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Spiders commonly found in Canadian homes include house spiders, wolf spiders, cellar spiders, fishing spiders and, much more infrequently, the black widow. They are usually found in corners of rooms, closets, boxes, dark crevices, basements, garages, and gardens. The spider has an unsegmented body with two main divisions and four pairs of walking legs. It also has organs for producing silk, which is used for making nests, webs to catch prey or cocoons for its eggs.
Spiders can have up to eight eyes. With so many eyes, it is surprising that most are near-sighted. Most spiders prey on insects, many of them pests. Once the prey becomes tangled in the web, the spider immobilizes it by wrapping it in more silk and then injecting venom to paralyze it. Later, the spider injects a predigestive liquid and sucks out all the nutrients from its prey. Not all spiders are web spinners, and there are many types of spiders that use different strategies to catch their food. Most are nocturnal, shy, and avoid confrontation by running away. They will only bite if they feel threatened, for example being squeezed or held.
Spiders do not transmit any diseases. Although nearly all spiders have venom glands, they rarely bite humans, and only a few species, like the black widow spider, can have a dangerously venomous bite.
Spiders and webbing can detract from the aesthetic appeal of a home, cottage or boathouse. Webs around windows, doorways, soffits and fascia can be an unpleasant sight. They can outdoor living spaces difficult to enjoy and make people uncomfortable. Even when swept or washed away, they can return quickly leaving you with another big cleaning chore before you know it! An annual exterior spider treatment is the answer.
Keeping your house clean reduces the number of pests that are food sources for spiders. To prevent pests from entering your home, weather strip or caulk windows and doors and repair screens. When cleaning your garage or basement or working in your garden, it is a good idea to wear gloves to avoid exposing yourself to unexpected spider bites.
- Sweep or vacuum baseboards and corners of rooms often to remove any food debris.
- Remove spider webs when spiders are not in them.
- Sweep behind washers and dryers often and rearrange furniture periodically to avoid spiders spinning webs in the same location.
- Keep clothing, shoes and blankets off the floor so that spiders do not hide in them during the day.
- Use yellow light bulbs outdoors to attract fewer insects, thereby discouraging spiders from spinning webs near your house.