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Why You Shouldn't Kill Spiders

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Jessica is a lover of all things living. She believes in taking the time to be good to all creatures, even bugs.

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Spiders are a huge fear for a lot of people. I understand why. They do have some stereotypically spooky traits, and almost all spiders are venomous, although most of them can not hurt humans. I can understand why not squishing these little critters that cause so much fear can be a big ask for some people, but there are so many reasons not to! This article will go over how helpful spiders can be, and it might even help you to see them in a different light.

They Catch Other Pests

Nobody likes having ants, flies, earwigs, or mosquitos around their house. Spiders are really handy for this. They pull their weight by catching these types of pests and more, and some species even eat other spiders. They are actually very helpful to the ecosystem in and around your home.

Spiders catching these pests come with a variety of benefits:

  • If they catch mosquitos it can help prevent disease.
  • If they catch moths that could help preserve your clothes.
  • If they catch ants that takes care of a big problem in your kitchen. Nobody likes ants in their food!
  • Spiders can even eat harmful pests like fleas and ticks!

Spiders are doing a lot more around the house than these other bugs are! As an added bonus, if spiders help to take care of a pest problem you won't have to use any harsh chemicals or pesticides in your home.

Most Spiders Are Not Dangerous

I know I have already stated that almost all spiders are venomous, but most of them can't hurt you. The risk of being bitten by a spider is pretty low. Most species don't have enough venom to hurt a human, and a lot of species aren't even able to bite people. A lot of spiders are just hanging out, they really don't want to hurt you.

I would still recommend learning about which spiders are harmful in your area, it probably isn't a good idea to share your home with a black widow. I left a spider identification chart in the further reading section.

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You Don't Have to Share Your House With Spiders to Not Kill Them

If you still don't want spiders living in your house, there is a very easy method to take them outside without having to touch them at all.

  1. Grab a glass and a sturdy piece of mail.
  2. Put the glass over the spider.
  3. Slide the paper under the glass, be careful not to squish his little legs!
  4. Now that the spider is trapped in the glass you can take him outside.

If you choose to go with this method the spider can keep up all of its good work outside. A lot of the time spiders get trapped in the house, they might not want to be there either.

They Are Very Helpful in Your Garden

Spiders are helpful in the garden in the same way that they are helpful in the house, they take care of pests. They eat all of the little bugs that will eat your crops, such as mites, aphids, and caterpillars. They also can take care of mosquitos and wasps. This means that you will be able to get more of your crops, and you won't have to use any pesticides! If you can find a way to coexist with the spiders in your garden, they might end up being great helpers.

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Killing Them Just Isn't Necessary

I know that most people's initial reaction when they see a spider is to yell, "Kill it!", but it can be empowering to face your fears and learn to coexist with these little creatures. This doesn't mean that you have to let them take over your house, but it gets less scary every time you help them get back outside. In my opinion it is a lot more rewarding to know that you are helping out the ecosystem and letting a little creature carry on with its life by taking it outside than it would be to squish the spider, even if they are a little scary.

Further Reading

Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why not to

USA Spider Identification Chart

Are Spiders in My Garden a Good or Bad Thing?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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