Most Spiders are relatively harmless. However, dangerous species sometimes bite humans that encroach on their habitat. Any spider bite should receive medical attention as blood poisoning or an infection could possibly result.
As with most pest management programs, an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach is an integral part of successful spider management. All management procedures are preceded by a thorough inspection of the entire premises to define the extent of the problem. Precise ‘on the spot’ application is favoured over ‘blanket’ spraying.
Hunting spiders such as the huntsman and white tail spider are difficult to manage with residual chemicals as there is no web to treat. In these cases it is usually best to target the spider’s food sources instead. Envirotechnics’ technicians will know precisely where to look and what to do.
Most spiders build some kind of web. The vast majority of webs in your garden will be home to harmless spiders which may even be beneficial by catching flies.
Many harmful spiders are relatively small and nocturnal. They spend the day hidden away close to their nests, which, in some cases, are little more than small balls of what looks like cotton wool. One such spider common in Western Australia is the Redback Spider.
Keep an eye out for their small nests on the undersides of garden furniture, around plant pots or under childrens toys outside or internally near doors and windows.
By destroying spiders’ webs you will not destroy the spider. Many will reconstruct their homes in a few hours. It is important that you destroy the mature spiders by spraying them with a proprietary insecticide or by squashing them.
If you believe the number of spiders in and around your home is excessive, call Envirotechnics straightaway.