Don't expect perfection in spider control; they are biologically not very receptive to chemical agents and not very cooperative in picking up pesticides. So just spraying alone is not a great defense against spiders. |
An effective approach to spider control is to use the knowledge that they are predators; they primarily consume other insects. So if you can reduce the other insects around your home, spiders will be less interested in hanging around. Most spiders like to hang out near light sources, as they rely on flying insects that instinctively move towards light. A web-spinning spider worth his salt will let his meals come to him. In addition to web-making spiders, there are hunting spiders. They are athletic and really do run down prey. A subcategory of hunting spiders is jumping spiders. If you've seen one of those, you recognize it.
Often, spiders are found individually or with newly laid eggs. When this is the case, the simplest method of control is often that of manual removal. The spider and its web and eggs can be picked up and discarded using a gloved hand – or in a tissue or cloth. A vacuum may also be used. Insect sticky traps, available from most home or hardware retail stores, can be placed in corners and along baseboards to capture moving spiders.
The best way to control running and jumping spiders at home is to control their food sources around the house - again, get rid of your other bugs. Crack and crevice treatment with insecticides provide some pest control, but you can also use glue boards or sticky traps. These are non-pesticide capture mechanisms. Some can be folded into a box shape so that unintended items won't get stuck to them. There are really no attractants in most of these glue traps. Some companies try to add a scent, but the most attractive thing for a spider is a bug stuck in the glue trap. They may be cued visually by this. As a Pest Management Professional, I often see a glue trap with a bug in the glue with a spider stuck right on top of it.
The sticky trap, or glue trap, just captures them - if they walk through the trap, they die. The disadvantage is that you cover less surface area with a trap. The most effective places to put glue traps are in dark, quiet areas. A closet is a good example, or between a bed and a wall, or by any piece of furniture - these are all common traffic patterns for spiders.
Glue traps can also point you towards the source of the infestation - how they are getting into the house. If you have 6 spiders trapped on the right hand side of a glue trap, then look toward the right, along the wall, and look for an opening like a door or wall socket. Perhaps it's a crack that you can caulk.
Anything that reduces the attraction of number of other insects in or around your home will help to reduce spiders as well. This is because it is, at lease in part, the insects themselves that attract spiders to an area – as food.
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