Effective Control of Spiders Requires Understanding

READING, Pa., Nov. 3, 2014 — Spiders may be one of the most feared home invaders, but many spiders are harmless. The Rentokil pest control companies in North America (Ehrlich Pest Control, Western Exterminator, and Presto-X Pest Control), want to share information about spiders and effective control methods.

To eliminate spiders there are some important facts to know. Most spiders spend their lives sitting in webs in dark, undisturbed areas around the house or yard, so homeowners should pay special attention to basements, garages and attics, as well as any wood or clutter outside. Effective methods for spider control start with understanding that spiders are loners and predators.  If you have a pest management plan in place to reduce other insects in and around your structure, spiders will be less interested in the environment. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) efforts, including prevention, sanitation, and exclusion, that reduce insects will also help to reduce spiders both directly and indirectly—by reducing the "food" on which they prey.

Additional control tips include:

  • Removing noticeable webs – Getting rid of webs allows you to monitor spider activity in your home.
  • Vacuum regularly – Practicing good sanitation keeps the problem areas free of debris and clutter.
  • Seal cracks and crevices around windows and doors to deter spider entry into your home.

"Most spiders are nocturnal, so it may be necessary to inspect for them at night. During the day, they may be hiding in crevices or in their webs.” said Nancy Troyano, PhD and entomologist for Rentokil. “Spiders are usually harmless, so general control methods will work with most spiders. However, because some species can be dangerous, like the black widow or brown recluse spider, immediate attention is required. It is advisable to contact a pest management professional who has the knowledge to identify the type of spider you are dealing with, its habits and the equipment to safely eliminate the problem.”

About Rentokil North America
Rentokil North America is part of Rentokil Initial plc, one of the world’s largest and most diverse business service companies, operating in more than 50 countries worldwide. Ehrlich Pest Control (www.jcehrlich.com), Western Exterminator (www.westernexterminator.com), and Presto-X Pest Control (www.prestox.com) are all part of the Rentokil family of pest control companies in North America. They provide commercial and residential pest control, bioremediation, bird control, vegetation management, deer repellent services, wild-animal trapping and termite control from more than 200 local offices in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.