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Identifying Your Spider Infestation: Venomous or Not?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Spiders hold an exacting fascination in our collective awareness, with their evocative shape, unique hunting ability, and often poisonous bite. There are innumerable varieties of spiders in the world, and though many are completely harmless, some count amongst the most poisonous creatures on the planet. Knowing the type of the spider could be extremely important not only for your peace of mind but your physical safety!

Spiders are scary, crawly, hairy, beady-eyed pests that many people develop a severe arrogance for. As some spiders are harmless, others deadly, however, all can become a pest in and around your home or business. Here are some of the important signs to watch out for so that you can identify when you’re approaching an infestation of these eight-legged pests like spiders.

Spider Removal.pngThere are numerous types of spiders you may come across in your home, and several of these spider species cause anxiety, and can be highly dangerous. They’re often present in nooks, crannies, garden sheds, the bottom of your deckchairs or under your furniture.

The experts of Marklepest are trained in recognizing the types of spiders that the clients may be experiencing problems with and adapting the pest treatment methodology to ensure maximum effectiveness.  They provide best spider control services.

Spider problems can range from the occasional sighting to a full-blown spider infestation. Calling Marklepest as a pest control specialists about your spider extermination needs is the primary step that helps you to stop the problem in its tracks.

The experts know how to manage a thorough spider extermination to maximize the effectiveness of spider treatment services. The way that we at Marklepest treat webbing spiders is quite different to non-webbing spiders and treatment areas differ and vary. Generally speaking, non-webbing spiders are more difficult to control, and as such, they require a broader treatment area than webbing spiders. Treatment is performed mainly in roof voids and external areas of the home.

Spider Pest Control: Controlling These Feared Creatures

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Spider Control, spiders control, spider exterminationSpiders are among the most feared of home invaders. More people have phobias about spiders than any other pest. The ironic thing is that in nature spiders are one of the planets most beneficial inhabitants. In your home though ... spiders are not welcome.

Benefits of Spiders

With the exception of a few spiders, black widows and brown recluse's come to mind, most of these pests are great to have around. They eat other pests, have useful venom and limit diseases. Spiders do a very important job for mankind. 

Yet, the benefits come to a halt when spiders invade your dwelling. It is best to banish spiders when they appear in your home.

Spider Pest Control: Problems

Eliminating, or even controlling spiders, with chemical agents and pesticides is very hard. Biologically, they are not very receptive to chemical substances and pesticides don't readily get picked up by their bodies.

Spiders are built high off the ground. They don't drag their bodies through substances that would harm them. Also, spiders are not technically an insect. They are an arachnid. They don't groom themselves with their mouths so they won't generally ingest harmful substances. 

Any type of spray has to make direct contact to kill a spider. It is often better to understand the habits of the spider and attack him that way.

Outside Spider Control

There are things you can do on the outside of your home to help with spider pest control. A few are listed below:
  • Clean up debris and wood piles that are attractive to spiders. They love damp and dark spaces.
  • Keep shrubs, trees and other plants far enough away from the home for light and air to penetrate the area between your home and the plants. 
  • When you see a spider web near your home remove it. Spiders love decks and patio furniture. 
  • Spiders prey on other small insects. Keep the other pests away by installing yellow lights or sodium vapor bulbs which will deter other pests from sticking around.
  • Spiders are generally beneficial outside your home, particularly in your garden. They will eat many garden pests. Before harvest a gentle spray with water will help get rid of spiders.
Inside Spider Control

Inside the home is really where the war of spider pest control takes places. In addition to trying pesticides, and remember these may not be very effective, there are several other options you have to control spiders. Some follow:
  • Avoid clutter. Spiders love to hide among old newspaper, magazines and just any clutter you may have around your home. Tape up old boxes as this is a favorite hiding place for a spider. 
  • Spiders like damp places in your home just like they do outside. Control humidity as much as you can in attics, basements and other dark areas. 
  • If you spot spiders, egg cases and webs in your home vacuum them as soon as possible. This is a surefire way of getting rid of spiders now and into the future.
  • Check for cracks and crevices around your home. This is the favorite way spiders gain access to the dwelling. Seal up any of these with caulking. Doors and windows are also favorite places for spiders to enter your house. Make sure screens are repaired and any holes in these areas are closed. It does not take much of a crack or crevice for a spider to slip into your home.
  • Residual pesticides sprayed indoors will cut down on the pest population and will cause spiders to leave since they won't have enough to eat. This is not really a long-term solution to the problem though. 
  • Giving a spider a whack with a shoe or the newspaper is a great way to control spiders. Basically, spiders are loners so they don't build nests and colonies. They do prefer to operate on their own. So killing even one spider helps. You generally won't have thousands and thousands of spiders to deal with.

Spiders Out of Control

Despite your best efforts to control spiders there may be times when these pesky creatures win the battle. You just might not be able to control spiders no matter what you try.

At this point it will be best to call in a professional pest control company to help in your battle with spiders. Rest assured, these experts know all the latest in controlling spiders and they often do so in ways that are more organic than you might think.

Spiders will be somewhat of a challenge to control.  Contact Markle Pest Management for a professional solution to your spider worries.

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Spider Control: Protect your family and home

Monday, June 03, 2013

Spider Control, Spider, SpidersIn their natural environments spiders are very useful and help mankind. Around the homestead they are a big help to you as they feast on other pests. Once they get in your home they become pests themselves though. 

The spider is the most feared home invader and has more phobias attached to it than any other pest. Successful spider control will take a multi-faceted approach. You can't expect perfection on spider control but with due diligence a spider problem can be favorably handled.

Spider Control Issues

  • Spiders are not real receptive to chemical agents. They are built high off the ground. A spider does not drag its belly across the chemical. It only gets on their feet. So the substance is not distributed through the spider's body to kill it.
  • The spider is not technically an insect. It's an arachnid. This means it does not groom itself with its mouth. So ingestion of a pesticide is not guaranteed when dealing with a spider. 
  • Most spiders live their lives in their web making it very hard to treat the area and kill them.
  • Spiders are a solitary lot. They don't live in colonies like termites and ants. You can't expect to kill a lot of them at one time.
Chemical Agents for Spider Control

There are some chemicals that can be sprayed for control of spiders. You will see just the names are imposing and as noted before pesticides may still not do the trick. Some of the chemicals used in spider control are:
  • Esfenvalerate - As in Ortho Bug-B-Gon
  • Cyfluthrin - As in Bayer Advanced Home Pest Control
  • Bifenthrin - As in Ortho Home Defense
  • Deltamethrin - As in Delta Dust, an insecticidal dust
As you can see just the names elicit powerful chemicals that may or may not do the trick. A pest control service will use substances such as these but those will generally be more powerful. 

Any spraying program such as this will be accompanied by all sorts of warnings. These instructions should be closely followed to make sure no one is exposed to any hazardous chemicals.

Natural Spider Control

A far better method of controlling spiders is to do it as naturally as possible. There are specific steps that can be taken to rid a dwelling of spiders. Some of these are:
  • Eliminate food sources - Spiders eat other pests. Getting rid of the spider's food source will make them less likely to hang around.
  • Harborage disposal - Spiders love to hide in boxes, papers and other types of rubbish. Getting rid of these will discourage spiders from taking residence in your home.
  • Seal entries - Sealing cracks and crevices that spiders and the insects they eat will cut down on any spider infestation.
  • Glue traps - The spider simply walks over the trap and is caught. These traps will serve several purposes. Other than catching the spider they will give a clue to where the spiders might be entering your home. 
  • Trap boxes - These work by trapping the spider and then the entire box can be disposed of. Again, a box will indicate where spiders might be entering the home.
  • Lighting - Yellow, insect repellent light bulbs outside of your home can help repel spiders.
  • Cleanliness - Keep your home as clean as possible. Spiders love out of the way places. So dust well in these areas, such as behind appliances and dark corners. 
  • Natural repellents - Make sprays out of spearmint and peppermint oils. Cloves and tomato leaves can also be used to make water-based sprays that are effective and safe. 

These natural spider control trips are a great alternative to chemicals that may or may not do the job. It is prudent to try the more natural controls first and then resort to more drastic measures if the problem is not taken care of. Also remember it may take and multi-pronged attack to cut down on a spider problem. 

Spiders serve a very important function in nature. If they stayed in nature there would be no issues. When spiders decide to invade your home they are no longer considered a helpful predator. They become a problem and a nuisance that must be eradicated.

While there are chemicals that can help do the job they are dangerous and might not insure success due to a spider's anatomy. Using more natural controls is safer and often does the trick better than chemicals. 

The bottom line is you can't allow spiders in your home. Measures should be taken to rid the dwelling of this pest. For peace of mind and safety a home devoid of spiders is the best option. 


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