So why do spiders venture indoors; into the homes of humans? The answer is likely to find prey. Spiders will travel to where prey can be found, and in some instances, that includes our homes. Understanding the creatures will help to alleviate the fears and creepy feelings normally experienced by arachnids.
Common house spiders can be found virtually anywhere in North America and South America. Evidence of their presence in a home can often be found in the form of their web, which will often be placed in an offbeat spot where they can live undisturbed. They soon tire of webs, and build new ones at a frequent rate. This can lead the homeowner to believe they have many more spiders in their home than they actually do. Males and females often live within the same web, mating often to produce offspring.
The beneficial effects of having spiders in your home will be to lower or eliminate the insect population in your home. One reason that older homes frequently have spider infestations is that insects have found the old wood, linoleum and damp, concrete basements to be quite inviting and habitable. Bathrooms, kitchens, basements and garages are areas in the home that commonly see an influx of spiders. These are also the areas where earwigs, beetles and cockroaches are living. Spiders will control the population of these types of insects as well as that of flies and mosquitoes.
Spiders Are More Friendly Than You Think
If you run screaming from the room every time you see a spider, you’re not the only one. Fear of spiders, or arachnophobia, is one of the most common fears that humans have. Something about those small furry creatures that have eight legs have our pulses high and our fear instinct kicking in. However, most spiders aren’t out to get and bite you. Many people are keeping spiders as pets. Well, there is a family and kids portal – Kidzable, where you can find hundreds of unique and fun spider names. Most spiders aren’t poisonous.