This year we’ll most likely see an abundance of spiders. You might even see some kinds you’ve never seen before! That’s because whenever insects become abundant (and the weather this year has been perfect for insects to increase), the spiders that feed on them also multiply.
Here’s the good news.
Most spiders are not dangerous. In fact, most can’t even pierce our skin with their mouthparts. Even the most tender-skinned person among us has skin that is just too tough and thick for spiders. Fortunately, too, spiders generally try to avoid us, and the venom of most spiders isn’t strong enough to harm huge giants like us.
However, some spiders can deliver a nasty bite. Of the over 3,000 species of spiders in the United States, about 50 of them are able to bite us. Of these, black widows (and some of their relatives) and brown recluse spiders are medically the most well-known, and have the most powerful venom. But venom from some of the other spiders can cause problems too, including swelling and pain. However, there has been a lot of research published recently that is showing that many reported “spider bites” are actually the bites or stings of other pests like fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies, as well as bacterial infections, etc.
Remember to never pick up a spider with an unprotected hand. Reduce clutter around your home. Properly light entryways so that you don’t attract insects and spiders to these areas. Because spiders re-infest, regular professional treatments are needed to keep them controlled and prevent them from building their messy webbing.