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Mythbusters: Swallowing spiders

You’ve probably heard this fact many times and hoped that by some miracle it didn’t happen to you. Is this really true? Our resident doctor of entomology and author of Ask the Bug Doc, Nancy Troyano, will help you sort through some of the misinformation out there in this edition of “Mythbusters”.

Spider Myth: The average person swallows eight spiders a year when sleeping.

Myth: Busted

This is one of the most common myths about spiders and is simply NOT true. According to Snopes.com, this myth was started in 1993 when a columnist for the PC Professional included it on a list of false facts. She was trying to prove how quickly misinformation spread via email.

It’s hard to believe, but spiders are actually much more afraid of you than you are of them. They prefer to be in quiet, unoccupied parts of the home away from people. 

Human sleeping sounds, like breathing and snoring, are pretty scary to spiders. All of these noises create vibrations which indicate signs of danger to a spider. Plus, most people would be awakened by the sensation of a spider crawling across their face into their mouth.

Seeing a lot of spiders in your home?

They can easily enter through cracks, gaps, and crevices. To keep spiders outside, there are a few things you can do.

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the home
  • Keep garages, attics, and basements clean and clutter-free
  • Vacuum or sweep away webs in and around the home
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations before bringing them indoors

Spiders eat other insects which may indicate that your home provides a food source for them. There are all kinds of indoor pests that spiders like to eat such as cockroaches, carpet beetles, house flies, crickets, and even other spiders.

Your Western Exterminator pest specialist can identify both the type of spider in your home and possible entry points. They will also make recommendations to seal these areas to prevent spiders and other pests from seeking shelter from outdoor conditions. Contact Western today to have one of our experts come survey your property.

Nancy Troyano

Nancy Troyano, Training Manager / Entomologist at Rentokil North America, is responsible for leading and supporting the development and training of Rentokil technicians throughout North America. Nancy works closely with Technical Field Trainers and Line-of-Business Managers to develop and implement a comprehensive training program for new and existing technicians. Nancy joined Rentokil after receiving her PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2009. Follow Nancy on Google+

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