Out of all household pests, spiders are the most visible as they create expansive webs across your home and lie in wait for their food source. While not known for causing structural damage, spiders are an irritating nuisance, especially during the warmer months of the year when they start to breed.
Annually spraying your property can keep these creepy crawlies out of your living space and allow you to enjoy the summer months without your home becoming overrun with spider webs and nests. A professional spider control service can save you from walking into to many webs.
There are several different spider species that are commonly found in Canadian homes:
The House Spider
Typically, homeowners will uncover the common house spider taking advantage of their crawl spaces or attics. These household spaces are the perfect hiding spots for spiders to set up their webs because they are warm and infrequently disturbed by humans or pets.
The color of these spiders can vary from dark brown to white, and they have visible markings on their back. While they are an unwanted house guest, these spiders pose a minimal threat and rarely bite when they are disturbed.
The Wolf Spider
Wolf spiders are one of the few types of spiders that do not build webs. Instead, they actively hunt their prey. As a result, they are more commonly found in outdoor spaces, choosing to enter homes only when the weather turns colder and they must seek shelter.
The Black Widow Spider
The black widow spider is easily recognizable due to the red hourglass-shaped mark on its otherwise black body. These spiders prefer to build their webs at ground level and can be found both indoors and outdoors. While they are rare in Canada, take care when disturbing wood or leaf piles.
Much like common house spiders, black widows are unlikely to bite humans, however, they do have a painful bite that necessitates treatment. If you are bitten by a black widow, you need to elevate the affected limb and apply an ice pack before rubbing antibiotic cream over the bite.
What Does Spider Spraying Achieve?
Calling your local pest control professionals for spider spraying the perimeter of your property will significantly decrease the number of spiders that are able to enter and occupy your home. The spray leaves behind a residue of insecticide that is deadly to spiders when ingested. As spiders move across this line of residue, the insecticide will cover their legs and bodies. Through both grooming and absorption via their skin, the insecticide enters their system.
It can take several hours to a day for the infected spider to die, depending on how much of the insecticide they have ingested. As such, it can appear as though the spray has been ineffective because homeowners may continue to see spiders crossing the residue barrier and entering their homes. However, it is important to remember that spiders crossing the barrier will eventually die and subsequently be unable to mate and reproduce. Over time, spider spraying can significantly reduce spider activity and prevent a spider infestation.
When is the Best time to Spray for Spiders?
Spider spray can be applied at any time of the year, however, for it to be most effective, it needs to be applied in the early spring when the weather starts to get warmer. This is when spiders are the most active and likely to be visible.
After the weather has cooled in the fall, spiders will spend the winter months hibernating in warm indoor areas, such as attic spaces. During this time of the year, the spray will have a minimal impact because of the spiders’ inactivity.
By spring, spiders will emerge from hibernation and begin looking for food and mates. This is the ideal time to apply the spray because the residue will be at its strongest when the spiders are the most active. As a result, you are more likely to see the results of the spray because fewer spiders will survive as they seek nesting spots and food in your home.
It is important to remember that, over time, the residue wears away. Therefore, while you can apply it at any time of the year, it may not be as effective during spring when you need it the most.
What else can you do if you find Spiders in your Home?
In addition to having your home sprayed annually, there are several other ways to keep spiders off your property.
While there are countless chemical pesticides available on the market, natural pesticides are more environmentally friendly and have a minimal impact on pollinators. While even some more industrial pesticides can even harm pets or little ones.
Mixing dish soap, white vinegar & water: and spraying it along your window sills and any cracks on the outside your walls, doors or windows will deter spiders from entering your property because they are vulnerable to the acetic acid these substances contain.
As other small insects are caught in a sticky trap, spiders will be drawn to the area. This is an effective spider catcher that will reduce the number of breeding spiders in your home.
Insecticide sprays can often help deter spiders and other pests from entering your home. These spider spray cans, are not a great solution to cover your entire home. However, they can be applied around the perimeter of the home, paying special attention to where spiders like to build their webs.
Additionally, insect repellent sprays may be used indoors to keep spiders away from living areas. To prevent spiders from entering in the future, it is important to call a professional spider control service for annual regular visits.
Having your house or commercial property sprayed annually by a trusted pest control company and practicing some of the methods outlined above is the best way to minimize activity from pests on your property. Spotting spiders will go from being a common occurrence to a thing of the past.
With our pest control specialist technicians and high-grade equipment, there is no one better to contact for your spider concerns than the specialists at Pro Trap.