Although spiders can be beneficial in helping get rid of insects around your house, actually having them inside your home can be a nuisance. Since many people are afraid of spiders, they will use any means they can to get rid of them. While some spiders are venomous, most of the spiders common to British households are usually harmless to humans.
The biggest problem that most spiders pose is their ability to scare people who fear these insects. While most people do not welcome spiders, some are even deathly afraid of them. Unless you have panic attacks, however, you should be able to get over your fear of spiders by exposing yourself to them – but that doesn’t necessarily mean letting them crawl on you.
You can use techniques like hypnotherapy to overcome any fears, or you can simply learn more about your subject. If you look at pictures of them and learn that most spiders are harmless, you can begin to conquer your fear. Also, because they are beneficial in eliminating other insect pests, this knowledge can help you learn to appreciate spiders.
If a Spider Bites
Spider bites are actually rare because they do not purposely attack humans. The only time a spider usually bites is if it feels threatened by something or someone. While most of the time they will run away if given the opportunity, when they do feel trapped, they may bite in an effort to escape.
Most spider bites are harmless because their teeth are not strong enough to penetrate human skin. However, there are a few spiders with painful bites and others that have venom that can lead to medical complications, up to and including death. If you are bitten, it can be helpful to identify the type of spider it was, but when that isn’t possible, you should:
- Wash the area with a mild soap and water
- Apply a cold or cool compress to help with swelling and pain
Most of the time medical attention will not be necessary, but you should seek help if:
- There is an allergic reaction to the bite
- The area begins to appear infected, develops pus, or is warm to the touch
- A rash develops on or near the bite
- You suspect a venomous spider bit you.
Preventing Spider Problems
There are many ways to prevent problems such as potential spider bites. Although you can use anti-spider spray to keep them out of your house, you can also prevent issues by:
- Clearing away any spider webs you find in the house
- Making sure attics, cellars, and garages are free from spider webs
- Keeping firewood outside so you don’t bring spiders into your house inadvertently
Spiders in your house can indicate that you have insects in your home, because spiders are finding plenty to eat. You may also have them simply because it is starting to get cold outside and your house is nice and warm. Fortunately, there are easy ways to get rid of spiders and prevent problems.