Masterful Web Builders
Spider control is difficult for many reasons, even for professionals. Spiders can build a web on your home without ever touching the home, which makes traditional insecticides less impactful than many people realize. They will often travel from trees and bushes by casting out a line of silk much like a fishing pole, a skill called “ballooning” where they glide through the air, almost like flying. A spider can rebuild a full web within an hour or two, so simply knocking down the webs will not control them.
Why Spiders are Important
It is important to remember that many spiders are beneficial and help to keep undesirable bug populations under control. That is why our goal for our spider control clients is in keeping spiders out of homes, not necessarily out of a client’s yard. During our services we brush webs from the exterior perimeter areas, focusing on exterior lighting fixtures, around doors and windows, along the foundation/siding area, and under the eaves. We then treat in these areas to leave a residual material in place to create a barrier between the exterior population and our clients’ homes. This helps to minimize the population in the direct vicinity of a home but still allows other spiders to do their job out in the yard.
What are “Ghost Webs”?
“Ghost webs” can be an issue as well. Oftentimes there is a web that exists but that spider either vacated that location or may have died a while ago, but the web remains. The silk material spiders use to build their webs is very strong and sticky, and will remain in place sometimes for months or even years after the spider that created it is long gone. So, just because you see a lot of webs around, it does not necessarily mean there are a lot of spiders.
Regular Prevention Efforts Matter
Successful control of spiders takes time. A one-time brushing and treatment will certainly help, but without regular prevention efforts done on a year-round basis, the insect population (spider food sources) will still be prevalent when the spiders look to reestablish. With regular control efforts taking place in strategic locations around a home, it reduces the abundance of other insects, resulting in a smaller food source for spiders, which means there will be fewer spiders around. We want to make your home a less desirable place for them to call their home.
At the end of the day, if spiders are bugging you, feel free to call us. We’re here to help in any way we can. Thanks for reading!