Posted by John Fasoldt on 13:03:26 5/13/2018 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: Re: Looking to calm my nerves posted by Adam on 8:10:45 5/13/2018 from 184.108.40.206:
Yeah, the lights will attract the spiders, they "know" that they'll find food there... I leave my outside lights OFF at night around the entrance doors, and instead use those lights that light up only when movement is detected. Mine work on 4 "D" batteries, they've been up for over a year, no change of batteries. Plus, they shine ON the entrance, they are not near the entrance, so they don't attract the same amount of insects and spiders.
And, of course, spiders that are on or in your entranceways can get "sucked-in" by you merely opening a door. Scary, huh? No, not really... Almost every spider is reclusive and not aggressive at all. Bite danger is defensive and in retaliation. You almost have to FORCE them to bite.
I guess the one that can cause a problem, the brown recluse spider will bite if it is disturbed from a hiding place. Some have been bitten by a BR hiding in their shoes. Your IP says you're in or around Minneapolis? If so, you're not in danger of experiencing any brown recluse spiders, they are not in your area.
As far as what you can actually DO about spiders? Other than what I've already detailed, your options are chemical or mechanical. Frankly, I've always thought that, using chemicals with spiders, the 'cure is worse than the disease.'
I think, for the most part, "mechanical" is the way to go. First of all, it's non-toxic, and it's free. And, as you have surmised, the "spider season" roughly corresponds with an "insect season." So, depending on the severity of the situation, you take a broom, wrapped with a cloth, or something, and go around your entire house, on the INSIDE, and brush all of the right angles and along the ceiling where the spiders hide out. The entire house. Shake it out after you take it outside. You'll kill a lot that you won't even see!
Don't spend money on insecticides, because of spiders' habits, it just doesn't work that well. And insecticides are EXPENSIVE! Don't forget, insecticides are manufactured and marketed (99%) by (you guessed it!) Big Pharma. Let's not give them any more money than they already have, huh?
BUT, you ask... Under what scenario would I recommend the use of chemicals for spiders? I would if you came to me and said the house was vacant for months, had accumulated an outrageous amount of spiders (and/or other critters) and was going to be vacant for a week or so. At that point, I could recommend treatment(s) to end the problem. Being vacant with no one going in for a week, I could use chemicals and procedures that I couldn't if people or their belongings were there. I rarely did this for "normal" houses, it was usually deserted or abandoned properties, often for governments or real estate.
Naturally, depending on the outside of your home, and its entranceways, you should also use the mechanical method. Chemicals can affect paint, siding, masonery, you name it. Besides, it doesn't last that long outside, no matter what they say on TV...
I think most people have the same problem as you - "anxiety" - it means many nameless things and will often win out in a battle with "critical thinking." Even in the best of us. Yours might be spiders, mine is those musical ice cream trucks. lol
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