What a House Spider Infestation Can Reveal About Your Home
Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor
When it comes to pests, some spiders are almost in a category all their own. The spiders we are referring to are house spiders, wolf spiders, and orb weaver spiders. While they are certainly cringe-worthy, they are not known to spread pathogens to humans and aren't considered mechanical vectors for harmful bacteria. The most harm these pests will do is cause some localized pain and leave an itchy, red welt on your skin. So we tolerate them when we find their webs hanging outside our doors and windows and when we see wispy webs developing in the upper corners of our rooms. Why? Because these "mostly harmless" spiders play an important role in controlling other, more dangerous pests such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, and flies. Basically, they are pest-controlling pests.
If you're finding these pest-controlling pests inside your home, what does that reveal about your home? It means you probably have other pests. Spiders can't live without food. Therefore, it is logical to assume that they are able to find food within the walls of your home if they've established themselves. And the more spiders you're seeing, the more likely it is that you have other pests living in your home.
If you're seeing spiders or spider webs in your kitchen, you might have a fly problem—and flies can be a serious problem all on their own, not to mention when paired with a spider infestation. The common house fly is suspected of transmitting at least 65 diseases to humans. They're also mechanical vectors of disease organisms. To sum things up, a fly infestation is definitely not a pest problem anyone should allow to persist!
If you're finding wolf spiders in your basement, you may have moisture damage. Wolf spiders often hang out in damp, humid locations because a large portion of the bugs they prey on are moisture pests such as earwigs, silverfish, and cockroaches. When wolf spiders start to appear, it is a good idea to inspect your home for conditions that could be allowing rainwater to enter the walls of your home or to soak the exterior wood. Rotting wood attracts carpenter ants, termites, rodents, and other creatures and invites them to chew holes that wolf spiders and moisture pests will exploit to gain access to your home. It is also important to deal with a cockroach infestation immediately. Roaches are linked to at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worm, and more. When they get inside, they can make your family become very ill.