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Moderate Winter Brings Early Arrival to Spring Housing Market.

New Listings and inventory are decreasing.

Sales prices are leveling off.

Percent of original list price appears to be rebounding.

Mortgage interest rates remain low.

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Spiders in the Home

"Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet," no doubt wanting a home without spiders. Everyone knows that spiders are beneficial insects, eating pill bugs, centipedes, earwigs, flies and moths. But logic is easily overridden by the primal urge to squash their creepy little eight legged bodies. And when cobwebs are stuck in our hair, rarely are we impressed with its stronger- than- steel tensile strength and elasticity.

The most common types of spiders found in Minnesota homes are daddy long longs, zebra jumping spiders, sac spiders, wolf and grass spiders. The grass spider looks similar to the wolf spider, but the wolf spider hunts, whereas the grass spider builds its distinctive tunnel shape web. Generally, the spiders found in Minnesota do not bite humans and are not poisonous. Although the brown recluse spider may hitchhike here in produce and luggage, it has not yet established itself as a resident in this climate.

Spider webs are silk; a water insoluble, fibrous protein liquid ejected from the spinnerets that stretches and hardens immediately. It is the same protein as a silkworm, but the spider's predatory nature prevents it being used for commercial silk making. Different types of spiders have a varying number of spinarettes, and each of these will have a specific purpose. There may be separate spinnerettes for: Egg cases, nurseries, trap doors, parachutes, tunnels, drag lines or insect snares. Initially all the threads are non-sticky. The spider adds drops of a glue-like mucus substance to only one side of the threads. Then, the spider eats the threads used in the web's construction, but aren't needed for capturing prey. Because building a web is an energy expensive process, eating it recoups some of the protein used in its manufacture.

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Ridding the house of spiders is a never ending chore. The house centipede is an invasive species from the Mediterranean that eats them, but few people will find them any more tolerable. Otherwise, knocking down the webs and removing the egg sacs are the only way to control a spider population in the house. However, if there are large, persistent colonies, that may indicate another insect infestation providing the spiders with a food source. Also, cobwebs around windows and doors indicate a gap, and an air draft that should be sealed.

Chart data derived from the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors
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