SPIDER CONTROL INFORMATION

Spiders come in many sizes and colors, but we all recognize one when we see one. They all have eight legs, and two body regions – cephalothorax and abdomen. They can be beneficial, as they consume 400 to 800 million tons of insects (and other spiders) each year.

Spiders can be very intimidating, but they rarely attack people; most spider bites are the result of a person’s accidental contact with a spider, or out of self-defense. Some spider bites can be very painful (even harmful), but spiders do not feed off of people, like mosquitoes, fleas, or bed bugs do. Most suspicious itchy/painful bumps are not the results of spider activity. While many species of spiders exist in Western Washington, only a few are very common or present a health risk to humans.

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Spider Control and Removal

SPIDER CONTROL INFORMATION

Spider Control and Removal

Spiders come in many sizes and colors, but we all recognize one when we see one. They all have eight legs, and two body regions – cephalothorax and abdomen. They can be beneficial, as they consume 400 to 800 million tons of insects (and other spiders) each year.

Spiders can be very intimidating, but they rarely attack people; most spider bites are the result of a person’s accidental contact with a spider, or out of self-defense. Some spider bites can be very painful (even harmful), but spiders do not feed off of people, like mosquitoes, fleas, or bed bugs do. Most suspicious itchy/painful bumps are not the results of spider activity. While many species of spiders exist in Western Washington, only a few are very common or present a health risk to humans.

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SPIDER IDENTIFICATION

Hobo Spider

Hobo Spiders are very common in and around structures of Western Washington. They are rather large in size, with long, hairy legs, and are easily identified by their funnel-shaped web commonly placed in dark, moist areas like crawlspaces, basements, and woodpiles.

Their bite can have a serious effect on humans, sometimes resulting in tissue loss. They are also fast walkers, known to cover 15 to 20 inches per second, which is quite an unsettling sight when you are not expecting to see one!

Cellar Spider

Cellar Spiders (also known as Daddy Long-Legs Spiders) can be large in size, but are completely harmless to humans. They are known for their thin, long legs and clumsy walking habits. Cellar Spiders can be a great helper in keeping insect populations down but will also clutter your house with thin, flimsy webs that gather dust and insect bodies.

Though they aren’t a danger to you or your home, their presence can be annoying, particularly if you walk into a room that has been unoccupied for a while and your face gets covered in webbing. This can be quite startling for some people, who want to a quick solution to the situation.

giant house spider on wood
orb weaver spider up close

Giant House Spider

Giant House Spiders, like their cousin the Hobo Spider, can create quite a stir when they run across the floor of your living room. Contrary to common belief, though, they are relatively harmless to humans. These arachnids prefer to be outdoors, but can set up their funnel-shaped web inside if the situation suits them. Minimizing stored items around the exterior perimeter of your home has shown to greatly reduce the potential for these spiders to move in.

Orb Weaver

Orb Weavers can spin some beautiful webs in the late summer and fall, but those webs can also be an annoyance. We use an extension pole with a Webster brush attachment to greatly reduce the presence of these webs, then we follow that with a residual application around the perimeter of the structure to discourage spiders from reestablishing in our treatment zone.

Brown Recluse

Even though a rare few have been identified, Brown Recluse Spiders have not been found to be established in Western Washington.

Black Widow

Black Widow Spiders are more common in Eastern Washington, but they are very rarely found in Western Washington.

SPIDER IDENTIFICATION

Hobo Spider

Hobo Spiders are very common in and around structures of Western Washington. They are rather large in size, with long, hairy legs, and are easily identified by their funnel-shaped web commonly placed in dark, moist areas like crawlspaces, basements, and woodpiles.

Their bite can have a serious effect on humans, sometimes resulting in tissue loss. They are also fast walkers, known to cover 15 to 20 inches per second, which is quite an unsettling sight when you are not expecting to see one!

Cellar Spider

Cellar Spiders (also known as Daddy Long-Legs Spiders) can be large in size, but are completely harmless to humans. They are known for their thin, long legs and clumsy walking habits. Cellar Spiders can be a great helper in keeping insect populations down but will also clutter your house with thin, flimsy webs that gather dust and insect bodies.

Though they aren’t a danger to you or your home, their presence can be annoying, particularly if you walk into a room that has been unoccupied for a while and your face gets covered in webbing. This can be quite startling for some people, who want to a quick solution to the situation.

giant house spider on wood

Giant House Spider

Giant House Spiders, like their cousin the Hobo Spider, can create quite a stir when they run across the floor of your living room. Contrary to common belief, though, they are relatively harmless to humans. These arachnids prefer to be outdoors, but can set up their funnel-shaped web inside if the situation suits them. Minimizing stored items around the exterior perimeter of your home has shown to greatly reduce the potential for these spiders to move in.

orb weaver spider up close

Orb Weaver

Orb Weavers can spin some beautiful webs in the late summer and fall, but those webs can also be an annoyance. We use an extension pole with a Webster brush attachment to greatly reduce the presence of these webs, then we follow that with a residual application around the perimeter of the structure to discourage spiders from reestablishing in our treatment zone.

Brown Recluse

Even though a rare few have been identified, Brown Recluse Spiders have not been found to be established in Western Washington.

Black Widow

Black Widow Spiders are more common in Eastern Washington, but they are very rarely found in Western Washington.

SPIDER CONTROL PROCESS

Spider control techniques can be quite varied, as it depends on the conditions around your property. We will often recommend removing stored items from areas around the perimeter of the structure, such as woodpiles, building materials, garbage cans, ladders, and other similar items. Spiders love homes with a lot of these harborage areas nearby, as they can establish their webs and feed on all the insects that frequent these environments. If they are comfortable in these areas, they may also venture indoors, which is usually met with fright and frustration from the homeowner.

By partnering with us, you will not only receive exceptional, professional Spider Control service, but we will also educate you on how you can help yourself at the same time!

Most Spider Control services will include a brushing of the exterior of your building using a Webster brush on the end of an extension pole; this helps to stir up the population of spiders so they will be more exposed to the perimeter treatment that follows. We also remove as much of the established webbing and egg sac material as possible from the perimeter of the structure.

The perimeter application to the exterior of the building uses a residual insecticide, focusing on the foundation, underneath reachable eaves, around exterior lighting, around doors, and other harborage areas. Inside the structure, we can customize the control to fit your needs, with chemical or non-chemical techniques.

After the initial control has been established, we strongly recommend a recurring preventative service to keep the exterior populations from reestablishing at your house or building.

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