- Feb 16, 2013
Surely it's better that the spiders catch other insects. That's why my house is full of cobwebs.
Correct. Spiders are good- especially your normal wolf spider running round your house ( there's probably several species of them here in Ireland). They live on insects. They are non-toxic, do not harbour, incubate or pass on any human illnesses, do not eat our food. I have always thought that the spiders [of this country] are our friends.They're in my house in Cork of recent years. The lie in their webs upside down. You'll notice their black-looking body from a distance.
If they are predating upon native spiders then it's time to eradicate them.
Let's keep it that way.
Venomous dangerous spiders have no reason to be better insect catchers than our equally old ( in a phylogenetic sense) wolf spiders, and may even predate upon our native species.
The False Widow Spider is most vulnerable as it tries to establish itself here. The time to shed them from our fauna is now.