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Spiders Aren't Interested in Biting You

Making It Grow Minute

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Our house was built in 1880 and although we have indoor plumbing and electricity, not much else has been done to it. Windows and doorways are like super highways for small creatures and we have lots of spiders who live behind crown moldings and baseboards. Some mornings we wake up with itchy spots and have laid the blame on spiders. Actually, who knows! Spiders are in no way interested in biting people – they eat insects. Of the 50,000 spiders identified, only two dozen have medically significant venom. If a spider does bite, it is because it got mashed or rolled on or threatened in some way. I know our spiders are keeping the indoor insect population under control as their waste product blisters the finish on the tables and floors it lands on and is hard to remove.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.