- Colour Varies between species
- Size From 3 mm to 35 mm long depending on the species.
- Description All spiders have four pairs of legs, which are segmented and in most cases skinny in appearance.
Why do I have spiders?
Common spiders found in Canada include the wolf spider, fishing spider, cellar spider, house spider, garden spiders and jumping spiders.
All spiders prefer dark, moist environments and tend to avoid contact with other organisms. In nature, they make homes in caves, tree hollows and shrubs, under rocks, and in soil.
In homes and businesses, spiders tend to build webs in basements, garages, and corners of rooms, gaining entry through cracks and crevices in the building.
Spiders lead solitary lives and prey on other pests, such as aphids, caterpillars, and various insects. Most live for about a year, while some can live as long 15 years.
How worried should I be about spiders?
Spiders are not known to transmit diseases to humans, but their presence can be alarming for many people, particularly those affected by arachnophobia. Spiders and their webs are also considered unsightly and most people consider them to be pests.
The are typically nocturnal and react to confrontation by fleeing in most cases. On rare occasions, when trapped inside a shoe or piece of clothing, spiders may bite, although in Canada, most spider bites are not fatal.
The black widow spider is not naturally found in Canada but it can be hazardous to humans. It bites affect the nervous system and can result in muscle cramps, sweating, headache, and high blood pressure. If left untreated, the bite site can become seriously infected and fatal in some cases.
Home remedies such as removing webs and sealing cracks may discourage spiders, but if you are continually finding multiple spiders in your home, you may have an infestation. For truly effective spider control, you need professional pest control services.
How can I prevent spiders invading?
Seal cracks and crevices in building exteriors, Replace broken window and door screens, Keep home clean and free of insects, Remove webs frequently, Make sure rooms are ventilated, Use dehumidifiers if needed
Types of Spiders
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