Should I Kill Spiders In My Apartment?


As human beings, we tend to always put ourselves first. This means we’ll likely kill anything that we perceive to be a threat to our well-being. While this is important for natural survival, a lot of times, it is unnecessary. When it comes to spiders, you are more likely to come across a beneficial spider in your home than a dangerous one. Killing them indiscriminately is not the way to go.

Spiders are known to be the best pest, controllers. They feed primarily on insects and bugs. Having them around the apartment, therefore, isn’t necessarily a bad idea. While killing spiders may be appropriate sometimes, learning to identify and kill specific spiders is a better approach.

Despite their appearance, not all spiders are harmful to humans. Getting acquainted with different species of spiders is important when it comes to controlling their infestation and spread. Before going on a killing spider spree, it is therefore important to know which spiders are worth killing and which ones are more beneficial to keep alive.

Types of spiders and how to get rid of them

Identifying the species that poses a problem in your apartment is important when thinking about controlling their spread and infestation. Some species can easily be killed off by a simple tap with a broom or anything at hand while other types of spiders are deadly and best left alone.

Some of the common spiders found in apartments include;

Cobweb spiders

These are commonly found in most households and are very tiny measuring 3 to 10 mm long. They prefer to live in dark, dry, and protected areas. In the apartment, they’re most likely to be found in closets or the attic.

Most of these spiders are harmless to human beings and are known to be good pest controllers. However, they can themselves be considered as pests as they form messy webs that may be an eyesore. The best way to rid yourself of these spiders should be a regular cleaning of your apartment paying special attention to places they may form the webs.

If any webs are spotted, they should be removed immediately. Alternatively, you can use a vacuum to kill off the spiders if you suffer from arachnophobia.

Black widow spider

These are notorious spiders that are identified by their hourglass-shaped marks on their abdomen. They are mostly found in areas with a temperate environment. These are some of the most venomous spiders with venom 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake’s bite.

If bitten, one would experience muscle aches, nausea, and even paralysis of the diaphragm making it difficult to breathe. In children, the elderly, and the infirm, the spider’s bite may be fatal. Fortunately, such fatalities rarely occur and the spider is non-aggressive and only bites when threatened.

To avoid such confrontation, you should get rid of anything that may attract the spider to the apartment in the first place. The first step involves getting rid of their food supply which is mostly insects. Do this by ridding the house of garbage and store food properly.

Seal all openings in the apartment and use screens to protect your vents and windows. If you do spot one, ensure you put on protective clothing such as gloves before trying to kill it. But do remember that where there is one, more are sure to follow. Therefore find their breeding source and destroy it. You can do this by vacuuming the webs which the females use to store their eggs.

Brown recluse spider

This is a very dangerous spider whose bite is venomous and leads to the destruction of blood vessel walls. This may result in a skin ulcer forming. The spider is identifiable by its dark violin-shaped design. The spider mostly lives outdoors in caves and burrows but can move inside to places undisturbed such as storage areas.

To get rid of this spider involves the basic steps such as regular cleaning and vacuuming. If you do spot one do handle with care. You could also use common insecticides to handle the spider infestation if any in your apartment. Ensure though that these chemicals are environmentally friendly.

Brazilian wandering spiders

This spider is considered the world’s deadliest spider. The bite from it is poisonous to humans as it affects the nervous system leading to symptoms such as salivation and irregular heartbeats. The spider can be identified by its defensive posture. This involves raising its front legs into the air. While it’s mostly found outdoors, it can easily be transported indoors.

Most females lay eggs in banana leaves and these may find their way into the apartment through purchasing a banana with the egg sac. If they do mature and break out of the egg sac, an instant infestation problem is at hand.

In most extremes, this may require the services of a fumigator. Therefore to avoid such an unlucky fate, make sure to inspect the groceries before bringing them home.

Brown widow spider

This is an invasive species found almost in all continents. Bites from it are considered twice as potent as that of the black widow. The species mostly makes it dwelling in old tires, buildings, under cars, or shrubs and bushes.

This type of spider can be eradicated through clutter management around the apartment. Ensure to keep the apartment clean and organized at all times. If you suspect an infestation, avoid if possible walking barefooted as bites mostly occur on the feet.

Final thoughts

Most of the spiders mentioned in this article are considered dangerous to humans. The good news is that most of these species prefer to stay away from humans. They also act as natural pest control agents, so leaving them alone actually benefits you. However, if you have an infestation, you might want to control their numbers. The best way to do this is to maintain a clean apartment and keep the bugs away. The spiders in turn will leave to infest elsewhere.

Melanie Asiba

Melanie is an author. She enjoys traveling, reading and trying out new things. In addition to writing for Apartment ABC. Connect with her at [email protected]

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