Spiders belong to a group of arthropods known as arachnids and can be classified into two types: hunting and web-building spiders.
The Brazilian Wandering and Tarantula are considered hunting spiders since they wander around looking for prey. The Black widow is regarded as a web-building spider since it builds a web to catch its prey.
Listed below are five poisonous spiders found throughout the world.
- The Black Widow
- The Brazilian Wandering
- The Brown Recluse
- The Redback
- The Funnel-Web
House spiders can become a nuisance if not controlled. Apart from worrying about cobwebs, spider bites are another concern.
The common house spiders are:
Daddy Long Legs are not poisonous and feed on mosquitoes and other spiders such as their own kind and also the poisonous black widow.
Wolf Spiders belong to the hunting variety and are quite fast.
Jumping Spiders tend to jump on their prey and are more hairier than other house spiders.
Houses close to lakes and empty houses have a higher chance of being infected with spiders.
You can protect your home from spiders to a great extent by keeping it clean, getting rid of cardboard and old newspapers, not allowing the laundry to pile up (spiders love to hide inside dirty laundry since its dark and a great hiding place) and sealing crevices around windows.
Sprinkle baking soda or a few drops of eucalyptus oil in areas where spiders frequent. These are two effective natural remedies commonly used to prevent spiders from entering the home.
It’s not only in the house spiders dwell but also outside in the garden and garage.
Don’t allow debris, bricks and firewood to collect in the garden and garage. Keep your garden clean by trimming the lawn and cutting over grown bushes. If you find spider egg sacs destroy it immediately.
Some people use yellow colored bulbs for their garden lights claiming insects and spiders are not attracted to it.
If you’re bitten by a spider go to the doctor and get the bite treated immediately. If you’re unable to get to the doctor right away apply the following on the bitten area to relieve the pain and swelling.
Baking Soda – Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water. Soak a wash cloth or cotton pad in it. Squeeze out excess water and keep the cloth on the bitten area for 5 minutes. Repeat the process 3 times.
You can also make a paste by mixing together 1 teaspoon baking soda with a little water and apply it on the bitten area.
© Suranee Perera 2012