Spiders are creepy pests with eight legs that give many people the “heebie-jeebies.” Despite their unpleasant appearance, spiders are an integral part of our environment and help keep the number of insects in our homes low. Spiders catch bugs, such as mosquitoes and flies, with their webs and eat them, decreasing the overall number of nasty insects in our homes.
However, most people do not want spiders to be around their homes despite the spider’s help in keeping other household pests, like flying termites and mosquitoes, in them to a minimum.
Unfortunately, spiders can quickly breed and grow their numbers inside our homes to overwhelming amounts if left unchecked. For professional assistance, we recommend Orkin, Terminix, and Aptive to get rid of spiders in and around your home. These exterminators have some of the best trained professionals that are able to use traps, baits, and other chemically treated solutions, which can be dangerous to use if not handled correctly.
Ed has been working in the pest control industry for years helping 1,000's of homeowners navigate the world of insect and rodent management. He manages Pest Strategies now helping homeowners around the world!
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Average Cost and Price Ranges
|National Average Cost||Cost Range||Minimum Cost||Maximum Cost|
|$100 to $300||$100 to $1,000||$100||$1,000+ (preventive treatments can cost many hundreds of dollars)|
What Influences Cost?
There are many factors that a pest control company uses to figure out the pest control cost of ridding your home of spiders.
Here are just a couple of examples of what can influence the cost of spider extermination:
One of the most significant factors in the cost of your spider extermination is how many times your pest exterminator will need to come out to treat your pests.
You may need several visits and follow-ups to deal with a current infestation, or you may need only one, depending on the severity of your infestation.
Other plans, like preventive treatment contracts, may require quarterly or annual visits to continue preventing spiders from infesting your property. These plans will typically have a heftier price tag.
Severity of Infestation
One of the largest factors in the cost of spider extermination is the severity of the spider infestation in your home.
If you have a smaller number of spiders in your home, it will naturally cost less. If you have vast numbers of spiders and cobwebs, the costs will rise to match the need for more product and time spent applying the product. Dewebbing costs are also factored in, as an essential part of spider extermination is ridding your home of webs.
One of the first questions an exterminator may ask you is when you first started noticing spiders in your home. Be prepared to answer this question as it can help the exterminator better gauge how severe the spider infestation in your home may be.
Spiders can breed quickly, so it’s vital that you immediately reach out to an exterminator.
Each spider egg sac can hold between 30 and 100 individual eggs in one cluster, which means that time is of the essence when it comes to calling an exterminator to treat spiders in your home. If you notice several egg sacs lying around your house, the spider infestation is probably quite active already.
Spiders can be found in a variety of places inside our homes.
First, it’s vital that the entryways of your home are checked for cracks and crevices, where spiders may be entering your home. Once inside, spiders make their home inside your home. They will usually be found on your ceiling, walls, and cabinet tops.
You may also notice cobwebs in these areas. If you have cobwebs, a professional exterminator should deweb the site to help discourage future spider infestation alongside their spider treatment applications.
There are many ways that spiders can be treated. Often, a spider infestation happens alongside another type of pest infestation as spiders seek out insects in our homes for food. Many of the pesticide treatments noted below will kill other pests to reduce the spider’s food source.
Basic Reactive Treatment
For common spider problems, a basic reactive treatment is usually all you will need performed.
Basic reactive treatments are performed by having pesticides sprayed in crucial areas of your home, such as ceilings, crawl spaces, and baseboards. This treatment aims to control the activity of the spiders currently inside your home and reduce their overall numbers.
Most basic reactive treatments will cost between $100 and $300 based on the size of your property.
Preventive treatments work to prevent future spider infestations. There are many ways that pest control companies can go about preventing future infestations. The most common way is spraying a specialty residual pesticide and insecticide on outdoor-facing components of homes, such as door frames and windows. They spray these entry points to discourage spiders and other pests from entering your house, thus preventing future pest problems.
Other ways that companies may go about preventing spiders include caulking, which involves using a sealant to seal off cracks and crevices in entryways. Some companies will also use natural methods, such as steel wool which naturally repels a variety of pests, including spiders. Other companies may use natural essential oils, like tea tree or peppermint oils, to repel spiders.
Typically, preventative treatments are usually set up as contracts with quarterly or annual service visits to ensure that spiders will continue to be prevented from invading your property. Preventative treatments can be more expensive and usually range between $500 to $1,000 depending on how many visits you have performed a year and the size of your property.
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Signs & Causes of Infestation
Spiders typically wander into our homes in search of warmth, food, and mates. So, if you have a spider infestation, you likely have other insects in your home that the spiders are feeding on, meaning that you may have multiple infestations.
Common signs of a spider infestation include:
- Noticing multiple spiders in your home in a short period of time
- Spider webs in your home
- Egg sacs on cobwebs or attached to fixed surfaces
- Shed spider skins
- Other insect infestations
- Spider bites on you or others who live in your home
If you suspect you have a spider infestation, it’s best to immediately call an exterminator because spiders can rapidly breed and spread the infestation.
Common causes of a spider infestation include:
- Entryways that are not adequately sealed off (making it easy for spiders to come inside)
- Other insect infestations, such as ants, moths, roaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, etc.
- An unclean home where webs and egg sacs can build up
- Moist environments like your basement
- Garage cleaning – spiders may be brought into your home when you bring in items from the garage or outdoors
Many species of spiders may bite if they feel threatened, but most of their bites are not considered medically dangerous.
On the other hand, the brown recluse spider has six eyes compared to other spiders, who typically have eight eyes. They have entirely brown bodies and are usually found in the South and the Southeastern United States. Although they rarely bite, brown recluse bites are nasty as they can become infected and turn into open sores, where they cause a breakdown of tissue.
Both black widow and brown recluse spider bites may need medical attention. Fortunately, both poisonous spider bites are rarely fatal, albeit painful. Other types of spiders, like hobo spiders and house spiders, may bite, but their bites are usually inconsequential.
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DIY vs. Hiring a Professional
So, when should you hire a spider control service professional?
If you see a couple of spiders inside your home, it’s probably not something to be overly concerned about. However, this doesn’t mean you should let your guard down with these predatory pests. Let’s discuss when you should call a spider pest control professional.
DIY Spider Extermination
The first thing you should identify is if the spiders in your home are poisonous or not. Most spiders are harmless insect-eating pests that most of us can handle.
New technology has created an easy way for homeowners to efficiently catch spiders without going near the spiders — a spider catcher.
A spider catcher is a tool with a long reach design that allows you to safely and quickly catch spiders and other insects one at a time. The tool has soft bristles which gently grab the spider or pest without harming them. With it, you can catch the spider with the spider catcher tool then release it outside of your home.
We also recommend sealing off any entry points in your home. Anywhere that spiders may enter, such as cracks or gaps in entryways, can be sealed to prevent spiders from entering your home. You can find DIY recipes for caulk or buy caulking products to accomplish this.
Professional Spider Extermination
If your attempts to rid your home of spiders are not working, or you are finding egg sacs in your home, it may be time to hire a professional exterminator. This option can be more convenient and effective than trying to DIY it. For this reason, we’ve listed a few great professional options:
- Aptive Environmental: Traditional pesticides are often ineffective on spiders because spiders’ bodies do not touch the ground other than their legs. Unlike other pests, spiders do not groom themselves either, rendering spider pesticides pretty ineffective. To counteract this, Aptive Environmental will spray for other insects, which targets the spiders’ food source. They will also look to seal off entryways and may use steel wool as a natural way to repel spiders.
- Orkin: Like Aptive Environmental, Orkin uses pesticides that target other insects that spiders eat. If you eliminate the spiders’ food source, the spiders will be unable to thrive in your home. Orkin also specializes in Integrated Pest Management, which is a technique that focuses on making your home and property undesirable to pests.
- Terminix: Terminix will perform a thorough inspection of your home, including common hiding places like attics and crawl spaces. After the professional inspection is completed, they will recommend a personalized treatment plan for the spiders and other pests you may have in your home.
Many companies will provide you with free quotes, so it’s wise to shop around before selecting one extermination service.
What is the Standard Spider Extermination Process?
The standard spider extermination process will begin with a professional exterminator asking you questions about your property and any pests you’ve noticed. If possible, take down some notes before they come to your home. Note any details about the spiders you’ve seen, such as color, size, shape, etc. If you see the spiders at certain times of the day or any other pests in your home, take note of this as well. You’ll also want to show your inspector any locations you see spiders regularly and tell them when you began noticing spiders in your house.
After this, the exterminator will do a thorough inspection of your home, including the garage, basement, and any crawl spaces where spiders may live. They will also inspect your property for other insect infestations, which may provide a food source for spiders. After their inspection is complete, they will speak with you about different treatments they recommend for your particular situation.
Before choosing a company and treatment plan, we recommend asking your exterminator a few questions during their initial visit:
- Credentials: Many people can claim that they are experts at treating a particular type of problem, such as spiders. However, they need to have written proof with their expert’s qualifications to provide spider treatment solutions. Look online for the company’s registration, certifications, and license. Any reputable company will gladly provide you with this paperwork to show that they are legitimate.
- Pest Control Treatments and Chemicals Used: Consider what kind of chemicals and type of treatments you are okay with before selecting a service. Do you want a company to use only EPA-approved pesticides? Do you have children or pets? These are factors that can significantly affect your choice of a pest control company.
- References: A reputable company will be happy to provide you with customer references. You can also look online at customer review websites like HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List, or the Better Business Bureau.
- Guarantees and Warranties: Many respectable pest control companies will offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee or warranty on pest control services performed. This will give you peace of mind should the spiders return. Take a close look at the guarantees offered as different companies will provide various levels of coverage.
- Number of Treatments and Pricing: Lastly, ask your exterminator about the number of treatments needed for your infestation. The number of treatments required will greatly affect the treatment costs and how long it will take for your home to be spider-free.
In the great outdoors, spiders are our friends as they eat other pesty insects and maintain the ecosystem’s balance. However, when they move into our homes, spiders can become big pests and may even be a health risk to us.
When you realize that you have a spider infestation, don’t wait to make the call to a professional exterminator. Spiders can quickly reproduce and go from a couple of spiders to hundreds of spiders inside your home. The quicker you bring a professional in, the faster you can rid your home of spiders.