Despite their creepy appearance, spiders integral in our shared biome; they feed on mosquitoes, flies, and other harmful bugs. Their presence alone helps keep the number of nasty insects to a minimum.
But despite their critical role in the ecosystem, most (if not all) homeowners don't like seeing these eight-legged freaks inside their homes. More importantly, their population can easily grow to an overwhelming figure throughout your property if they're left unchecked.
Should You Call for an Exterminator For Spiders?
Apart from the nasty trails of silk that they leave behind on the ceilings and walls, most homeowners simply can't stand the idea of handling spiders on their own. And since most of us know very little about spiders, the best option against the infestation is an experienced exterminator.
Why Make the Call?
There are around 35,000 known species of spiders throughout the world. Although most spiders found inside homes don't pose a serious, direct threat to humans, there are still some that are more than capable of delivering nasty bites.
And by nasty, we mean painful bites accompanied with fever, high blood pressure, and nausea. When not medically treated, the consequences could get even worse. Two popular spiders known to deliver such a blow are the black widow and the brown recluse, both native to the southeastern region of the United States.
Apart from the fact that most homeowners are unaware of the real dangers of handling spiders on their own without proper knowledge, infestation of these little guys aren't so simple to eradicate.
Spider exterminators, on the other hand, are licensed professionals who are skilled in effectively handling spider infestations. These people are trained with in-depth knowledge about spiders (behavior, diet, and habits) as well as experienced in safely and efficiently handling different types of arachnid problems inside houses.
When Should You Call for an Exterminator?
Seeing a couple of spiders inside your home is not really something to be worried about.
However, it doesn't mean that you can let your guard down on these predatory arachnids. You should know when it is all right to deal with the problem on your own and the right time to call in expert help.
Can I do it myself?
When you can distinguish a poisonous spider from a harmless insect-eater, dealing with a spider or two on your own should be quite an easy task. Besides, technology has provided homeowners quite an ingenious way of effectively catching a spider without having to go dangerously near it—a spider catcher.
As its name implies, the spider catcher is a tool with a long reach design to help the user safely and efficiently catch spiders and other types of insects, one critter at a time. The tool comes with soft bristles on the other end that gently grabs the target spider without causing any harm at all. It's the best way to catch and release the spider outside your home.
How bad does it have to get?
Spiders—especially the poisonous ones—bite in defense or when they feel threatened. And whether you're aware of it or not, getting too close with the arachnid can lead to painful consequences.
If you have a family member who just got bit by a dangerous spider but can't find the eight-legged culprit, it's best to immediately call for emergency assistance.
If you take their presence for granted, a couple of seemingly harmless spiders silently hanging across your ceiling may easily turn into hundreds (if not thousands!) of silk-shooting critters.
And before you know it, there could already be tons of dirt-covered cobwebs hanging across your ceiling, windows, and cabinet tops. Calling an experienced spider exterminator can help you get rid of such problems in no time.
How Much Does a Spider Exterminator Cost?
So, you've made the decision to call a pro for your spider problem.
But do you know how much it would cost you to get professional help from a licensed spider exterminator?
As much as you want to eliminate the presence of spiders inside your house, you should also consider the importance of making an informed decision—particularly in hiring a professional exterminator.
Basic Reactive Treatment
For common household arachnid invasions, a basic reactive treatment is needed. This type of treatment involves the use of pesticide sprayed across the key areas inside the house such as crawl spaces, ceilings, and inside baseboards.
The basic reactive treatment can range from $100 to $300, depending on the size of the property. This solution is intended to control current activity of the spiders inside home.
For a quick sample of what a visit from a spider control specialist looks like, take few moments to watch the video below.
This type of treatment is designed to prevent spider infestations in the future. Basically, a special type of residual pesticide is sprayed over outdoor-facing components of a house such as window and door frames, eaves, and other possible entry points to discourage invasion by spiders and other pests.
Preventive treatment is usually a contract type of solution characterized by either quarterly or annual service visits. This can range from $500 to $1,000 depending on both the size of the property and the frequency of the visitation.
Important Details to Discuss with Your Spider Exterminator
Effectively eliminating infestation inside your house is a team effort between you and your exterminator. So before you make that call and request spider control service, make sure that you already know how to talk with the exterminator.
Types of Spider(s) Involved
There are various types of spiders known to invade homes, and it's imperative to tell the exterminator the specific kind he or she will be handling inside your property.
Some known common household arachnids are the black widow, brown recluse, cellar spider, yellow sac, jumping, hobo, funnel web, and domestic house among many others. If you're not familiar with these arachnids, you can simply describe the appearance of the spider(s) present to the exterminator over the phone.
It's also critical to identify the specific spots of your property that you wish to undergo treatment. This will give the exterminator a good head start and prepare accordingly for faster (but still effective) treatment.
Some key areas of a house where spiders are most likely going to settle are the attic, the eaves, crawl spaces, underneath hanging cabinets, and the ceiling.
When did the infestation start?
In your first phone call for spider control, the exterminator is also likely to ask you when you first noticed the infestation.
At the very least, you'll be asked about your first sighting of an arachnid inside your home. This will help the exterminator gauge the level of spider infestation.
Spiders spin webs to produce patterns of silk that will serve as their home and trap for their prey at the same time. Sweeping these annoying cobwebs off seems like every responsible homeowner's initiative.
But if these webs recur in the same spot almost instantly, chances are that there's already a considerable number of spiders inside your property rebuilding their homes each night.
One or two spiders isn't a big deal. But once these spiders lay their eggs, it's going to be the start of a real problem in your home.
Did you know that some egg sacs contain up to 100 individual eggs? Needless to say, it won't take long for these eggs to hatch and bring about a whole new generation of arachnids inside your home.
Egg sacs are woven silk that are just about the same size as the mother arachnid. These sacs are usually attached on the web, underside of the leaves of your indoor plant, or along the corners of your wall/ceiling. Some spiders carry their egg sacs around with them until they hatch.
If you see a couple of egg sacs lying round in various corners of your home, then an infestation is indeed underway or already active.
Questions to Ask Your Spider Exterminator
There are as many exterminators on the market as there are spiders in the wild, and they'll all promise to be the best in the business.
However, not all of them are equally competent to help you truly get rid of spiders insider your home for good. Finding the right experts boils down to asking the right questions.
Words are not good enough to make sure that your home gets the best possible treatment for the problem.
When finding the right spider control company, it is best to look for written proof of the expert's qualification in providing spider treatment solutions. This includes company registration, license, and certifications.
Any reliable company should be able to show you these documents upon your request. If they can't furnish this paperwork immediately, move along to the next prospective company.
Competency of the company can be measured by how satisfied their previous clients were with the same services you are about to acquire.
This, however, should not be limited to the customer reviews published on the company's website. As much as possible, ask the company for contact details of some of their previous clients.
You can also find a good list of references by visiting trusted home services review websites like HomeAdvisor and Angie's List. Talk to these people about their experiences with the company's offered spider control services.
Professional Work Track
The company's professional work track reflect's the exterminator's overall reliability in effectively solving your problem on spider infestation.
This covers the company's length of service in the pest control industry, total number of clients serviced, and details of complaints (if any have been lodged).
More often than not, spider control companies use pesticides to battle an infestation. Most commonly used type of pesticide chemical is pyrethrin, which kills spiders (among many other bugs) upon contact.
Barrier treatments, on the other hand, employ the use of synthetic pyrethroids. Before any treatment is initiated, ask the exterminator to provide you with a copy of the labels of chemicals they plan on using on your property. This copy should indicate instructions on how to properly apply the chemical, as well as how this chemical affects humans and animals.
Every homeowner wants to rest assured that they have entrusted their spider infestation problems to the right people.
Pest control companies, on their part, provide service guarantees which emphasize the efficiency of their treatments. Guarantees and warranties will usually vary from one company to another. Some offer money-back guarantees in cases of a service dissatisfaction, while others provide reapplication of treatment should the same problem recur within the specified time coverage.
Number of Treatments
The number of treatments needed to completely eradicate the presence of spiders inside one's property depends on the severity of the infestation.
This can be discussed right after the exterminator has successfully conducted a thorough inspection on premises. It's essential that homeowners know how many treatments are needed to be applied in order to make the necessary and appropriate preparations.
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What to Do with Your Pets
Spider control treatment involves the use of pesticides with chemicals that can be hazardous to human health and to you four-legged buddies. So before any treatment is given a green light, you should know how to keep your pet(s) safe throughout the entire process.
Keep Them in Untreated Room
Unlike ants and termites, spiders don't live in large groups. A spider infestation doesn't necessarily involve arachnids by the hundreds and they won't generally cover a substantial portion of the house.
This translates to good news: a spider treatment service is probably going to spare you at least one room safe for your pets.
This could most likely be the bedroom or the living room area. Keep your pets inside untreated zone until the chemicals sprayed on the walls of infested areas dry up (or at least when the exterminator tells you it's safe).
Secure Them in Kennel
The kennel is much better option to make sure that your pet(s) don't wander into harm's way. Also known as pet carriers, kennels are very portable making it easy to secure your pet(s) from one place to another.
It may be difficult to secure your furry friend in a pet carrier for a prolonged period of time, but remember that it's for the greater good. It's a much more optimal solution to secure your dog or cat in a carrier for a bit than to have your pet walk into an area with exposed chemicals.
What Should You Do After Spider Treatment
After spider treatment has concluded, your main priorities are to make sure that surviving spiders are spotted and immediately reported to the exterminator. In addition, you need to secure your property from further arachnid infestations in the future.
Maintain a keen eye on both the treated and untreated areas of your home. If there are surviving spiders, chances are that they are more likely to relocate towards the spaces of your home with zero trace of the pesticide used by the exterminator. Never let your guard down, especially within the time coverage of the warranty (if provided).
While looking out for possible survivors, make time to barricade your property against future invaders. This can be done by sealing cracks and gaps, minimizing prolonged use of outdoor lights, and moving out indoor plants.
Should You Tell Your Neighbors Anything?
Just because spiders don't move that much doesn't mean that they can't get to places if they need to. In fact, having a spider infestation in your home could also mean that your neighbors are also having the same problem, but haven't noticed it yet!
Bear in mind that spiderlings most likely migrate upon hatching through their egg sacs and they do this effectively through the process called "ballooning." To see how this process works, check out the video below.
So if you see at least a single empty egg sac, it could mean that some spiders have already found their way into your neighbors' homes. Informing your neighbors prior to undergoing a spider treatment in your home can give them a forewarning of the infestation.
The Last Word
In the great outdoors, spiders are friends who feast on insects and maintain the delicate balance of a healthy ecosystem.
But when they move into our turf, however, they become foes—especially those whose bites can substantially wound us.
When you realize that you're on the receiving end of a spider infestation, don't hesitate to make the call to a qualified pest control professional as soon as possible. He or she can evaluate your property and exterminate these insidious arachnids as soon as possible, restoring the peace in your home immediately.
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