- Communicating with your service pro
- Spider Control Materials
- Product Labels
- Magic Bullets
- Getting the best spider control
Communicating with your service pro
First, if you are on a regular service, contact your service tech and let them know how you feel about spiders. Some customers love their spiders and become outraged at the thought that our outside sprays might harm them. Others become outraged because seemingly no matter what services are provided, they still see some spiders. Yeah, spiders, a tad bit rage inducing. Trust us. And please put down the flame thrower.
Let your tech, or better yet the office, know how you feel – so we can write down your preferences on your account info. Customers who opt for super thorough spider control services do typically pay extra, as those services take more time and material.
Spider Control Materials
The same people who make the ‘do-it-yourself’ materials make our professional grade materials. Their reps, their info sheets, and our years of servicing thousands of homes, show that their professional quality materials last really strong, about 3 to 4 weeks. Kind of strong, but fading, for another 3 to 4 weeks, and then fading into not controlling spiders at all, for the next 3 to 4 weeks. Homeowner grade materials, according to their reps, last really strong about a week, regardless of advertising claims.
The labels on “Perimeter Defense” products implicitly show that their product is to be used at the base of a home and around doors and windows, in what appears to be a six inch band. This is partially to keep you from ending up with the material all over you, partially to protect bees and other non-target species, but also to protect your plants, as over the counter products kill plants.
Labels on professional spider control materials have broader labels. We can spray up from the base as far as three feet, and out as far as seven feet. We can also spray around doors, windows, overhangs, eaves, and areas where spiders are or where spider webs are. We have lots of limitations though, too. We cannot paint a home with pesticide, which means that there will be places a spider could hang a web, where we cannot spray. Other areas we could spray, you probably would not like us to spray – like the glass of your windows.
We cannot spray plants that attract pollinators or are in bloom, we cannot spray herbs, gardens, or fruit trees. We can only spray vegetation within that seven foot, label specified perimeter, and we have to be very careful not to harm the vegetation, which means that we have to highly dilute our spray, and or spray very lightly, so our spray will not be super duper effective – even if we spray the vegetation close to your home. Dead plants or dead spiders, your choice.
It’s important to understand is that no one pesticide kills every kind of pest. The best control materials for Odorous House Ants don’t work well against spiders. Conversely, if you are on service for spiders, and often for Carpenter Ants, the best control materials for those pests do control Odorous House Ants very well.
Finally some pests such as dampwood termites, moisture ants, and sometimes even Odorous House Ants, infest homes in a way that completely bypasses an exterior perimeter spray. (All three of these pests may burrow underground, exterior sprays do not kill pests below ground.)
If you have Odorous House Ants, but also want more control of spiders, we can use one material around the base and a different one around your doors, windows, and overhangs, this can help control more spiders, but you have to let us know.
Getting the best spider control
No matter what we do or what you do, no spray will eliminate all spiders and certainly not for long periods of time. Spiders are way bigger than crawling insects and therefore harder to kill. They often spend less time on treated areas as well, but there are things you can do and we can do, to help kill as many as possible.
Cover and or remove items that we cannot spray. Read our page on ant prevention – it helps prevent spiders too. Consider having an extra, charged, full exterior spray service during the heaviest spider season (the fall), consider a bi-monthly service if you need more control. Quarterly services don’t work for everyone, they are just a nice combination of costs savings and control for the average home, the average customer, and the average concern about spiders.
If your home is next to the water, surrounded by trees, or if you really hate spiders – schedule an extra charged service and remember, it will reduce the number of spiders you see, but nothing will prevent you from seeing any spiders. Spiders spend less time on control materials, are bigger, and may balloon in (yes, float through the air as hatchlings), bypassing exterior sprays.
Note: If you have good eaves, there is no reason why your home shouldn’t be able to be sprayed if it is misting or drizzling outside. 90% of the areas we would spray are covered under most homes. However, if you have no eaves, or really short eaves, or if you really hate spiders, let us know and we will schedule your service on drier days.
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