Getting Rid of Spiders

Anyone who has lived in Washington knows that spiders are frequent visitors to our homes, offices, and gardens. During the late summer and early fall, spiders appear in large numbers. They can often be found in moist, dark areas such as crawl spaces, window wells, or basements. Control of spider populations is best achieved by mitigating the general insect population. Sunrise offers a quarterly pest maintenance service, All Pest Protection, that includes general pest control and web sweeping to help limit spider activity.

Spider Control

Western Washington is home to a variety of different types of spiders. These eight-legged arachnids feed on insects, mites, and small animals. They’re considered beneficial and help control insects that would otherwise be harmful in larger numbers. The two most common types of spiders in Western Washington are the Hobo Spider and the Domestic House Spider. Despite popular belief, poisonous spiders such as brown recluse and black widow spiders are not native to this part of the state and are rarely found. Many domestic house spider and hobo spider species belong to the genus Tegenaria. Spiders in this genus generally thrive in dark, damp places such as basements, crawl spaces, or window wells. They are capable of surviving for several months without food or water. Young spiders in this genus hatch in May or June and have roughly a 2-year lifespan. However, females can live for up to three years or more.
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End spider problems in 3 easy steps.

Step 1 Inspection

Inspect and Identify

When your technician arrives for your service, they will inspect the perimeter, eaves, and crawl space for spider hotspots, conducive conditions, environmental factors, as well as other potential pest problems. Spiders are often drawn to areas with lots of insect activity, which is why our spider treatment also takes care of other general pests.

Step 2 Initial Treatment

Thorough Treatment

Your technician will complete a sweep for reachable spider webs and eggs. They will also apply a biodegradable control material above doors and windows, along the perimeter of the foundation, and around the eaves. If you have a crawl space, we will treat that, too. This treatment acts as a barrier against general insect and pest activity, eliminating the spiders’ food sources and preventing them from infesting. We cannot guarantee that we will treat each spider in the adjacent area, nor would we want to do that, as they are considered beneficial. However, the decrease in activity will be significant.

Step 3 All Pest Protection

Prevention and Maintenance

All Pest Protection is a quarterly maintenance service to prevent infestations of general pests such as ants, rodents, bees, and other insects. We come out every three months to provide an exterior perimeter spray where the home and foundation meet. We spot-treat cracks and crevices around doors and windows for activity, sweep reachable webs and spider egg sacs, and maintain rodent bait stations (secured, locked, black plastic boxes) on the home’s exterior to reduce rodent populations. All Pest Protection (APP) can also include various warranties for general pests, which are established after the initial inspection and treatment. Once you start, each quarterly service is only $109 before tax. Should your house be overrun by fleas, bees, spiders, or any of the other pests eligible under your warranty, all you would have to do is give us a call. We’ll dispatch a technician to complete a pest-specific treatment at no cost to you under your APP Warranty.