>According to an article by arachnologist R. G. Breene, Phd,
He generally seems to preffer being called "Spider Bob" or "SB" although it
sure makes him sound more impressive the way you wrote it... Not that he
doesn't deserve the credit but c'mon now.
The best method for controlling any animal is to attempt to make the area as
undesireable for them as possible. For widows this means clearing out any areas
that would allow them to tuck a web someplace out of the wind and rain
(dismantle debris, wood piles, etc.) and try to remove as much potential insect
food as possible, lowering the avaliability of prey. If you're looking to lower
the numbers in and around the house/garage/shed it basically comes down to
keeping dog and cat food, human food, bird seed or any other obviously edible
substances sealed at all times. You can't totally eliminate the prey of course,
or the spiders but you can make it less likely that they'll wander by and stay.
As another poster noted, they're also not an active or agressive species- don't
stick your hands anyplace you can't see and you should be fine.
It does hurt a bit though... kind of a "Stick a red hot needle in your arm,
then think of the worst flu you have ever had and add that feeling from the
morning after you push yourself way too far physically and everything aches"
but it's not usually fatal in healthy ***s. Usually.
"Genes, like Leibnitz's monads, have no windows; the higher properties of life
are emergent... And once assembled, organisms have no windows." - Edward