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How To Control TarantulasTarantula

When thinking about scary looking spiders, perhaps none is more scarier to homeowners than the Tarantula. Because of it’s sheer size and girth, it’s no wonder. It’s huge! However despite how big it is, the tarantula is not dangerous at all. In fact, the tarantula is actually a very shy and docile creature that isn’t an aggressive biter and are even kept as pets by some people. Even if they do bite, it’s effect is similar to a bee sting. However, if they’ve embarked upon your home during it’s travels, they can be alarming to see.

The tarantula is the world largest spider which can range from 1 to 4 inches in body length with leg spans of up to one foot (12 inches), meaning that it can be as large as the size of a dinner plate. Tarantulas come in a variety of different colors but are mainly black or brown in color and have hairy bodies. The body hair of the tarantula is also a distinguishing trait since its very dense and abundant and makes tarantulas appear larger than they really are.

Tarantulas are nocturnal creatures of the night and do most of their hunting for food when it is dark. They like to eat small insects and even occasionally eat frogs, smaller lizards and other spiders. They are a very shy creature and tend to scurry away from humans unless threatened and that is when they would bite. However the bite is not deadly. When hanging around yards and homes, a tarantula likes to make its home around dark corners in garages, storage spaces and crawl spaces which will have webbing around it.

If you have a tarantula problem around your home, there is a way to control it safely. At Solutions Pest and Lawn we have what you need to get rid of this creature so you can sleep peacefully without nightmares.

How To Get Rid of Tarantulas: 3 Step Solution

Because female tarantulas almost never leave their burrows that are usually created outdoors and male tarantulas only venture out only in search of females, it is quite rare to encounter one in the home. If they happen to gain entry to your home or venture upon your yard, it is usually via accident while wandering around. Rather than killing them, we suggest that you trap them. However if you want them dead, we have products that can effectively eliminate them as well.

Step One: To make your home less conducive to tarantulas and other spiders making themselves at home, you need to do your best to reduce clutter as much as possible. If you have other insect problems, work to remove them so tarantulas have nothing they could seek out to eat in your home. Discourage tarantulas from making nests by frequently cleaning and vacuuming likely areas where they would like to set up shop such as closets, corners and secluded spaces.

Step Two: Once your home has been cleaned up, you can then go around looking for the tarantula nesting area if you haven’t already found it during the first step cleaning process. Tarantulas like to make nests in dark corners with minimal webbing so once they have been located you have a number of ways you can approach control. For instance, you can use a dry powder, a wettable powder, glue-based spider traps, or a liquid spray. You can even scare them off with aerosol spray or knock them out.  The powders and traps may prove more effective because spiders, unlike various insects, do not absorb liquid chemicals through their feet and legs.

Step Three: Once the tarantula has been killed or trapped, dispose of the insect properly or turn into animal or insect control to collect. If you are using a non-lethal means you can safely release them outdoors somewhere. After that you can discourage future tarantula invasions by vacuuming up egg sacs and webs and putting in place exclusion measures that will keep spiders out of your house. Some suggestions include: screens on doors, weather stripping to eliminate gaps under doors, caulking to seal up holes and possibly points of entry. You can also use an insecticide to create a barrier around your home to discourage spiders from trespassing.

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