Jumping spiders for pest control (?)
Early last spring I started quite a few plants in my basement for my outdoor garden. A few weeks into the process I started having a mite problem. I started treating them with Safer soap, but then moved up to pyrethrum. This kept them to reasonable levels but they didn't go away. One night I saw a hairy spider about the size of one of my fingernails jumping around on a plant. It turned out to be a species of jumping spider. I got creeped out by it but decided to just leave it there. Well, my mite problem went away. I looked for the spider the next day but couldn't find it. Then that evening I found it in my kitchen. I wasn't positive if all the mites were gone so I put it back in the basement. Then it disappeared. And so did the mites.
My question is has anyone ever released one of these larger jumping spiders into their indoor garden for pest control ? I am in Minnesota USA and from what I can tell they aren't poisonous here. Maybe in the tropics you have poisonous ones the size of basketballs and would tend to keep those out of your living quarters. The little buggers are really creepy, and I am sure someone not interested in plants or wildlife would immediately kill one if they saw it in their house. I have kept tabs on a few in the garden outside and am thinking if I had a large pest outbreak I would capture one and bring it inside. Does that sound really crazy ? Actually it does to me :)