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    Natural Spider Control

    Natural Spider Control

    Spiders, the common name of animals often classed with the insects, but really constituting a class by themselves, the Arachnida. The spider's head and chest are united to form one segment; no wings are developed, and the abdomen is furnished with from four to six cylindrical or conical glands, or spinnerets, from the minute openings in which, extremely fine silky filaments are drawn. With these filmy threads the spider makes its web, which is intended to entangle prey or to serve as a house of the industrious little animal. Spiders have four pairs of legs and no antennae. Their mandibles are terminated by a little hook, near which is a gland secreting a poisonous fluid, by which the spider kills his prey.

    The female spider is much the larger, and the males rarely approach, for fear of being devoured. The eggs are numerous and are usually hidden in coons, which are carried by some mothers until the eggs hatch; often the countless young live upon the mother's back in such masses that they make her appear very much larger than she is. Spiders are exceedingly interesting animals, and many species have developed remarkably intelligent ways of living. The tropical species are very large and powerful, some of them being able to capture small birds.

    The common garden spiders spin perfect geometric webs. When a fly is entangled in one of these, the owner darts out, throws another web about the intruder, kills it, sucks its blood, throws away the body and repairs the web in a very short space of time. Some species run with great speed, and others leap many times their own length, to seize their prey. They are quarrelsome and often fight to the death. If their limbs are torn off, others may grow again. The water spiders are interesting inhabitants of fresh-water pools, when they live in skilfully constructed nests, looking like small diving bells, suspended mouth downward in the water.

    Natural Spider Control

    by Michael O'Brien

    Around the world itís spiders here, spiders there, spiders everywhere. Spiders are so common and exist in such wide varieties that most everyone has seen them, heard about them and even been bitten by them. Spiders are the subject of much myth and folklore, some created out of fear and some borne out of respect for these adaptable creatures. Spiders are very closely related to scorpions, mites and ticks. Many people think of spider as a pest and they certainly can get out of hand but many species of spiders are beneficial to humans, making a meal out of other, less desirable insect pests. The most common way spiders attract and trap their prey is by the ingenious use of the silk webs most of us are familiar with.

    Most folks do not like idea of spiders hanging around the house and some spiders can indeed pose a problem because of their bite. Few species of North American spiders are fatal to humans but some spider bites can be serious and require immediate medical attention. Never take a chance and always seek medical attention if you are unsure as to what species of spider put the bite on you.

    Controlling spiders and keeping your house as spider-free as possible involves many of the same steps needed to prevent other pests from getting into your home and most of these steps can be taken by the average homeowner. Spiders very often enter the house through small gaps and cracks in the foundation. Check around the base of your house for cracks and seal them up. In most cases caulking compound or self-expanding foam products will do the job and are readily available at your local hardware or home improvement store. Check your window and door screens making sure that they are in good repair.

    Now that youíve sealed the exterior of your home, the next step is to make the interior of the house a less desirable place for spiders to take up residence. Spiders like to feed on other insects so keeping your home and dust free is good start. The vacuum cleaner is your friend when it comes to pest control so use it often. Regular cleaning with a vacuum cleaner will remove dust and dander, even the remains of other bugs that may act to attract spiders. The basement can be a particularly inviting spot for spiders to hang out so keeping the basement clean and dry is important.

    Many species of spiders prefer a damp environment so make sure that areas under sinks and cabinets are clean and dry. Repair any leaky pipes and insulate things like cold water supply pipes which may drip condensation during humid weather conditions. Pipe insulation products are available at most any hardware or home improvement store.

    The work continues outside the home. Weeds, grass and mulches can hold moisture and create a welcome place for spiders to establish themselves. Try to keep these materials away from the base of your home if at all possible. If you prefer a more landscaped look you might try replacing your mulch beds with some ornamental stone. Check the gutters and downspouts too and make sure that the rain water drains well away from the base of the house. Maintaining a clean home both inside and out can make it less likely that spiders or other pests will feel like moving in.

    There are chemical pesticides available to control spiders but using these products comes with a certain amount of risk to you, your pets and your plants. Consider consulting a professional before applying any chemicals in or around your home.

    About the Author

    Michael O'Brien is Staff Writer for PestControlIndustry.com

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