What are spiders?
Spiders are air breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other orders of.
How do they get in the residence?
Spider normally come in homes in two prime ways; entering through open, weakly screened windows and doors, and through cracks and gaps around door and window frames. Most of the time, spiders come inside the home looking for prey.
The other common means of entry are into boxes, on open-air items and several others that are brought inside homes.
Effective methods to have a control on spiders
The most effective means of control spiders is implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods. That is a tactical combination of prohibiting them through non chemical and chemical controls.
Preventing the entry
Preventing entry of spiders is one of the first methods of control. Caulk or otherwise seal cracks and crevices in the home’s structure through which spiders can come in. Examine and repair screening on all doors and windows to ensure there are no holes or tears and they are tightly fitted into the frame.
Spiders will take cover and make their homes in heaps and items that are not often moved. People are prone to bump into spiders and other pests when moving or searching through hardly ever stored items in the basement or garret.
To eliminate such spots, clear out any wreckage, garbage, paper piles and other unsanitary or non used stuff. Regular sweeping and dusting will also keep areas clear and remove existing or old cobwebs.
Often spiders are found individually or with newly laid eggs. When this is the case the simplest method of control is often that of manual removal. The spiders and its web and eggs can be picked up and discarded using a gloved hand or in a tissue or cloth. A vacuum may also be used. Insect stick traps, can be placed in corners and along baseboards to detain moving spiders.
Chemical control recommends the use of residual insecticides to corners and other sites where spiders spin their webs and lay their eggs, particularly those products that contain pyrethroids and are characterized for such applications.
Outside control on spiders
In most cases, there is little need to control spiders outdoors. However, when they occur in large numbers on buildings, they can be washed off “with a forceful jet of water”.
Additionally prevention techniques can help keeps spiders from being fascinated to your home (and potentially, eventually, making their way inside).
Such techniques include common insect prevention techniques, including the replacement of standard mercury vapour lights with high pressure sodium vapour or halogen lights. Although it is common to place lights on exterior walls near doors, it is better to place the light farther away, using pole lights when possible, with the light shining towards the doors for safety, anything that reduces the attraction of number of other insects in or around your home will help to reduce spiders as well. This is because it is, at least in part the insects themselves that attract spiders to an area – as food.
Get in touch with your pest management professional if you find spiders in your home. Your pest management professional will conduct an inspection and will create an inclusive control plan that is based on inspection findings.