Spiders are sometimes used to eliminate bed bugs, but they rarely catch enough to completely eliminate an infestation. Instead, it’s better to follow proper prevention methods. For example, you should wash your bedding in hot water and scrub it thoroughly. Alternatively, you can throw away the infested mattress or get a new one. If all else fails, call a local pest control company to have the infestation treated.
Spiders are known to eat a variety of different insects, and some species are better than others at killing bed bugs. Although there are a few types that hunt bed bugs, you should look for larger spiders to get rid of bed bugs. Spiders that hunt bed bugs won’t search for harborages, but they’ll try to catch them when they’re out and about.
If you see a spider, you’re likely to see a red, itchy bump. The bite itself isn’t very painful, and usually occurs only when a spider feels threatened. Because a spider will bite you only once, you’ll probably know right away if it’s a dangerous one. Other symptoms may include muscle cramps, difficulty breathing, and nausea. A bite from a dangerous spider can also lead to painful blisters.
While spiders are feared for being unnerving, spiders do have a positive side. Spiders will eat bugs, but not enough to control the population of bed bugs. However, if you’re looking for a natural way to control your bed bug problem, you can consider using a cockroach or other animal that feeds on bugs.