With over 40,000 species around the world, spiders are a diverse group of arachnids that have adapted to living in all but the coldest conditions and underwater. Many species build either an orb-shaped or a funnel-shaped web, while others burrow in the ground or live free range.
Most spiders are predators and capture insects with their webs or by ambush, and will set up residence wherever there is a viable food source. Outdoors, spiders may be found under logs and rocks or in vegetation. They can also enter homes through gaps around windows and doors or hitch a ride on outdoor furniture, gear, or firewood that is brought indoors.
Popular places around the home to find spiders include:
- Corners of rooms
- Dark, cluttered areas
- Crawl spaces
Although most species do not pose a health threat to humans, the black widow spider and the brown recluse are venomous and found here in the southeast. Their bites can result in sometimes life-threatening harm. Spiders can also incite fear in some people, making them feel uncomfortable in their own home or prevent them from enjoying certain outdoor activities.
Integrated Pest Management Approach to Spiders
We employ an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to controlling spiders. IPM is environmentally‒friendly and consists of using multiple methods to best eradicate and control spiders in a safe and effective manner.
- The Interview
We will begin by asking you questions about your spider problems and gather as much information as we can to best formulate a plan and approach to tackling the pest. We will also make sure we understand your expectations and any unique circumstances that may be involved.
- The Inspection
During the inspection, we will search for spiders and their webs, and look for ways in which they may be entering your home.
- Pest Identification
We will then identify the species present. Correct identification is important for best controlling them.
- Development of Control Plan
Based on the circumstances and species, we will develop a plan specifically tailored to your needs.
- Implementation of Control Plan
Spider control may include limiting lights near entryways, sealing cracks around doors and windows, removing webs, placing sticky traps, and/or using the safest insecticide possible.
- Documentation of Control Plan
You will receive detailed documentation of all visits with information on what we found, procedures used, and follow-up actions.
- Evaluation and Follow-up
As we continue to monitor your home, we will ensure that the spiders are not returning and make any adjustments necessary to keep your home free of spiders.
If you are having a problem with spiders or want to learn more about IPM, please give us a call or fill out the form below.