iStock_000001888320XSmallMost spiders are small anthropods that feed on insects. This makes them beneficial in helping to manage pests in gardens, fields, forests and homes but are unwelcome house guests. Here are a few steps that can be of help:

  • Become familiar with what poisonous spiders look like and how they act
  • Spiders nest in undisturbed areas – discourage nesting by vacuuming or sweeping in closets, under furniture, in corners and cellars
  • Seal around doors and windows with caulk or stripping to prevent their entry
  • Keep outside porch and patio areas clean and washed, particularly under eaves, around foundations and in gutters