For many bug phobics the coming of winter is a blessed escape and relief from the creepy crawlies of summer…or is it? Oftentimes winter is actually when many pests will turn to the warmth and comfort of your home to escape the cold weather, and while it pains me to tell you, spiders are no exception to this rule.
In this article we’ll be taking a look at this most feared of pests, finding out how they survive the winter, where they hide, and how to deal with an infestation.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
What a spider does when wintertime approaches really depends on the breed. Some spiders will only live for one season, and will continue their bloodline by laying eggs in the fall. The eggs that are laid will either stay in their egg form until spring starts, or they will hatch within the egg sack, becoming a little spiderling community.
Other spiders will find a dark safe spot to hibernate in until the weather warms up a bit. Most commonly, these spiders will make a nest or a cocoon to insulate them while they sleep, where as some others will burrow underground.
Some can even survive the winter months, due to their slow metabolism, meaning they require less food. Another spider which remains active during the winter months is the common house spider, as it spends its entire life in the warmth of houses, garages, and barns.
Antifreeze for Survival
Aside from seeking safe shelter and creating warm nests, some spiders have also adapted biologically to survive cold environments. Similar to bugs which diapause (basically go into stasis) upon sensing the change in weather, spiders’ bodies start to slow down, and produce a chemical called polyhydroxy alcohol, which is basically the spiders’ version of antifreeze. When the warm weather returns, this chemical stops being produced, allowing the spider to become active again.
Where Would a Spider Hide in my Home?
As the spider’s main aim is to seek warmth for themselves and their babies during the winter months, many of these arachnids will find your home more than suitable. As they like dark environments, it is not uncommon to find spider nests in your attic, basement, cellar, or even under your porch. The back of little-used cupboards may also be tempting, so make sure to keep them clean, and rotate clothing and blankets, that have been out of use over summer.
Dealing with a Spider Infestation
Unless you’re familiar with identifying different spider breeds, in terms of spider control its best to call in a professional pest control expert. This is because, while uncommon, there are several breeds of spider that can be harmful to humans, and you really don’t want to get bitten by an unidentified assailant!
A pest controller will also have specific knowledge to help not only rid you of your infestation, but prevent it from returning. They may be able to identify points of entry that can be closed, or offer little tips and tricks to handle your spider control problem.
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