Spider season approaching as temperatures start to drop

Monday may be the first day of fall, but it also marks the official start of spider season here in the Inland Northwest.

It’s not uncommon to see spiders in our homes during this time of year. While they may look creepy, thankfully most of the spiders we see here aren’t dangerous. In fact, some may even be helpful in keeping away other pesky insects.

“They’re not after you,” said Julie McElroy, Volunteer at Washington State University’s Master Gardener program.

Yet most of us are convinced they are.

“I think it’s horror movies, all the legs. People think it’s something creepy that’s going to crawl on them,” said McElroy.

Once the weather starts to cool down, it seems like we just can’t get enough of them.

“It’s a normal thing for you to see spiders in your house this time of year,” said McElroy.

You’ve probably seen many of these spiders before. They’re dark brown with long legs and typically harmless, but many people tend to mistake them for something much more dangerous.

“The brown recluse has a reputation of causing the flesh eating bacteria,” McElroy said.

However, that spider you’re seeing is most likely just a hobo spider. While it may look scary, there’s actually nothing to be afraid of. Other spiders you may run into are the wolf spider and the cat face spider.

“People kind of freak out at that because they are so large, but they’re not toxic either,” said McElroy.

One toxic spider you could see outside of your home is the black widow, but typically they won’t find their way indoors.

“The biggest thing is when you’re moving things outside you want to wear gloves,” McElroy said.

If you’re still not convinced, there are ways to prevent these eight legged critters from coming into your home.

“There’s little sticky traps you can put in that pretty much takes care of it,” said McElroy.

If that doesn’t work, an exterminator could also do the trick.

If you have a question about a spider that you find in your home, you could always trap it and bring it to one of the Master Gardeners at the WSU Extension Office in Spokane located at 222 N Havana St, Spokane Valley, WA 99212.

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