Spiders can be the reason for a number of phone calls that we receive everyday, especially during the busy pest season. Causing discomfort to so many homeowners, the one pest most people cannot stand sharing their environment with!
Cooroy Termite and Pest Control’s approach to treating for spiders is a methodical ‘programmed’ approach. We understand that each property’s pest problem may differ and may require more specialist attention. We have found that annual treatments for most homes keep pest populations in check, although each home is unique and has it’s own set of conditions. A treatment does not form a ‘bubble’ around the home or building. Spiders and other pests will continue to enter through open doors and windows throughout the year.
- Technicians will inspect your home or building and develop a pest management plan best suited for your property. Taking into consideration the conducive conditions, species of spider and existing webbing
- Internal treatment of specific surfaces with a non-repellent chemical spray.
- Internal aerosol spray (for webbing spiders if necessary)
- External treatment using a non-repellent chemical spray
- Follow up treatments (Your technician will design a recommended treatment plan for your home).
*Notes: The objective with these treatments is to target the nest/s. The spray chemicals are classified ‘non-repellent’. The pests will continue to walk over ‘non-repellents’ picking up the chemical active and transferring it to the nest. Over time this will infect the nest. Some properties will require more frequent treatments due to the species of spider, existing spiders and building design.
Tips to prevent
Spiders can be a tricky pest to get rid of from our homes. They have this ability to get in through anything and it’s almost impossible to keep them out. However there are a few things we can all do to prevent spiders from coming indoors and help keep them under control.
- The most practical method of spider control is regular cleaning. To prevent spiders from building up in numbers we should clear away all existing webs and spiders from inside and outside the house.
- To prevent spiders from entering our homes we need to make sure door and window screens are tight fitting. Also make sure all air vents, plumbing and other entry areas coming into the building are sealed up.
- Remove any piles of wood or debris that may be lying close to your house.
- Don’t forget to trim back any foliage from trees and bushes that are close to your house, as these provide a perfect highway for spiders to enter our homes.
- If we are bringing things inside that have been lying outside, first of all check them over for any unwanted hitchhikers. Spiders love shoes so make sure you give them a bang before bringing them inside.
- If your spider problem is really worrying you, then you can try a do-it-yourself spider spray. These can be effective but usually don’t last for long. If you want longer lasting results then maybe you should call in the professionals.
- There have been no deaths in Australia from a confirmed spider bite since 1979. An effective antivenom for Red-back Spiders was introduced in 1956, and one for funnel-web spiders in 1980. These are the only two spiders that have caused deaths in Australia in the past.
- Approximately 2000 people are bitten each year by Red-back Spiders.
- Daddy-long-legs Spiders can kill and eat other spiders, including Red-back Spiders whose venom can be fatal to humans.
- Despite their often large and hairy appearance, huntsman spiders are not considered to be dangerous spiders. As with most spiders, they do possess venom, and a bite may cause some ill effects. However, they are quite reluctant to bite, and will usually try to run away rather than be aggressive. In houses they perform a useful role as natural pest controllers.
Easy Guide on what to expect from our treatments
The below list is an easy guide on how our chemical works on pests:
- 24 Hours | A large ‘crawling’ spider can take up to 24 hours to die (some of these spiders are large insects and it takes time for the chemical active to work)
- 6 Months | Maximum length of time we expect chemical to be effective on hard floors (chemical is wiped away when hard floors are mopped)
- 10 Months | Maximum length of time we expect a chemical treatment to be effective on carpets (Chemical efficacy decreases over time)
- Once the chemical is dry it is completely safe.