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In fact, recent data suggests that spiders will move into an area only if it is capable of supporting their need for food. This means they are looking for an environment which has pests. In order for them to survive, they need to be able to sustain themselves by being able to feed on a regular basis. Without a good supply of food, they will either die or relocate. I have been in many attics and crawl spaces which had a lot of spider webs but the only spiders I was able to find were dead. These spiders had chosen poor web locations. They were doomed from the beginning. If a spider is able to establish a web in your home and is able to feed itself on a regular basis, it is a sure sign that perimeter pest control needs to be done.


There are two types of spiders found around the home: ground dwellers and web makers. Spiders which thrive on the ground are usually much stronger than their web building cousins. These brutes are aggressive, usually nocturnal, great hunters and rely on their strong grip and bite. They stalk food at night and will feed on just about anything which moves. Some species may have toxins to assist in their hunting. When prey is identified, they will usually stalk within pouncing distance, crouch, leap, rip, shred, bite, grab and kill – all within a few moments.
Web builders are spiders which are not built to be on the ground. They are usually fragile, weak, slow, lacking grip and not able to defend themselves when out of their webs. What they lack in physical body they more than make up for with bite. In most cases, they are equipped with toxins that can kill insects quickly and in some cases these toxins are so strong they can be fatal to humans. Although data is limited and more research is needed to confirm suspicions, spider bites are thought to be more of a problem than currently recognized. In fact, most everyone knows the impact of a brown recluse or black widow spider. There are many other spiders which may be nearly as toxic. Undoubtedly they are biting and causing health problems as doctors are labeling many wounds due to “spider bites”. Since many species of spiders need to be tested to determine their toxicity, logic dictates that any can be harmful and therefore should not be handled. Realize that they have the potential to unleash a lot of poison from their bite and that sharing your living area with spiders is not a prudent thing to do.


If you are having an abundance of spiders in and around your home and want to minimize their presence, then follow these guidelines. The author has divided them into the following four sections:

1. Outside treatments
2. Inside treatments
3. Attic and Crawl space treatment and
4. Miscellaneous treatments of sensitive areas

In most cases, you will need to treat in at least two areas to obtain control of the situation. Once eradicated, maintenance is suggested to prevent re-population.


Spiders which are allowed free access to the sides of your home will more than likely make it inside. Allowing them to live in a garden, shrub or tree away from the house is acceptable; webs and nests at doorways, lights and windows will almost certainly lead them into your home. To stop this from happening, regular pest control on the outside of the home is necessary. This approach will serve two purposes:

  • Spider populations will be immediately reduced
  • Spiders are less likely to move inside your home

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