Spider season might be in full swing but if you're thinking about blitzing your house of creepy crawlies, you might want to think twice about how you remove them.
Many people are temped to trap, whack or even splat dead spiders lurking in the dark corners of their home, but killing any kind of arachnid can actually make your critter problem worse.
Household spiders are an important part of nature's eco-system, but they also do handy jobs around the home like prey on bacteria-carrying insects including cockroaches, mosquitos, earwigs and moths.
Spiders use their webs to hold on to disease giving pest in your home thereby reducing the risk of contacting diseases.In concert with other insectivorous animals such as ants and birds, they help to reduce the population densities of insects significantly. Spiders thus make an essential contribution to maintaining the ecological balance of nature.
However, if you do suffer from arachnophobia, don't panic – and definitely don't flatten that spider with your nearest newspaper.
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