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Spiders

Other than physical removal, the only effective option for spider control is to use a residual insecticidal treatment applied to spider harbourage areas and feeding areas. In most cases, a synthetic pyrethroid product would provide the best results.

Entry:

For the purposes of control, spiders are classed as webbing or non-webbing. Webbing spiders are often wind borne and blow in from nearby trees or taller buildings. Non webbing spiders (Huntsman, White Tails, Wolf spiders) usually enter the home as a result of an environmental change, eg. Cold or rainy weather, earth works, breeding season.

Different control technics, and effectiveness of treatments may occur as a result.

Ideal environment:

Webbing spiders such as Daddy Long Legs, Red Backs, and Black House spiders all seem to prefer locations in which the outer portion of the web has some exposure to sunlight, and the inner portion of the web is usually tucked away in a cool dark recess. Occasionally, webs may be found on exposed walls with only a narrow ledge as shelter. Along the outside of the house, they may be found under window sills, under the guttering and eaves, in the corners of windows and doors, amongst pot plants, under and on steps and verandas, and, of course, under the seats of outdoor furniture.

Reproduction:

Reproduction usually occurs in the warmer months when food is more abundant, often egg sacs hatch just before or after rain.

Allergies:

Some people have an allergic reaction to spider webs, with swelling redness and itchiness around the face and eyes. Others may have reactions to bites.

If bitten, safely collect spider and seek medical attention.

Do-it-yourself:

While brushing down spider webs can give some control, spiders are masters of hiding where you (or their natural predators) can't get them and it is generally time consuming.

Why not let us deal with them while you enjoy the weekend?