The last few mornings I have killed 5 spiders that jump. My daughter just came out of the bathroom frightened because she seen one of these pests too. I looked up spiders, but I am not finding any that look like the ones that we are having. We live by the river in an old home. The is a lot of moisture in our area. I thought maybe it was a jumping spider. I am not sure. Can you tell me if they are like the brown recluse? Are they as dangerous as those? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
If you read through our SPIDER CONTROL ARTICLE, you'll learn there are only a few potentially dangerous spiders in North America. And though quite common, jumping spiders are not one of the most dangerous. However, most every spider can bite and many carry venom of some kind. In general these "lower dose" spiders won't pose nearly as much of a threat as the big three (Black Widow, Brown Recluse and Hobo) but there is always the chance of the person being bit as having an allergic reaction to the bite. In fact, this is more common than you might imagine and it's thought that vast bulk of unidentified insect bites reported and needing treatment annually are from spiders.
For this reason more than most is how one can justify the act of doing some kind of preventive pest control around the outside of most any building which will house people. By doing so you can almost always keep unwanted pests from entering because once they do, more invasive treatments will be needed. At this point if you've seen 5 jumping spiders, there must of been a nest on or in the home that recently released a developing brood. Once mature, they'll start foraging out in many different directions. No doubt some have left the building but in all likelihood, many have moved inside as well. For now I'd keep watching and inspecting to see if you find them in other areas of the home and treat accordingly.
In summary, I would first advise against handling any spider you find in or on the home. Second, it would be prudent to apply some of the DELTAMETHRIN to the outside of the home to prevent anymore from wandering inside. I'd also set up some SPIDER TRAPS in any room where activity has been seen or suspected. Jumping spiders are naturally a foraging spider and will many times move around a lot more than most so the traps work well on them. Lastly, if you discover more inside, spot treating with the BAYGON AEROSOL would be a sure way to knock out any you may have missed.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Spider Control Article: http://www.brownrecluse.com/brown-recluse-spider-control
Spider Traps: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page166.html
Baygon Aerosol: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page163.html