Spiders are found on every continent on the planet with the exception of Antartica. They are truly remarkable creatures, performing the beneficial service of eating insects (including many harmful ones). While there are many types of house spiders, including a few that can pose a threat to people, most common house spiders are completely harmless.
Because many people know that spiders are beneficial, when confronted with an eight-legged creature homeowners will often do the humane thing and capture them and release them outdoors. For some species, especially if they are native, this is a great option. However, many species of house spiders can only survive indoors and releasing these species into the cold can be a death sentence.
Can House Spiders Survive Outdoors?
Most spiders have adapted to live under specific conditions. The American house spider, for example, is native to South America and most likely is perfectly fine living outdoors … if you live in Brazil.
Even species that are well-established in Washington state like the giant house spider, a native of England that has lived in North America for hundreds of years, are not equipped to survive a cold Seattle morning.
The takeaway? It’s probably best to not put something “back outside” that was never outside in the first place. House spiders typically live their entire lives indoors. The fact is you probably have dozens of spiders living quietly in your home. Some experts have gone so far as to say that only about 5 percent of the spiders you see inside your home have ever set foot outdoors.
Where Do Spiders Live In Your House?
Spiders can enter your home in a number of ways. Once they enter your home, they’ll look for undisturbed spaces like underneath the basement stairs or behind bookshelves, where they will live their entire lives, reproduce, and die often without ever being seen.
Some may make their way in from the garage when you’re carrying in groceries or will stowaway on a bundle of firewood you brought in from the woodpile. There are dozens of different species and each has its own habitat. House spiders like living in quiet undisturbed areas with plenty of moisture and food. Cluttered areas like garages, sheds, and basements are among their favorite places.
When To Call An Expert
Generally, common house spiders are not a problem. However, if you see an unusually large amount of spiders you may have an infestation.
If you live in the Puyallup, Washington, area, and you think you may have a spider problem, give the experts at Whitworth Pest Solutions a call. They are experts at identifying and eradicating spider infestations and offer residential programs that can keep your home pest-free.