Spider Control Options

Spider Control Options

The majority of spiders in the United States are beneficial species that are not dangerous to humans. While there are some exceptions, like black widows and brown recluse spiders, the majority of species will not cause serious injuries when they bite humans. Even though they are beneficial and can kill other pests, there are many individuals who are afraid of spiders and there may be concerns about spider bites when they are found in the house.  We also do not want to find them in our shoes and clothing, as some can cause dangerous bite reactions. Spider webs can also cause staining and make your house or business appear unattractive.

Carpenter Ants

Dangers of Spiders

Generally, spider bites will not cause serious injuries. In most cases, the bite will cause some localized pain, irritation, and itchiness. It can usually be treated at home, but there is always the possibility of an allergic reaction to the bite. If an allergic reaction occurs, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.

Since black widows and brown recluse spiders can harm human health, seek medical attention if there is any doubt that the insect has bitten. Always seek medical attention if the bite causes swelling, severe pain, or severe redness.

Eliminating Spiders

Whether the spider is a dangerous species or a harmless one, it is important to take measures to eliminate the pest or remove it from the home. Depending on your goals, the best options for your situation may vary.  First, you should think about eliminating any areas that may be allowing them to harbor, excessive brush or shrubbery to close to the house.  Wood piles and other items that can be stored away from the home or office should be moved if possible.

You will want to take down the spider webs. A pest control professional will do this on a normal basis when they come to apply your quarterly pesticide application.  Cleaning away the spider webs not only keep your home or business attractive but also will discourage the spiders from continuing to live in your home.

Generally, you can use an insecticide that is sprayed in an infested area or directly on the spider to kill the arachnid. An insecticide is a good residual option to keep controlling any new spiders that may try to locate on your eaves and siding.

Inside your home or business, it may be a good option to use a glue board for pest control. A glue board will catch the spider when it touches the surface or walks on the board, but it can also be used as a monitoring option as well as a control method.  Since glue boards can be used in out of the way areas, such as closets, under furniture, etc where a large majority of spiders can be found, it is particularly useful.

Regularly removing spider webs will encourage the insects to seek a new home. If there is any concern about dangerous species, then remove the webs and spray the area with an insecticide or use an insecticide dust. This will control spiders that make their way into the structures from openings such as weep holes, plumbing penetrations, and electrical entry points.

By removing the webs, a spider will look for a new home. It can also help to take measures to block off potential entrances to the house after the spiders are removed so that they are not able to return. Close up gaps in the windows and use mesh to seal up ventilation throughout the house. The mesh will allow air to travel but will prevent larger spiders from entering the house.

There are a variety of options to help control spiders and prevent them from entering your home. The key is to take measures that will encourage the pests to leave or to kill them if they persist in staying in the house.

Professional Pest Control Sprays and Carpenter Ant Baits

Contact insecticides work with carpenter ants, but they do not always solve your ant problem. If you want to get rid of ants at their source, an easy weapon is to use bait. Ants are highly social insects, so ant baits that offer a slow kill help to spread the insecticide throughout the colony and to the ant queen. This is the best option for carpenter ant extermination, because it works to eliminate the ants you see and the one you do not.

They are very communal, and they have very specific roles that they play in their colonies. Foragers, which are the ants you see around your pets food dishes, have the sole task of hunting for and bringing food back to the nest. That is why bait works well on ants.

Carpenter Ants helpfully pick up the bait and return it to the nest where it begins to poison the ants at their source.

Sprays work well to keep foraging ants out of your house. If you consider how ants work, then you should know that a multi-step approach works best.

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We at FullScope Pest Control we have the knowledge and expertise to control and monitor your spider control needs, please call us at 832-898-0190  for an estimate or recommendation for all your pest control needs.

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