Do Spiders Eat Bed Bugs?
Our ultimate guide busting the myths on whether or not spiders eat bed bugs, and which other predators feed on them too.
Arachnophobia is one of the most common and well known phobias in the United States. Even if we wouldn’t put ourselves in the category of being an arachnophobe, there’s a strong chance that finding one in the home will give us the heebie jeebies, right?
Another pest we absolutely do not want to imagine infiltrating our homes – and even our beds – is the aptly named bed bug. We’re not really sure which is worse, to be honest.
But did you know that some people actually believe spiders could help in the getting rid of bed bugs by eating them?
Read on for our ultimate guide on the predators that eat bed bugs, as we answer the big question, Do spiders eat bed bugs?
The Relationship Between Spiders and Bed Bugs
Yes, they’re creepy, but if you have bed bugs in your midst, the common house spider could actually soon become a firm friend of yours.
Do spiders eat bed bugs? The answer is, very simply, yes, they do. In fact, they’ll eat just about anything that they can trap within their webs.
A variety of different spiders will be likely to trap bed bugs within their webs, and then eat them later on. spiders are one of the most likely creatures to dine on bed bugs, actually, because they’re more often than not found in the bedroom.
However, if you are wondering whether or not a spider could help you eradicate an entire infestation, this is highly unlikely. yes, they’ll eat some bed bugs, but there’s no way they could go through an entire colony. In fact, they probably couldn’t even reduce their numbers in any kind of significance.
Adopt the attitude, that every little helps! But they won’t be able to solely get rid of your infestation. Other methods will have to be adopted also.
Other Insects that Feed on Bed Bugs
Now, we’re going to be taking a little look at the other kinds of insects which will happily feast on bed bugs.
Read on for more!
The Pharaoh Ant
There are a wide variety of different species of ant, and generally speaking they’ll eat pretty much anything.
The pharaoh ant, however, is listed as being the most fond of feeding on bed bugs over other kinds of ant.
There are also many different species of cockroach out there and, again, they’ll eat basically anything.
The species best known for feasting on bed bugs, are:
- American cockroaches.
- Oriental cockroaches.
- German cockroaches.
However, there are likely to be more too!
Last of all, but by no means least, lizards will eat bed bugs. So having one in the home as a pet could certainly come in handy!
They are a more viable bed bug catcher than cockroaches, ants, and spiders, because they don’t spread diseases, and are easily seen.
We would still always recommend calling in a professional pest exterminator, however.
Thanks for reading!
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