Keeping spiders under control during late summer & fall transition

September 14, 2017By

Ahhh spiders.

Some people love them. They keep the bug population in relative check.

Other people. Well. Can you say arachnophobia?

Generally speaking, we’ve learned as pest control operators that most people don’t want to see spiders in or around their home.

The problem? Spiders are everywhere.

In fact, numerous studies have shown that you’re NEVER more than 6-12 feet away from a spider at any given time!

Yikes!

Why Are Spiders so Active in Late Summer & Early Fall?

For most of the year, spiders hang around in dark corners and quiet places hoping to catch a meal and stay out of view.

But during this time of year (Iate summer/early fall) it seems like spiders are everywhere.

Why is this?

2 reasons…

The first reason is temperatures…arachnids are insects (they are cold blooded). That means they rely on the heat of the sun in order to create energy, reproduce and eat…all of the important things in the lifecycle.

And that brings us to the 2nd reason, which you may have guessed. And that’s food supply.

This time of year, bugs are active too (for the same reasons spiders are). And since spiders eat bugs, they have to “make hay while the sun is shining” so to speak. It’s buffet time!

So this time of year, spiders are actively breeding, feeding and generally out and about which is why you see them more now than any other time of year.

Controlling Spiders

In a perfect world, you’d keep spiders under control, but not too much. After all, they get rid of alot of pests the natural, organic way (by eating them LOL).

But as we mentioned, homeowners generally abhor spiders, so we do get tons of calls to keep spiders under control.

Step number one in the process is getting cobwebs under control with regular cleaning. A simple regular brushing of cobwebs will help keep the spiders busy rebuilding nests rather than hanging out where you can see them.

Step two is keeping your bug problems under control. If you’ve got a bad case of pests gone wild, there’s a good chance the spiders will take notice. So the best defense is a good offense, to borrow a term from football.

However, knocking down webs and keeping pests under control won’t fully solve the problem. You’ve got to add in a layer of protection.

How, you ask?

Well, meet the “webster”.

Treating for Spiders

The “webster” might look like your ordinary dust mop. But rest assured it’s not!

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The “webster” as we call it, is treated with arachnicide, a pest repellent and toxin that is specific to spiders. It kills any spiders that are immediately in the vicinity, and also acts as a barrier to keep any new ones from showing up.

It’s similar to a barrier treatment for mosquitos, which both suppresses the existing mosquitos, and prevents new mosquitoes from being attracted to the area.

So you get the immediate removal of spiders, and a layer of protection from spiders returning in the immediate future. It’s a win-win!

Time to Call in the Professionals

Even if you’ve cleaned up all the cobwebs you can find, kept the local pest population under control and treated with a webster, you still may have spiders hanging around a little too close for comfort.

That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals. We’ll look at issues with exclusion, food sources and do a complete assessment of your home. Then we can recommend a plan of action to eliminate the problem once and for all!

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