Spiders

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Have questions about spiders? Namely, how to get them out of your house because they’re terrifying? You’re definitely not alone. That’s why our pest control heroes took some time to answer common customer questions about spiders, like how to get rid of them! View the table of contents below to find the answer to your specific question or just learn more about these pests.

The following content was provided by Rodney Brooks, one of our Clegg’s pest control heroes and a spider extermination expert here at Clegg’s. Rodney has experience dealing with spider infestations across North Carolina. Some relevant links have been added to audio transcripts below to provide resources or link to additional information.

 

Table of Contents:

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  1. Why do I have so many spiders in my house?
  2. What happens during a spider inspection?
  3. Can spiders come back after treatment?
  4. What can I do to keep spiders away from my house?
  5. Where do spiders go in the winter?
  6. What kills spiders?
  7. If I clean spider webs will it get rid of spiders?
  8. Why are there giant spiderwebs in my trees?
  9. How can I keep spiders off of the outside of my house?

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Why do I have so many spiders in my house?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

Spiders, whenever you all start having a problem, most of the time it’s coming from a food source. Spiders usually don’t hang out if there’s not a food source for them to be around. Usually if you control the food source then you can control the problem with spiders. Next will be hard woods. If you have woodpiles, leaves, boxes, places that hasn’t been cleaned in a while, you will normally have spiders harboring in those areas.

 

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What happens during a spider inspection?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

So during a spider inspection, we typically will look for those harvest areas and/or food sources that they may be eating in order to control the situation. So we will actually look for any kind of overgrown landscape, piles of boxes, woodpiles, attics, crawl spaces is a good place for them, rocks, any landscape around the property, as well.

 

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Can spiders come back after treatment?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

So spiders can come back after treatment. Again, it boils down to how well the house is being taken care of and also the food source. They may or may not return, but they can come back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can I do to keep spiders out?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

You can keep spiders away a lot of times if you do a lot of cleaning, vacuuming in areas that have hardwoods, like webs that they’re in. Exclusion, you can keep them away by filling up cracks, voids that they may be hiding at. Removing woodpiles. All those things can keep them away from your house a lot of times. Yep, eliminate the food source, seal the cracks, do exclusion work, and clean those voids up.

 

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Where do spiders go in winter?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

So spiders, what they do is they go to a slow state called diapause, where they go and they’ll hide up under the leaves or blocks of wood, boxes stored away. Any warmer spot that they can get to, they can over winter in those areas until weather gets right and they come back out. They can die but most spiders, it would take negative five degrees Celsius to kill spiders. They’re cold-blooded insects.

 

 

 

 

 

What kills spiders?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

You can kill spiders. Normally when you kill spiders, it’s because of direct contact, is actually the best way to eliminate them. And also, de-webbing. By de-webbing the houses, around the houses. And if we find a spider, we’ll try to direct contact and kill, but those are the best ways two really get rid of spiders. And we typically use a residual to deter any kind of food source that may come at that area, as well.

 

 

 

 

If I get rid of spider webs will the spiders go away?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

Well, if we take down the spiderwebs, a lot of times that you’re moving that webbing where they’re at, and you can most of the time see them in their area so you do have direct contact and kill the spiders at that time. And that will also help a lot of times controlling them and killing them.

 

 

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Why are there giant spiderwebs in my trees?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

So normally, sometimes people think they’re spider webs, but it could be fall webworms or eastern tent caterpillars. A lot of times they’re out there. But if there are in fact, some webs in smaller cases, it’s just because there’s a high food source there and they’re covering and waiting and hiding. You go on top or underneath the webbing, the food source will come. Most of the time, they’re actually bagworms or like I said, eastern tent caterpillars, or some kind of fall webworm. I would definitely, as far as how to keep spiders away, again the best thing I can tell people is to vacuum, clean, find the cracks or holes that they’re coming in and exclude them. Fill the holes in, the cracks. And with us eliminating the food source, that normally takes care of the spiders.

 

 

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How can I keep spiders off of the outside of my home?

Answer provided by Rodney Brooks. Transcription provided below.

 

Rodney Brooks:

Yeah. Normally, typically that happens because they have a lot of insects at night. When you have a light on at night, they gather around the lights at night, and then you have the spiders come around that food source. Again, it’s all about the food source most of the time with spiders. If you try to cut down on those, most of you use yellow lights or dim lights around those parts at night to cut down on the insect population.

 

 

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