New Zealand is home to hundreds of species of spiders, of which only about twelve or so are regarded as urban pests.
Spiders are very beneficial for our ecosystem. There are a wide variety of spider species, with only a select few considered urban pests.
They grow exponentially. Spiders create a silken sac into which they lay their eggs. Each sac contains about a hundred eggs (this varies with the species). The sac may be attached to something, concealed in the web or carried on the body of the female. If you spot a sac fixed somewhere in your home, that’s a sign that there will soon be more spiders.
- Garden Wolf spider
- Garden Orb Weaver
- Funnel-web spider
- Black House spider
- Redback spider
- White-tail spider
- Daddy Long Legs
- Brown Trapdoor spider
- Mouse spider
- Northern Tree spider
- Huntsman spider
Common Pest Spiders:
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If you are not sure which type of spider has taken up residence in your home, our pest control experts can identify the offending species and put effective spider control treatments in place.
Where do spiders live?
Some species opt to stay closer to the outside world and spin webs in the yard or close to outdoor lighting. Spider webs are one of the biggest annoyances with spiders.
When are spiders most active?
Spiders are usually nocturnal creatures and come out at night when they hunt for food and feed on insects and other spiders. Spiders can tend to become livelier when the weather becomes colder, as they emerge from their hiding places in search of a mate. Some die as autumn ends, but others go into hibernation till spring.
What are the signs of a spider infestation?
Spiders usually reside in the darker, more deserted areas of both the house and the yard. Here’s how to tell if you’ve got a spider problem.
- Check for spider webs – The shape and size of a spider web can be indicative of the species responsible for making it. Observe whether the web is shaped like a funnel wheel or messy, tangled looking web.
- Not all species live in webs. Some live in burrows, while others run around all over the place and then retreat into crevices.
- Some spiders prefer moisture, so check for signs of dampness in walls, basements, sheds and elsewhere.
- Some types of spiders are commonly found in attics, wardrobes, on cornices and boxes used for storage.
- Spiders eat insects like flies, ants, and moths, as well as other spiders. So a home where there is a rich supply of other creatures to devour is more likely to be also inhabited by spiders.
Do I need professional spider control?
Controlling spiders must be done regularly in order to stop minor spikes in the spider population from escalating into full-blown invasions. Spiders can be tricky to keep at bay, and certain species prefer hiding places that are difficult to locate. When spiders go into hiding they can be very difficult to find, so it is important to have regular treatments done in order to keep the population under control.
If you would like to know more about our spider control services, give us a ring on 13 14 40 or fill in our contact form and we will get back to you.
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