We use control products that are pet and people friendly - with no odors or fumes, rated as being less toxic than caffeine! We have been providing Spider control services in the Greater Seattle area for over 20 years! We are A+ rated, we get most of our work from repeat customers and referrals, and we have been awarded the Super Service Award from Angie's list - multiple times.!
Hobo Spiders. Some spiders roam around your home - like the Hobo Spider. They make Funnel webs in out of the way places and come out mainly at night to hunt - other insects for sure, but mainly each other. There are spider wars going on in your home every night you would be shocked to know about.
They crawl across the ground (this is the most common method.) They crawl over onto your house from attached vegetation (very common). They float through the air (tiny new hatchlings let out long spider web lines that get caught in the wind and they float through the air until they hit something - like your house.)
Garden / orb spiders. Garden spiders hang webs over your doors and from your eaves. The big nasty webs that you walk through on your way in and out, or when walking around your home.
In Washington state there are 760 known species of spiders, most of which you will never come in contact with. The Burke Museum of Natural History has some great info on spiders - you should visit, if you live locally. Please note that in Western Washington we do not have Brown Recluse Spiders (confirmed by a massive multiple year study), and there are only scattered areas of Black Widow activity (they do not like a a rainy climate). Information on the Hobo Spider is contradictory but the growing professional opinion is that 99.9% of bite reactions attributed to the spider are erroneous. Most skin irritations thought to be from spiders are misdiagnosed and are actually caused by infections, but if you are getting bit, a possible culprit is the non-poisonous 'yellow sac spider'. The large hairy spider you see in your home is not a wolf spider but a house spider, that is, a Hobo spider or one of it's relatives.
Fall is a time of heavy spider sightings. Fall is when many spiders mate, so you are much more likely to see spiders as they leave their webs and hiding spots, fight over territory, and search for receptive reproductive partners - So fall is a great time to spray.
Spiders do not hibernate, but those mated female spiders will be looking for nice warm or insulated places to lay their egg sacs. A quick check of the front of a home, on the day before Christmas, yielded 60 female spiders with egg sacs around doors, windows, exterior lighting, and attic vents.. Spiders aren't as busy crawling around, but they are there, and they are active during the winter - So winter is a great time to get rid of spiders..
Spiders start hatching out of egg sacs in late April or early May, but they are tiny and easily missed by homeowners who may not have started their spring cleaning or early gardening - So Spring is a great time to spray.
Summer is when ail the other insects are busy so spiders fatten up in summer - So you should know that spider control materials, have no odor or fume, are less toxic than most household cleansers, work very well in getting rid of spiders, but only last about 90 days per application.
To get rid of spiders on the exterior we spray:
The ground around the base of your home, your foundation, sub area vents openings, the edges of nearby walkways, attached fences and vegetation, corners, overhangs, decks, porches, around doors and windows, and your eaves. We are very thorough - but if done right it only takes a gallon or two to do a great job. It may take less than an ounce of active ingredient to keep your home spider free for months.
We don't spray:
Pet food dishes or chew toys, children's toys, bird feeders or baths, gardens, fruit trees, herbs, or any vegetation in bloom.
We can try not to overspray onto windows if you like - but let us know your preferences.
Spider Control - How Much Service Do You Need?
Servicing the outside, especially on a regular quarterly basis will really cut down on the number of spiders living in and on your home - the ones you don't see in the winter and early spring, and the ones you see all over in the summer, and especially, in the fall.
On initial services, we do get requests to treat the inside, but the inside should really only be treated about once a year.
Spider control / prevention:
Remove clutter, leaf debris, and unnecessary stuff around the base of your home. Relocate firewood piles.
No vegetation should touch your house. Vines should be on free standing trellises. Trees and tree branches should be at least three feet away from your home. Shrubs, bushes, flowers, and gardens should always be at least 18 inches or farther away and nothing within three feet of roof, gutter, or eave.
Install non toxic spider glue traps in your garage, basement, and other rooms where you see spiders. Put the traps in corners, around furnaces, water heaters and beside garage doors. We can install these or supply them for you - as we do many of our customers who don't want spraying done on the interior of their homes.