Recently our Canberra branch manager Shane Ramsay received a short-text message with photo from his fiancée, ‘Shane why is this in our house, it’s winter? It will be still on the wall when you get home for you to exterminate, I’m going shopping!’
With the change to warmer weather spiders are on the move early in the ACT. Currently we are receiving a large increase in calls from concerned home owners, some 18 calls in two days from customers in Braddon, Kingston, Dunlop and Gunghalin – it’s shaping up to be a busy season!
Where do spiders live?
Spiders will build webs around the external walls of your home, under eaves, on fascia’s, gutters, trees and plants in your garden – basically anywhere advantageous to them catching insect meals. The most common spider encountered around homes in Sydney is known as the Black House Spider. These spiders make webs around the external areas of the home itself. As populations grow they will be start to be seen internally around windows or commonly cornices.
How do you get rid of spiders?
To control this spider and most other webbing spiders the treatment involves both chemical and non-chemical means.
After we complete a site assessment, which the technician completed prior to any treatment to identify all the areas that need to be treated, the external area is where we usually start. The entire surface area of external walls is treated. This ensures that all spiders and seldom seen spiderlings that will be on the walls. Sometimes a wall may look like there are no spiders on it, especially brick walls, once treated they can be crawling with spiderlings that were too small and well blended to be seen when they’re not moving. Eaves, guttering, fascia’s are treated. Treatment is applied carefully around windows and if applied correctly and carefully will not run or mark windows.
Is the treatment harmful?
The chemicals we apply will not harm plants. The products that will be used in this treatment are very low in toxicity and generally have no smell. If spiders are a problem inside your home, we will always look for non-chemical methods of control or removal first. Spiders can be removed and controlled internally simply by vacuuming or brushing the spiders down. If the infestation is high certain products registered by law to be used inside homes safely will be used. If required and infestations are quite high, roof voids, wall cavities and sometimes sub-floors may also need to be treated.
What happens if spiders come back?
As most webbing spiders produce one generation per year, Amalgamated Pest Control’s treatment methodologies for spider control target every spider that are present at your home. We will provide you with a 12 month service warranty. That means if spiders come back – so do we at no additional cost to you.
If you believe or suspect that you have a spider problem, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Canberra for further advice.