For the most part, household spiders are harmless to humans. This is because they much prefer bugs instead of people in terms of food. That said, when those kinds of spiders move into a home, it doesn’t take too long before they’re laying eggs. As a result, an infestation may be imminent, but luckily, we can avoid it by catching the signs early.
When the worst comes to worst, pest control companies in Mississauga like ICE Pest Control and their expert technicians can take care of the problem for you entirely. However, preventive maintenance can keep that problem from ever occurring in the first place! Here’s what to know:
A female spider carries her children in a silk egg sac as she forages in your home, or sometimes it gets hidden in a web. Black widow and brown female spiders can produce up to 20 egg sacs in their lifetime, with an egg count ranging from 150 to 300 eggs. However, those eggs tend to have a relatively low survival rate.
Where spiders end up placing their egg sacs depends on what their species is. Aside from the web, possible locations include tree branches, the underside of leaves, or even in a burrow. Undisturbed areas of your home are also likely to end up with egg sacs placed in them.
The hatching time for spider eggs is 2 to 3 weeks after they’re produced. The exact timeline differs based on the season and spider species. Spiderlings don’t go too far when they fully emerge, at least for several weeks. Eventually, however, they will start to explore and stake their territory.
Identify the Spider
Spiders are generally harmless to humans, save for a select few species that are highly dangerous. This includes the brown recluse and the black widow spider. Spider egg sacs are generally cream to white, oblong, or round. Certain egg sacs are smooth, while others have bumps or spikes.
- Black Widow – The eggs of this species are roughly the size of a pencil eraser; relatively small. However, it still packs quite the punch. A typical black widow egg sac can have up to 400 eggs. Their webs are typically unorganized and messy, which is perhaps why they hide their eggs there.
- Brown Recluse – The eggs of this species are shaped like a cone, if not entirely round. Colours range from tan to off-white. There are up to 300 eggs in their egg sacs.
Spiders can be removed through glue traps. Those are typically found in a hardware store or even your local market. However, you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
The fragility of spider eggs plays a crucial role in eliminating them. Whichever method you use, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag before throwing them out entirely.
- Remove the eggs through a vacuum cleaner, then disposing of the debris and cleaning the bag after.
- Sweep up the eggs with a broom and dustpan, ensuring no spiderlings have escaped.
While most household spiders aren’t poisonous, they can set off a spider infestation in your home. A call to ICE Pest Control may be required to manage the situation correctly. Look out for eggs in spider webs and undisturbed parts of your home, then be sure to dispose of them in a sealed plastic bag.
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