Make the Bugs Go!
Do Exterminators Get Rid of Spiders?
Of course, they do! Spiders, like most small insects, will enter your home through small spaces like crevices and cracks. They can also enter homes through gaps and cracks around window frames and doors and poorly screened doors and windows. Spiders may also enter a dwelling via various items brought into the house from the outdoors.
Spiders are attracted to areas that are dark or damp, like gutters or basements. However, they are also hiding in the warm and dry areas of your house. You may see more spiders in your home if you have a garden near the base of your home’s foundation or if you live in a wooded area
Are spiders harmful?
In most cases, spiders are harmless and generally shy away from people. However, some spiders pose a bite risk, making it even more necessary to exterminate.
Biters include species like brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders. Black widow spiders bite, but only when they feel threatened. While their bites don’t contain venom, they do leave a swelling. Black widow bites may be lethal to individuals with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and children.
Black widow spiders are distinguishable by the hourglass marking on their abdomen underside, which is usually a shade of red.
Bites from brown recluse spiders can cause muscle spasms, among other effects, and may require medical attention. These spiders, also known as violin spiders, can be identified by the dark violin shape on their cephalothorax.
How can I get rid of spiders in my home?
Most spider infestations are annoying and walking into webs every day isn’t something people look forward to as part of their daily routine. To rid yourself of spiders, you can purchase spider pest control products or hire an exterminator.
Professional spider pest control services can help remove large populations of spiders on your property.
How do professionals exterminate spiders?
There are different methods that spider pest control professionals can use to get rid of spiders. The main approaches are reactive and preventative spider control.
Pest control professionals provide various reactive treatments when getting rid of existing spider activity. When choosing this option, ask about the types of spiders each company can exterminate, as the species may vary.
Unlike reactive control, preventative spider control is a treatment exterminators use to prevent infestations before they occur. Most spider pest control firms offer annual and quarterly maintenance programs.
Extermination companies providing reactive spider control services also:
- Remove webs
As we all know, spiders usually build webs that they live on. Exterminators may go around your house cleaning out any spider webs they see. Most spiderwebs are hiding in corners.
Exterminators may also vacuum surfaces around the house, focusing on the hard-to-reach and dark areas, as these are favorites among spiders.
- Remove sheltering sites
Getting rid of compost piles, garden bags, firewood piles, and clutter around your property removes these insects’ most common hiding places.
- Fill gaps around the house
As mentioned above, most spiders enter the house through cracks and gaps in walls, doors, and windows. Filling these gaps will deter their entry.
Exterminators also recommend adding ventilation in small spaces in your home to provide sufficient airflow and prevent spiders from getting attracted by the moisture.
What can you do to prevent a spider invasion?
Keeping your basement dry, well ventilated, and well lit will help prevent spiders from venturing into your home. It also helps to seal gaps around doors, windows, or other cracks and entry points. If the exterminators already sealed the gaps, ensure they remain sealed.
In addition to this, you can avoid using landscaping materials that create cool and damp environments favorable to the other insects that spiders consume. These landscaping materials include riverbed rock. You can also ensure that you clear any clutter, woodpiles, and vegetation near your home’s foundation, as they’re all ideal environments for spiders.
What should you know before paying for spider pest control?
- How long will the company cover your home?
- What species of spiders do they exterminate?
- Will they be using chemicals, and what pesticides will they be using?
- How will the treatment be applied?