into pantries and kitchen cabinets, spiders do as well. This can lead to contamination. Sometimes that contamination comes in the form of a spider (or its parts) getting into food.
Can you live with house spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders? Yes. But do you really want to? A home pest control plan is quite affordable and it guards your home against more than 16 common pests. While your pest control specialist is applying routine treatments to keep harmless spiders out of your home, they'll also be protecting everyone living in your home from scorpions and brown recluse spiders as well. And year-round pest control comes with vital control for medically important pests such as rodents and cockroaches. And you can upscale to guard against home-destroying pests such as subterranean termites, and reduce the threat of mosquito-borne viruses.
It is never a good idea to live with bugs, rodents, and other wildlife. Just because a creature isn't venomous, doesn't mean it is harmless. Pests can introduce a wide range of viruses, diseases, and parasites to humans--and they do this through more than just a bite or a sting.
If you live in East Texas, take a moment to see how the pest-control experts here at Innovative Pest Control help homeowners exclude harmful pests by checking out our residential pest control page or get started with a free inspection. We can send a licensed and certified pest control specialist right to your door to help you determine what pest pressures you're dealing with and what services will work best to get your home pest free.