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Spider Pest Control

Spider Control Methods

Messy webs around the house.

Danger to your children and pets.

Potential life-long consequences from spider bites.

Spiders are possibly one of the most feared and disliked creatures in Australia. It's easy to be dramatic about the reasons for spider control ... yet contrary to the common opinion, they are not all dangerous nor are they all unattractive.  However, some varieties of spiders can have a serious impact on your home and family - spider control strategies can help remove these.

Why Bother with Spider Control?

  • Some species of spiders, like the Redback spider, pose a definite threat to the lives of family and pets.  If dangerous spiders are found in your living environment around the home, some form spider control should be implemented.
  • Even though spider control treatments are by nature short-term, they will break the life cycle of the spiders that are treated, meaning it will take a lot longer for the problem to appear again.

Spider Control Methods

Spider control is always a challenge.  Spiders are a beneficial part of our eco-system and help to keep other insect populations under control, so balance needs to be achieved while attempting to achieve spider control in the target area.

Spider control methods and strategies should also be targeted to the spider's type:

Spiders can be divided into two main groups:

  • Crawling or Hunting spiders; and
  • Webbing Spiders

The spider control methods Amalgamated Pest Control uses to remove dangerous spiders from your house will differ according to the group the spider belongs to.

Crawling or Hunting Spiders

This group of 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. These spiders hunt down their prey down or lie in wait to ambush their prey.

For more detail on spider identification and biology - click here...

Webbing Spiders

Webbing spiders depend upon silk for their movements and spinning webs for catching their prey.

For more detail on spider identification and biology - click here...

For crawling or hunting spiders, control is extremely difficult.  Spider control methods are limited to removal or elimination of each individual spider by direct contact with a pesticide.

Unless the species is considered dangerous, the best method of spider control is to move them back into their habitat. The DIY system, known worldwide involves a fearless member of the household, a glass or bowl & paper/cardboard slid underneath - followed by a release outdoors!

Unfortunately, chemical sprays applied as a "barrier" method of spider control to stop crawling spiders from coming where they aren't wanted do not work.  That is why no pest control company can offer a warranty on crawling / hunting spiders.

For webbing spiders there are a few different spider control options.

  • Food supply: Reduce the food supply for webbing spiders by turning lights off at night, and 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 control. Spraying chemical on the webs is not always effective since most webbing spiders hang on using claw-like structures on their legs which do not readily absorb chemical residues.

Though it doesn't usually help to cut down spider populations, it is always advisable to remove the web immediately after the treatment.  This allows you to determine when the spider population is building again and when further spider control is needed.

How long does spider control work for?

Because residual spider control treatments do not exist, the spider population will build up again over time.  If you have a lot of bush and foliage in the immediate vicinity of your property, the time between treatments will be much shorter.

Do I Need Professional Spider Control Assistance?

While there steps you can take to minimise spider infestation, if dangerous species are colonising the areas around your home or invasions are severe you will need the help of a professional for long-term spider control.

Why call in a professional pest controller for your spider control?

  1. We know the type of environments around your home that spiders love, and have learnt quite a few secrets about their habits over the years. We have the experience of knowing where to look and an in-depth knowledge of additional factors you may not be aware of.
  2. Our professional spider controllers have specialised equipment to gain access to normally inaccessible parts of the building structure.
  3. Professional pest controllers have a wide variety of products and systems that can provide on-going eradication of, and protection from spiders.
  4. Amalgamated Pest Control's spider control professionals provide a full service warranty in most cases - that's why we say, "If they come back ... so do we". When you pay for a spider control treatment, you get whatever it takes to ensure that the eight-legged health hazards don't re-infest your property!

 


 

Got More Questions About Spider Control?

Please feel free to Contact Us.

Our local branch will be only too happy to offer you further advice and assistance.

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Amalgamated Pest Control provide pest control services, including spider control, in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Darwin.  We also provide pest control services through our branch network in regional Queensland, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.


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