Spider Control, Elimination, and Prevention
Serving Phoenix, Seattle, and Portland Homeowners
Croach™ is committed to specialized spider control services that protect your family and pets.
If your home is conducive to spider survival, you do not have a single spider or even just a few. You have dozens of them.
While spiders in the Pacific Northwest and Arizona Desert are more active in the late summer and autumn, they are a year-round pest.
Why Do I Have Spiders in My Home?
As with any pest, the presence of spiders indicates shelter and food. A steady food source inside your house suggests other insects have also taken up residency.
Spiders can enter through minuscule openings in your home. Gaps in and around your window screens and door frames are common entrance points.
They also move into your home on or inside boxes or other items brought in from outdoors.
Black Widow Spiders
One of the most poisonous spiders in North America, the Black Widow, is prevalent in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.
Since the female’s venom is three times as potent as a male, they are the more dangerous of the two.
You know it’s a female Black Widow spider by the red hourglass shape on the underside of her belly.
Black Widow webs will appear thick and tangled with strong strands.
Outside, you might find them close to the ground in sheds, near your foundation, or in outdoor furniture. Inside of your house, look for webs in crawl spaces, basements, or other dark, undisturbed areas.
Since they are shy, non-aggressive spiders, bites usually occur in self-defense when the Black Widow gets trapped against your skin.
If bitten by a Black Widow, we strongly suggest a trip to the emergency room; especially if the victim is a child, elderly, or if symptoms worsen.
A Black Widow will lay up to 400 eggs at a time making it imperative to keep them out of your living area.
Hobo Spiders tend to get mistaken for other species, such as the Brown Recluse. They build funnel-like webs in areas that are unoccupied, dark, and humid.
They attack cockroaches, flies, silverfish and other insects for food and can be aggressive toward humans as well, particularly when protecting themselves or their eggs.
Hobo Spiders are a favorite meal for birds, rodents, other insects, wasps, and even ants. Therefore, the presence of Hobo spiders may attract their predators into your home.
Yellow Sac Spiders
Pale beige to yellow, sometimes with a green tinge, Yellow Sac spiders are common to most of the United States.
Their preferred environments are gardens, trees, bushes, and wood piles. But with the falling temperatures in autumn, they look to move inside.
Once in your home, Yellow Sac Spiders climb vertical surfaces and construct silken tubes to retreat into during the day.
Yellow Sac spiders do bite, and though it is considered medically significant and painful, there are no reported fatalities.
Brown Recluse Spiders
The Brown Recluse Spider thrives amongst humans; in porches, garages, basements, attics, crawlspaces, closets, under garbage cans, in storage areas, and in the midst of clutter.
It builds small retreat webs out of sight, in dark places, like cracks, corners, under and behind objects. True to its name, it is reclusive.
But you may encounter them in showers and bathtubs, in shoes or piles of rarely worn clothing, in curtains or drapery, and even inside furniture.
An interesting fact about the female Brown Recluse is that she only needs to mate once to produce eggs throughout her life, resulting in 150 or more eggs a year. She actively lays eggs from about May to July.
Though their bite is potentially dangerous, it is rare.
Croach™ Spider Control Program
We provide compassionate and customized services to the unique needs of our customers. Our Spider Control program includes the following steps.
Step 1: Inspection – Please call for free, initial phone consultation or to schedule an on-site inspection immediately if you suspect a spider problem.
Step 2: Treatment – Your technician will perform a thorough inspection, devise an elimination program, and begin spider control treatment.
Step 3: Prevention– The best form of spider control, and really any pest management, is prevention. Croach™ maintenance plans are designed to prevent a re-infestation of your home.
Spiders, in particular, are almost impossible to eliminate completely. Thus, continuing pest control service is recommended.
How Can I Keep Spiders Away?
You can play an active role in providing a less inviting home for spiders:
- Vacuum regularly around door and window frames, behind furniture and along the edges of the ceiling and floor.
- Clear away unused clutter and piles of clothing. If it sits undisturbed, it is a perfect home for spiders.
- Keep firewood, rock piles, shrubs, and other objects away from the outside walls of your home.
- Inspect anything you bring in from the outside for spiders. Don’t give them a ride into your home.
- Use yellow bug light bulbs outside of your home and don’t keep them on all the time. Attracting a spider’s favorite foods is like throwing out the welcome mat.
- Have a pest control plan in place to control spiders and other pests from inhabiting your property.