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SPIDERS

HOW TO GET RID OF SPIDERS

Getting rid of spiders that have infested your home can greatly increase your comfort levels. There are several kinds of spider common to York Region, some of which will bite humans or companion animals. Identification of the type of spider is an important step in determining how to eliminate the pest problem. York Pest Control is adept at dealing with spider infestations. If you have a problem with spiders in your house, contact us and we will eliminate them for you.

BLACK FOOTED SPIDERS

(alternately known as the yellow sac spider or black-footed spider)

Black Footed Spiders The black-footed spider has a body length of between 4mm and 9mm (1/6" and 1/3"), though its leg span can reach up to 30mm (1") across. It is a pale yellow-beige in colour, with dark markings on its palps, jaws, and feet. The black-footed spider builds small silk nests in which it lairs and lays its eggs, but does not use a web to catch prey. Instead it is an active hunter. Black-footed spiders are nocturnal, and typically retreat to their nests during the day. Their bites can be painful, but they are not believed to be toxic to humans.

Control of the black-footed spider is a six step process: inspection, identification, prevention, sanitation, use of mechanical measures (vacuuming), and treatment. In most cases, treatment is exterior, applied to the fascia, soffits, windows, door frames, and exterior walls. However, in the case of extreme infestations, an interior treatment may be necessary. If you are having problems with black footed spiders, York Pest Control will assess your situation and help you get rid of them.

COMMON HOUSE SPIDER

The common house spider has a body that reaches roughly 9mm (1/4") in length, though they can be up to 25mm (1") across with their legs fully extended. Their bodies are dull brown, with variations in shade that give them a spotted appearance. The common house spider prefers to weave its webs in corners, such as those found in windowsills and the junctions of wall and ceiling, and contributes to the buildup of cobwebs in the home. They produce egg sacs, each containing between 100 and 400 eggs, and a single female can contribute as many as 17 egg sacs within her lifespan. The common house spider is non aggressive, and their venom is not dangerous to human beings.

Control of the common house spider (daddy long legs spider) is a six step process: inspection, identification, prevention, sanitation, use of mechanical measures (vacuuming), and treatment. In most cases, treatment is exterior, applied to the fascia, soffits, windows, door frames, and exterior walls. However, in the case of extreme infestations, an interior treatment may be necessary.

DADDY LONG LEGS SPIDER

The daddy long legs spider has a small body, between 2mm and 10mm (1/16" and 1/2") in length, with legs that can reach up to 50mm (2") long. They range between grey and brown in colour, and typically have banded or chevron-shaped markings. They build tangled webs in dark, damp recesses, including in the cellars of buildings. Daddy long legs spiders feed on insects and other spiders, and are relatively harmless, preferring to retreat from predators rather than confront them. They rarely bite, and their venom is not believed to be toxic to humans.

Control of the daddy long legs spider is a six step process: inspection, identification, prevention, sanitation, use of mechanical measures (vacuuming), and treatment. In most cases, treatment is exterior, applied to the fascia, soffits, windows, door frames, and exterior walls. However, in the case of extreme infestations, an interior treatment may be necessary.