Spiders are one of the scariest pests that we encounter in our home. So, there should be some kind of evidence that can be used to identify whether they are present in our home or not.
What about spider poop?
Spider droppings can be a sure sign of spider infestation in our home. But, another question that comes to the mind is,
Do spiders poop?
This is not the only question that people think about the spider excrement. There are a lot of different type of questions like if they poop, then can it make you sick, how to clean these droppings etc.
So, in this article, I’ll try to answer each and every question that comes to our mind.
So, let’s get started.
Do Spiders Poop?
Yes, they do.
Just like any other pest or animal or bird, spiders poop.
Every species whether it is a pest, animal or any bird, they remove the waste material from their body in the form of feces or droppings, and spiders are no different from them.
But, spider droppings can be a little messy. They are not like solid droppings which you can find in one place from where you can easily clean it.
So, now we know that spiders remove the waste material from their body via droppings.
But, how to identify whether it is a spider poop or not?
Let’s find out.
What Does Spider Poop Look Like?
Spiders drop the waste material from their body in the form of urine and feces.
As told earlier, their droppings are little messy.
In most of the cases, you can find the spider feces on the walls and surfaces.
They don’t leave solid droppings; instead, their droppings are thick and liquid. In the first place, these are like dark ink stains on the floor, but these are not ink stains, these are spider feces.
If you want to know exactly, what do these droppings look like, then here is the answer.
Their feces look like splats or drips in the shades of black, brown, white or gray. The color or type of feces depending on the species to species, but in most of the cases, you can expect dark splats or drips.
These droppings are the combination of food and the other waste materials that are released from the spiders’ body.
Spider Poop Pictures
Here is a picture of spider poop so that you can get an idea how it looks like. This image is taken by Luke Jones. It will help you to identify it.
Is Spider Poop Toxic?
If I have to give you a one-word answer, then it’ll be YES.
The spider poop can make you sick.
There are some researches that clearly tells that there are many diseases causing pathogens are present in the flies, and there is no doubt about that.
We all know that flies are more like a disease carrier. They spread diseases from one person to another.
You must be thinking,
How are flies related to spider droppings?
Actually, they are much related to each other.
Flies are the number one food source of spiders. When spiders eat flies, they also consume those disease-causing pathogens, and these disease-causing pathogens transfer from their system and finally reach to the surface of your home in the form of spider feces.
So, this is a clear answer that spider droppings can be harmful to the human health, and that’s why you need to make sure that there are no spiders in your home.
If they are present, or they were at some point in time, then you should make sure to clean those droppings.
Where to Find Spider Feces?
You can find spider feces wherever you see spiders.
You must be thinking,
I was expecting a more clear answer.
But, this is the truth. You’ll find spider droppings everywhere, where you see these pests.
To be more specific, these pests make their web in corners where there is no activity, so in the below of their web, you can find traces of spider poop.
The cabinets, stores, garage are also very common places where you can find spiders because you don’t visit these places very often, and the things in those place stay undisturbed for a few days. Therefore, these places become a good place for spiders.
How to Clean Spider Poop
If you clean the spider droppings right after it is dropped, then you can easily clean it without any difficulty.
But, once it gets dried, then it can be difficult for you to properly remove it from the surface.
Even, sometimes, if you become able to remove the droppings from the surface after it dries, it can leave the yellowish marks or stains on the surface.
You can clean the floor by using a piece of cloth with water, and rubbing the surface until the droppings leave the surface. But, there is no doubt that it is not the best way.
You can try it because by using this method, you can remove the dropping marks, but there are some other products available that can be used to remove these dropping marks from the surface of the floor.
Before using a harsh cleanser, it is very important that you know about your floor type. Otherwise, using a harsh cleanser on expensive fine furniture or the floor can damage it or make them look awkward.
Rubbing alcohol or other solvents on the furniture is also not a good idea because these things can cause some kind of damage to the finishing of the material.
There are some commercial products like Star Brite Spider & Bird Stain Remover that is available on various online & offline stores. You can try these stain remover, as they are designed to remove the dropping marks from any kind of surface so that may be a good choice for you.
I Found Spider Poop: What Does That Mean?
If you found spider poop in your house, then it is a clear sign that there are spiders present in your house.
In most of the cases, it does not mean that you have a lot of spiders because we all know that spiders do not live in groups.
But, if there are a few spiders present in your house, then it shows that they are getting good opportunity to live here, and therefore, there must be other spiders as well in your house.
What to do if you found spider droppings?
You are reading this article because you have found spider droppings in your house.
These droppings of spiders can also spread various kinds of diseases which can make you ill.
So, the number one thing that you have to do is to the cleaning of spider feces. In the above section, you can read about how to clean spider droppings from the floor without damaging the look of your floor and furniture.
But, you cannot keep cleaning droppings again and again, when you know that there is a spider infestation in your house.
You should do something to eliminate these eight-legged pests from your house.
In the next section, you’ll get to know a few methods that can be used to get rid of spiders easily and quickly.
How to Get Rid of Spiders
If you want to get rid of spiders from your home, then you can eliminate them by using three types of methods.
- By using home remedies
- By using commercial products
- By taking help of pest control companies
Whatever method you choose, but there is one thing that you have to do is to make your home clean.
If your house is not clean, it has dirt and debris, and then it will automatically attract pests in your house. Whether you are dealing with spiders, roaches, gnats or any other bugs, the number one thing that you have to do is to make sure your house is clean.
Whatever method you choose to eliminate these insects comes after the cleaning of your house.
Getting Rid of Spiders with Home Remedies
In the below, I have shared a few home remedies that can be used to kill and repel these pests. But there is one thing that you have to understand is that home remedies are not as effective as commercial products.
But, as home remedies are cheap, and you do not have to pay anything to anyone, so you can use the home remedies first before buying any product.
If it works, then it is okay.
If it does not work, then you can use products.
Just create a mixture of white vinegar with water, and spray the solution on the entry points, windows, doors, and other areas where you can think spiders can establish their home. This will help you to repel them.
There are various essential oils which can be used to repel spiders away from your houses like Lavender oil, Tea tree oil, and peppermint oil.
Create a mixture by using water and any one of these essential oils, and spray the solution in various places in your house.
Other Home Remedies
Along with these, there are many other home remedies that can be used to repel these spiders away from your house. These are:
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Spray
Get Rid of Spiders with Products
Home remedies work for some people, as you already know that these home remedies are not very effective.
If your house is free from spiders, then these home remedies may help you to protect your home from a new spider infestation, but if you are struggling with a spider infestation then these home remedies may not be the best thing for you.
There are many commercial products that you can use kill spiders in your house.
- Use Bug Bombs: There are many spider bombs that you can use in your house. By using spider bug bombs you can kill all the spiders that are present in your house, even those about which you don’t know.
- Use Spider spray: Spider sprays are effective for pests if you see them. With the spray, you can only kill a few. But, it’ll be a good idea to have a spider spray so that you can kill any spider if you find one.
- Use Traps: Traps are not very popular for spider killing, but still you can use them if you want.
- Use poison baits: You can use poison baits, but in the case of poison baits, you have to be careful that it should be out of the reach of children and pets.
By Taking Help of Exterminators
Taking help of exterminators is one of the best ways to eliminate spiders from your home.
But, people think that it is a very expensive solution, so they don’t even try.
Before buying any commercial products, I suggest that you should consult with a pest control service, if you think that their price is not very high, and you can afford it, then it is good to hire an exterminator instead of doing all the work by yourself.
So, this was all about the spider poop.
If you see spider dropping marks in your house, then it is a clear sign that you have an infestation in your house.
As the spider feces can also spread many kinds of diseases, therefore, you should clean them off as soon as possible.
But cleaning spider feces from your house is not enough, if you are facing an infestation, then you have to eliminate their population.
For that, you have home remedies, commercial products; even you can also take help of exterminators.
If you have any questions, then feel free to ask in the comments section.