Spiders as potential bio-predators for controlling woodworm infestation

Charles Hippisley-Cox

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Abstract

A study was conducted to demonstrate the potential of spiders being used to control woodworm populations. The five-year trial followed the informal observations of Pholcus Phalangioides devouring a variety of prey during repairs to a property in Northern France where it was a legal requirement for buildings to be chemically treated as part of the formal property transaction process. These spiders were efficient venomous carnivores and harmless to humans as their fangs were small to penetrate human skin. Their effective hunting method also had the potential to be used against other species of spiders including the large house spiders. The spiders generated large numbers of spiderlings under the study that survived into adulthood with an estimated 75 adults in 2007. The estimated 75 adults in the spring of 2007 completely destroyed the woodworm population with approximately 400 examples of beetles caught and wrapped in silk bundles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages28-29
Number of pages2
Volume87
No.4
Specialist publicationBuilding Engineer
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012

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