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Reliable control for crawling and webbing spiders

Spiders are not easily controlled creatures. They are extremely beneficial to the Australian eco-system, however, there are urban pest spiders which pose a risk to the health and safety of your family. Spiders like the red-back, funnel-web and white-tail spiders are classified as deadly and dangerous. The proper spider control solutions should be applied to avoid risky run-ins.

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How do I need to prepare for a spider treatment?

Do not remove webs in your backyard or home. This ensures your technician can determine the habits and habitat of the offending spiders.

For families with unborn or newborn babies, we recommend minimising exposure to any pesticide that you may come into contact with. So, if there are any sprays applied inside the home, we recommend you vacate the home during the treatment.

For pet owners, we recommend removing the animal/s from the area being treated. Dogs and cats we recommend removing any food or water bowls before the service and then replacing the bowls after the service is completed and any products used have dried. If there is a treatment to be carried out to the exterior of the home, the ideal would be if the animal can be moved to a neighbour or friends property whilst the treatment is being carried out, if that is not possible then place the animal in the garage or laundry whilst the exterior is being treated. The animal can be returned outside once the products used have dried (3-4 hours dependent upon weather conditions). For more information in regards to other pets (reptiles, fish, rodents etc.), please visit our FAQ page.

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How do spider control inspections work?

Spider control is always a challenge.  Spiders are a beneficial part of our eco-system and help to keep other insect populations under control, so a balance needs to be achieved while attempting to control the spiders in the target area. Flick Anticimex will perform a thorough spider inspection of your property to ensure any harmful spider species are found and identified. All of our qualified technicians are proficient in spider control and provide a wide variety of professional spider solutions.

If a dangerous or problematic species of spider is found, you will be advised on the most appropriate treatments for your situation.

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What methods are used to control spiders?

Crawling or Hunting Spiders This group of spiders are not found on webs but commonly make their home under leaf litter or bark, in hollows or purpose-built burrows and in general garden areas. These spiders hunt down their prey down or lie in wait to ambush their prey. For crawling or hunting spiders, control is extremely difficult.  Spider control methods are limited to removal or elimination of each individual spider by direct contact with a pesticide. Unless the species is considered dangerous, the best method of spider control is to move them back into their habitat. The DIY system, known worldwide involves a fearless member of the household, a glass or bowl & paper/cardboard slid underneath – followed by a release outdoors! Unfortunately, chemical sprays applied as a “barrier” method of spider control to stop crawling spiders from coming where they aren’t wanted do not work.  That is why no pest control company can offer a warranty on crawling/hunting spiders. Webbing Spiders Webbing spiders depend upon silk for their movements and spinning webs for catching their prey. For webbing spiders there are a few different spider control options:
  • Food supply: Reduce the food supply for webbing spiders by turning lights off at night, and implementing other pest control measures (such as mosquito control, fly control, etc).
  • Remove webs: Removing spider webs may stop you inadvertently walking into them, but this is not a long-term spider control solution.
  • Chemical sprays: You can spray a spider directly with flying insect spray as a case-by-case form of spider control. Spraying chemical on the webs is not always effective since most webbing spiders hang on using claw-like structures on their legs which do not readily absorb chemical residues.
Though it doesn’t usually help to cut down spider populations, it is always advisable to remove the web immediately after the treatment.  This allows you to determine when the spider population is building again and when further spider control is needed. Back to Preparation

Professional versus DIY pest Control

There are steps you can take to minimise spider infestation. However, if dangerous species are colonising the areas around your home or invasions are severe, you will need the help of a professional for long-term spider control. Removing the webs or using a supermarketing spider spray will not be effective for the following reasons:
  • Removing the web does not relocate/remove the spider from your premises.
  • Supermarket spider/pest sprays are not as effective as the registered pesticides used by our licensed technicians.
  • Sprays are only effective if you understand the habits and behavioural patterns of the offending spider species.

After Treatment Tips

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    Residents can’t do much to deter spiders, except ensure foliage and bushes in the backyard are trimmed.