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All You Need To Know About Spiders

Spiders are important insects in the eco-system, feeding with mosquitoes, flies, moths, cockroaches and other pests. This way they help people by reducing the spread of disease. But considering that so many people are suffering of Arachnophobia or simply consider them disgusting, spiders themselves can become pests. Not to mention the annoying spider webs that can fill out corners of your home.

Nobody wants to live in a home full of spiders, not to mention that some species bite human flesh and have venom. As a non-expert you can’t really tell in advance which species you have in your house and if they will bite your children or not. So getting rid of them is the best solution, and for that you will need the help of a specialist.

Spiders belong to the Arachnids class, have eight legs, two body parts, and no wings or antennae. Some of them prefer damp areas like basements, while others prefer warm and dry places. They feed on small insects or smaller spiders, and as you may already know, they produce firm and elastic silk to catch their prey. Some webs are very well organized, while others are messy, depending on the species.

How Spiders Reproduce

When it’s time to mate, they perform elaborate dances to attract the partner. But what happens next is quite shocking. After the process is completed and the male spider did its job, it will be eaten alive by the female. Then, the female will lay eggs from which spider-lings emerge. A series of moults occur for the spider-lings to become adults.

When a spider gets in contact with other spiders, the competition begins and the biggest and strongest will survive, while the other one will be eaten. This explains why the population of small spiders decreases while that of larger ones increases.

How Spiders Feed

They use their venom to immobilize and to pre-digest their prey. This venom starts to liquefy the insect from the inside out, and then they will suck the flesh and tissues. They will then leave the outer shell behind, and this is usually food for other creatures out there.

The venom and digestive enzymes are highly important, as spiders can’t digest solids. They are seen as predators, but some species also consume plant materials and nectar. These vegetarian species are active during the day, while those that are predating insects are more active at night.

They don’t only feed on what gets trapped in their web, but they are also opportunistic creatures. If they happen to stumble upon dead insects, they will feed on them. If they lack food and energy, they can become very resourceful. Some spiders will roll their web up into a ball, suck it up and then use the same material to make a web somewhere else, instead of creating a new one. Some species will even consume the remains of their exoskeleton, as this provides plenty of nutritional value. And it’s also a way to reduce their smell so they are not found by predators.

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How Spiders Get In Your Home

They are always in search of prey, so other insects can draw them to people’s homes. It’s quite common for places infested with other pests to have spiders as well. They can easily enter through cracks or doors and windows that do not close properly. But they can also be accidentally carried in boxes and old furniture.

Spider Bites

As mentioned before, some species are venomous. They will not attack and bite people on purpose because we are not their usual prey, but they will bite if they are in danger. A spider bite will give stingy sensations, swelling or a red spot that may even require hospitalisation. So if you see any spiders around, it’s better to stay away from them and do not touch them.

How To Prevent Spiders

The most common times of the year to see spiders are during the summer and in the early autumn. Here are some ways to prevent them from entering your home:

  • Clean and vacuum your home on a regular basis
  • Also clean up wood piles and other debris in your back yard or basement
  • Block any points of entry, keep the lids of windows and doors well sealed
  • Keep plantings, trash and mulch from touching your house
  • Store firewood outside and be careful when transporting it inside the home
  • Eliminate their sources of food by taking care of the other pests in your home or back yard
  • Trim down shrubs and clean the lawn regularly

Safeguard Pest Control

If spiders get out of hand, then it’s time to call a specialist. Do not try to apply insecticides yourself. Safeguard Pest Control is a family-owned and operated company that has been in business since 1989. We handle a wide variety of pests, including termites, lawn grubs, mice, rats, geckos, fleas, mosquitoes, flies, bed bugs, Silverfish and more.

We have 30 years of experience and our employees are highly trained and skilled. They have great knowledge in this field and can provide great results for all types of buildings. We offer pest control solutions to both residential and commercial areas, as well as to schools and hospitals. We are using modern devices and safe substances that will not affect your health or the environment.

Get Rid of Spiders Now!

If your home or yard are seriously infested by spiders, then it’s time to call a specialist! We have extensive knowledge and experience in this field, and can provide you with professional results.

Book your Safeguard spider treatment now by calling 07 5477 6675 or emailing info@safeguardpestcontrol.com.au and allow us to protect your home against these nasty insects.

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