Spider season in full swing

Eight-legged creatures may seem like they're taking over our area, but it's not necessarily a spike in their population contributing to their increased appearances.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2018 1:13 PM
Updated: Oct. 22, 2018 1:13 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Eight-legged creatures may seem like they're taking over our area, but it's not necessarily a spike in their population contributing to their increased appearances. News 18's Samantha Thieke spoke with some arachnid experts to get the scoop on spider season.

"The only venonmous spiders are black widows, brown recluse and yellow sac spiders. The only thing you can get from the other spiders is the 'heebee jeebees'," said Andrea Patrie.

Andrea Patrie knows spiders. The Vice President of Reliable Exterminators says the business has been busy helping customers get rid of them this fall.

"A lot of our even regular customers are saying that they are seeing a lot this year specifically," said Patrie. "A lot of spiders are making webs from the bushes up to the eaves. So they don't get in any product that was sprayed on the foundation."

While Patrie's customers may feel like the spider population is up, Purdue entomologist Tim Gibb says another bug may be to blame for more spiders in and around homes.

"There were a lot of moths that get into our crops that were in higher numbers than they had been in the past," said Gibb.

Gibb says moths and other bugs are attrached to porch lights and lights in windows and the more bugs hanging around your home creates a buffet for spiders.

He says while they may be creepy, spiders tend to be misunderstood.

People tend to be afraid of them, when in fact they're almost all very beneficial." said Gibb.

Patrie also says that's very true considering the spiders most exterminators see around here aren't venomous.

"Even though we're seeing a lot of spiders these last few weeks, there's nothing really to be concerned about," agrees Patrie.

Patrie has some advice for those with arachniphobia. She says knocking down webs from bushes and the eaves and clearing out debris from the foundation of the house could all discourage spiders from nesting there.

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