Should You Leave Spiders Alone for Natural Pest Control?
Spiders are one of nature’s best pest control species. Spiders eat over 400 million tons of insects every year, so having a spider in your home is a great defense against pest problems. Because most of the spiders in NYC are harmless and many other bugs like cockroaches and flies can be dangerous, spiders are a good partner in pest control.
This leads some homeowners to wonder if they should leave spiders they find in their home alone or if they are their own pest problem. Here are some indicators to tell if you have a spider problem or simply another way to help manage bugs in your home.
When Spiders Become a Pest Control Problem
Almost every home in NYC has a couple of spiders around it. Barring any fears you have for spiders and as long as these are not the venomous yellow sac spider, a few spiders are not a cause for concern. If you are comfortable with them in your home, leave them alone. They will continue eating the bugs in your property, giving you free and easy pest control. You can kill them or take them outside if you prefer.
Spiders in your home will tend to manage their own populations. They are territorial animals and if the number of spiders exceeds the available food sources, spiders will begin to kill each other off to keep their numbers under control.
The problem with spiders arises when the food sources are large enough to support dozens or more spiders. When you have a lot of bugs in your home, you could soon have enough spiders to be considered an infestation and become an annoyance. This can make it necessary to call an exterminator for a few reasons:
- Other Pest Problems – When you have many spiders, it indicates that you also have another pest problem as well, even if you cannot see bugs. A pest control company can remove any bugs that are serving as a spider’s food source and the spiders themselves.
- Cobwebs – Spider webs left behind by spiders can collect dust and look extremely unattractive inside and outside your home. With a lot of spiders, cleaning up cobwebs can become a new constant task.
- Spider Bites – NYC has only one venomous spider, but almost all spiders will bite in defense. With many spiders on your property, there is a greater risk of uncovering a hidden spider and provoking a bite, which could be painful.
When the number of spiders in your home has become a nuisance, 24 Hour Pest Control NYC can provide spider control in NYC. We locate and remove spiders, as well as the other pests that are attracting them, to stop unwanted arachnid activity around your home. Call us today to get started.