Tuesday, August 30th 2022, 9:00 am - They're actually beneficial, but you may not want them around
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Spiders are, generally speaking, your friends. Though some are venomous enough to harm humans, most don't pose a threat, and even help keep other, more harmful species in check. Still, if you ever find them somewhere you'd prefer they not be, here are five things we recommend to help deal with them.
Step one to dealing with any bug problem, of course, is traps – they’re low-effort, in the sense you just deploy them, leave them be, and let their intended targets come to their own doom. This pack from Terro is well-reviewed on Amazon.ca and is easy and convenient to use, foldable to keep the trapped insects out of view and less easily accessible to pets or young children.
- Pack of 12
- Aside from spiders, also effective against scorpions, ants, cockroaches, crickets and others
- Rated 4.2 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 6,300 reviews
For something more durable, there’s this option from RESCUE. Made of simple recyclable plastic, we liked it not only because it has more substance to it, but because, well, it doesn’t look like your standard insect trap, while also not looking too ostentatious. You can spread these in strategic locations and they’ll escape people’s notice, particularly in narrow areas.
- Comes in a three-pack
- Glue is applied to two sides, so can be flipped to extend its usefulness
- Rated 4.2 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 1,000 reviews
On a more proactive note, if you spot a spider, you needn’t wait for it to blunder into one of your traps. Just grab a spray, and take care of the problem then and there. Raid is an old pro at specialized sprays, and you can trust this spider-specific option.
- For indoor use
- Effective against other indoor pests, including centipedes, cockroaches, earwigs and silverfish
- Rated 4.4 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 300 reviews
If you’re like me, and prefer to gently relocate spiders whenever possible, consider this non-lethal control option. The end is lined with soft nylon bristles, allowing you to snatch and hold spiders and other small creatures without injuring them, then depositing them outside. Also great for educational purposes.
- 24-inch handle makes it easier to get to harder-to-reach places
- Three colour options
- Rated 4.2 out of 5, based on more than 4,600 reviews
As I’ve said, we know that sometimes you have to take care of spiders, but generally speaking, the arachnids are largely beneficial. Since you’re in the spider mindset already, why not take this chance to get to know them a little better? The Audobon Society specializes in wildlife guides, and their Field Guide to Insects and Spiders is a great place to start.
- More than 700 illustrations
- Rated 4.8 out of 5, based on more than 1,300 reviews
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