Have you ever seen a spider in your home and had the overwhelming urge to kill it? Well, you’re not alone. Most people see spiders as pests and want to get rid of them as soon as possible.
But what if we told you that killing spiders could actually be doing more harm than good? Believe it or not, spiders play an important role in our homes and ecosystems, and killing them can actually be harmful to us in the long run.
Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Kill Spiders in Your House
Although most spiders are harmless, many people still view them with fear and dread. Nevertheless, these eight-legged creatures can be helpful in keeping your home free of other pests. In fact, some spiders are even considered good luck symbols in some cultures. So, before you reach for the bug spray next time you see a spider, consider the following reasons why you should leave them be.
Natural Insect Killer
For one thing, spiders are natural predators of common household pests such as flies and mosquitoes. They’re your free insect killers and help keep the populations of annoying and potentially harmful insects like flies and mosquitoes in check.
In fact, a single spider can eat up to 3,000 insects in one year. So, by killing spiders, you could be inadvertently increasing the population of these pests in your home. If you’re looking for a way to reduce the number of bugs in your home without resorting to toxic chemicals, letting spiders stay in your home could be the answer.
Helpful for Allergy Sufferers
Additionally, spiders help keep dust mites under control. Dust mites are tiny creatures that live in dust and are a common trigger of allergies and asthma. Although they’re too small to see, they can cause a lot of problems for people with allergies or asthma.
Spiders help control dust mite populations by eating them. A spider’s diet consists of up to 80% dust mites. So, by killing spiders, you could be making your allergies and asthma worse.
Good for the Environment
Spiders are also beneficial for the environment. They help keep the populations of harmful insects in check, which can prevent crop damage. In addition, spiders consume vast quantities of insects, helping to keep these pests from becoming a nuisance.
By killing spiders, you could be disrupting the delicate balance of nature and harming the environment.
Won’t Spiders at Home Bite Me?
Most people are afraid of spiders because they bite. Spiders will not usually bite humans unless they feel threatened. The vast majority of spiders have fangs that are too small to penetrate human skin. Even the few species of spiders with large enough fangs generally only bite humans when they are defending their egg sacs or trapped and can’t escape.
If a spider does bite a human, it is usually no more harmful than a bee sting. However, there are a few species of venomous spiders whose bites can cause serious health problems.
These spiders are not typically found in homes, but it is still important to be aware of them. The best way to avoid being bitten by a spider is to simply leave them alone. Most spiders are harmless and pose no threat to humans.
What You Should Do When You See a Spider at Home
When you see a spider at home, there’s no need to panic. These eight-legged creatures can be creepy, but they’re generally harmless. Here’s what you should do when you see a spider at home:
1) Take a Deep Breath
Inhale, exhale, and relax. Remember, common house spiders are harmless. In fact, they’re more afraid of you than you are of them! You might see them running along the house the moment you see them – this is because they’re trying to escape.
2) Try to Assess the Situation
If the spider is in an area where it poses no threat to you or your family, it’s best to just leave it alone. It’ll eventually find its way outside. However, if the spider is in an area where it could pose a threat – such as your child’s bedroom – it’s best to remove it. You can gently move it to a different location or outside using a cup or piece of paper.
3) Can You Identify the Spider?
If, by any chance, you saw a glimpse of the spider and know what kind it is, try to identify it. This will help you determine if it’s venomous or not. Most spiders in North America are harmless, but there are a few species of venomous spiders – such as the black widow and brown recluse – that you should be aware of. However, these spider species aren’t typically found in homes.
If you can’t identify the spider, don’t worry! As long as you don’t get in contact with them, they’ll be hiding in some spots from your home, eating most insects for you.
4) Ignore and Go Back to What You Were Doing
As mentioned earlier, spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them. So, the best thing to do when you see one is to just ignore it and go about your day.
The next time you see a spider at home, it’s best not to kill them. Stepping on them, or swatting them is just inhumane. In fact, spiders are doing you a favor by eating the pests in your home. As long as they’re not in an area where they pose a threat, it’s best to just leave them alone.