You’ve got that right! It’s that time of the year when the wife jumps on the bed and screams blue murder for you to come kill the eight-legged intruder in the corner. While it is nice to feel needed once in a while, one wants to maintain some sense of hearing by the end of the season… In this post, we’re going to explain the types of spiders that can be expected, and share some fascinating facts about the creepy crawlers – the good and the bad.
Not scared of spiders? That’s a good thing, because there are more than 35,000 named species in the world and many of them have made a home for themselves right here in Ontario. This time of the year, the doc spider is most common, and can be found in your summer home, cottage and campgrounds.
You’ll be glad to learn that most spiders are harmless, and actually help keep insect populations in check. They are usually quite peace loving and seldom aggressive and most spiders have harmless venom. Only the brown recluse (mainly found in the Southern US, but it’s been argued for many years now whether brown recluse spiders live in Canada, but there have been several cases in Ontario of brown recluse bites) and black widow (usually found in rural southern Ontario’s, they’re still very rare in these parts). Those are very dangerous and about ten others that are venomous.
Spiders can often be found:
Dock spiders (Dolomedes) are a common sight for fishermen and cottagers lounging on the dock in Canada. Also known as the fishing spider, this incredible creature:
Thankfully, they are more scared of us than we are of them, and will only attack if they feel threatened.
Afraid of sharing your home with spiders? Once you have read the following facts, you may become more hospitable towards them.
On the contrary, there are several reasons why spiders are sometimes regarded as beneficial insects:
No matter how much we try to reassure our clients, many of them still don’t want spiders in their homes. In most cases, spiders will keep their own populations in check, but it is possible that their numbers may grow beyond what you are comfortable with, and that means you need to step in before there’s a complete invasion. Here’s how:
Large spider populations can be controlled or eliminated using safe, nontoxic methods. Get in touch with Greenleaf Pest Control to effectively eradicate the problem.