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Spider Control the Professional Way

posted this on Nov 15, 2016

Spider Identification

Active hunting spiders include the jumping spiders, wolf spider, sac spiders and ground spiders. All of these spiders are actively hunting for food, they pose no real threat to us as humans, and do control quite a bit of other insects. If you seem to be invaded by one of these spiders it would be time to address the other insect populations to control the hunting spiders.

There are also spiders that are passive hunters and these include the crab spider and recluse or six-eyed sicariid spider, these are usually carried inside accidentally from flowers collected outside.

Web Builders include the funnel weavers, cellar spiders, orb spiders, cobweb spiders.

The most important group of spiders when it comes to structures and the damage they have the potential to cause are the widow spiders, recluse spiders, hobo spider and the yellow sac spider.

The widow spider can be found in every state in the United States. The females of this spider will guard the web and her egg sacs, and can bite when hungry or she feels the need to protect the eggs. You can recognize this spider because of the jet black with two reddish triangular markings, that join to form what is called the “hour glass” shape.

The brown recluse spider are found in North America, Central America, and the West Indies. This spider is of concern because of the serious bite. They can be found from the southern states all the way up to Nebraska, but has much higher significant populations in the southern states. These spiders love to hide in household goods, stored clothing and shoes. They are nocturnal and will search for food in other soft bodied insects such as silverfish, cockroaches, crickets. The males spider of this species is usually the one more prone to hide in shoes, pants, and clothing and this is when the bites occur when they get trapped close to the skin. Most of the brown recluse spiders have the signature dark brown violin markings on the top of the spiders.

What Kills Spiders?



Management if spiders needs to start with controlling of other insect populations in structure, remove the food source reduce the spider population. That does not mean that you cannot also have stray spiders, that are brought inside with outside objects, such as fire wood, boxes, items stored in garage.

Start with a good inspection, check the attic and garage areas for webs and spiders. Move things around to see if you can find adult spiders and webs. Check under insulation in the attics, as this can be a perfect harborage area for spiders.

On the exterior, remove the webs, egg sacs, and limit the potential harborage areas. Indoors store the boxes off the floor and away from walls, do not give them the hiding spaces they need to survive and hunt under cover.

Make sure you have inspected the area for entry, working on keeping your home a tight sealed fortress will help with not only spiders but other insects as well.

Spider Control Products:

We carry a very large line of insecticides that are labeled for spider control. Solutions Stores has put together some of our top recommendations for spider control products, for inside and outside application.

There are also contact / flushing insecticides that can be used to flush the spiders out of their harborage area. This works really well when you need to see how bad the problem may or may not be.

There are spot treatment aerosols for crack and crevices treatments, when you need to apply a direct spray to spider harborage areas, this may include corners of windows, closets and along the baseboards.

A residual dust can be applied to crawl spaces and attic areas. Applying dust under the insulation will be key when it comes to brown recluse spider control.

Perimeter treatments around a building's foundation is a beneficial application and should be part of your bi-annual pest control regiment.

Fumigation may also be an option for certain spiders and harborage areas, it is usually not the most perfect 100% solution, but some foggers will help to flush out and knockdown a population quickly.

General Spider Treatments:

How to manage a brown recluse infestation:

Although this may seem time consuming it is necessary to deal with these issues so that you can prevent any harborage and survival of this dangerous spider. Most of the treatments described above will usually cause the spider to become more active, and therefore end up out in areas where you are your family are, making them more dangerous. So it is important that you be aware of this fact and take the necessary precautions. We recommend using an overly generous about of glue traps will not only help you with monitoring but capturing them as well. They should be placed in dark areas, under furniture, closets, garage areas, etc.

If you are dealing with heavy infestations, keep your shoes wrapped in plastic bags and keep clothes off the floor, so as not to end up with spider bite when you put your clothes or shoes on. It is necessary to move the beds away from the walls, and away from curtains. Removal of the bed skirts and try keeping the bed cover from hanging to the floor will help prevent giving the brown recluse spider a way to climb up into bedding. Make a habit of inspecting the bedding before getting under the covers.


Preventing Spiders:

How to prevent spiders, as we discussed earlier the best way to keep spider populations down is to address their food source and harborage areas.

Spraying a residual insecticide on the exterior of the structure and treating all the entry points, weep holes, door jams and window ledges.

Eliminate webs, often and frequently, and apply an insecticide in those areas as well. Reduce storage items off the floor and keep them away from the walls. Remove harborage areas that are close to the exterior slab such as wood piles or stored items.

Make your house and structures as uninviting as possible.

Do It Yourself DIY tips on Spider Control:

Use a large amount of glue boards to monitor and control spider populations, they are expensive and will catch a multitude of insects, not just spiders.

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