We’re all familiar with spiders. We see them, we see their webs and we’ve all had times when their sudden presence has caused the heart to race a little fast than normal when they crawl out from behind a cupboard or door. Putting the ‘fear factor’ aside, spiders do play an important role in our ecosystem
The habits of spiders can vary according to the species. Some spiders like warm, secluded, small places such as in cracks, air vents, cupboards etc. Others prefer an outdoor habitat and will spin their webs in your garden on the branches of plants and trees or under the eaves of a house and perhaps under the roof of a pergola. Other still may live in burrows underground but generally, if there is a plentiful supply of insects, one will find spiders.
Spiders tend to be more active in the Autumn months when they will enter your home not just to seek warmth during the winter, but also to seek a mate and lay eggs. During winter some spiders will die off but as the warmer weather arrives, they will disperse and the new population will become more active.
Spiders generally tend to be non-aggressive towards humans and will retreat to cover when disturbed however if bitten by a spider, the resultant effect can vary from mild irritation to death and so, particularly if young children are present, it’s wise to have a spider control process in place
As has been previously mentioned, spiders in general are harmless to humans and animals yet their appearance can be traumatic and so a methodical, proven approach is needed in their control. At Tahmoor Pest Control we have a long experience in spider control and the treatments we use are residual, water based, long lasting and lethal to spiders. As well, these treatments, once dry, are completely safe to humans and animals alike.
HOW DO WE TREAT FOR SPIDERS?
CRAWLING OR HUNTING SPIDERS
Crawling or Hunting spiders are not found on webs but commonly make their home under leaf litter or bark, in hollows or purpose-built burrows and in general garden areas. Therefore these type of spiders either hunt down or ambush their prey.
For crawling or hunting spiders, control is extremely difficult. Spider control methods are limited to the removal or elimination of each individual spider by direct contact with a pesticide.
For that reason, chemical sprays applied as a “barrier” method of spider control, to stop crawling spiders may not work. As a result no pest control company can offer a genuine warranty on crawling/hunting spiders.
Webbing spiders depend upon silk for their movements and spinning webs for catching their prey.
For webbing spiders, there are a few different spider pest control options.
• Reduce the food supply for webbing spiders. For instance by turning off lights at night. Implementing other pest control measures (such as mosquito control, fly control, etc.).
• Remove webs: Removing spider webs may stop you inadvertently walking into them but this is not a long-term spider control solution.
• Chemical sprays: You can spray a spider directly with flying insect spray as a case-by-case form of spider pest control. By spraying chemical on the webs does not always give an effective result. As most webbing spiders hang on using claw-like structures on their legs which do not readily absorb chemical residues. Consequently the optimum result is to hit the spider directly with the product.
Almost always we recommend removing the web after the treatment. Because this allows you to determine when the spider population is building again and when further spider control is needed.
Contact us to organise an inspection of your premises.
In NSW, there are numerous species of spiders however we will focus on a few varieties commonly seen around homes and businesses in our state
Black House Spiders
White Tailed Spider
Daddy Long Legs Spider