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Spider Control in Alberta
Spiders provide natural pest control by catching insects in their webs, but that does not necessarily mean that you want them inside your home or business. House spiders can cause contamination of food and may pose health risks and trigger allergies. With over 580 species of spiders found in this province alone, it’s not uncommon for Albertan basements and attics to harbor a spider infestation.
The following video includes some interesting information about spiders and other pests in Alberta.
Spiders are air breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They differ from other arthropods in that the usual body segments are fused into 2 tagmata. The cephalothorax and abdomen are joined by a small cylindrical pedicel. Unlike insects, spiders do not have antennae.
Unlike most arthropods, spiders have no extensor muscles in their limbs and instead extend them by hydraulic pressure. Their abdomens bear appendages that have been modified into spinnerets that extrude silk from up to six types of glands. Spider webs vary widely in size, shape and the amount of sticky thread used.
Most known species are predators preying on insects and other spiders, although a few large species also take birds, lizards and fish. They use a wide range of strategies to capture prey; trapping it in sticky webs, lassoing it with sticky bolas, mimicking the prey to avoid detection, or running it down. Spiders’ guts are too narrow to take solids, so they liquefy their food by flooding it with digestive enzymes and grind it with the bases of their pedipalps, as they do not have true jaws.
How Do Spiders Get in Your Home?
Spiders will go inside your house looking to fulfill the same three basic needs; food, water, and shelter. Spiders are attracted to any space that will provide them with food sources. Especially somewhere with lots of insects that can be chased and hunted down, or trapped in a web.
Some spiders are dormant during the winter months, waking in the spring hungry and looking for prey and food sources. They get into your home via open, poorly screened windows, doors, air vents and will find the smallest crack and crevices around door and window frames. Spiders prefer areas that are messy and undisturbed, which is why dark basements and garages are often homes to spiders.
Spiders can also enter your home or business unintentionally when you bring in boxes or outdoor items. Check for spiders before carrying in anything that was previously stored outdoors, especially if the item was kept outside for an extended period of time.
How To Get Rid Of Spiders
Home remedies can discourage spiders, but if you are continually finding multiple spiders or webs in your home, you may have an infestation.
Spiders with long legs are able to keep their bodies off the service and any mouth contact they do make is with their pedipalp appendages that never touch the ground. Because of this, there is very little chance of a pesticide working simply from a spider coming into contact with it, as spiders need to get directly hit by the chemical. That being said, spraying is also not effective for killing spiders.
To eliminate spiders, the best solution is always prevention. Most spiders live for about a year, but some can live as long as 15 years. If you have tried your own extermination methods such as spider repellent, spider traps, or DIY fumigation and the problem persists, contact a professional pest control company like Assassin Pest Solution. We provide free advice, complete a thorough inspection, and will create a comprehensive control plan that is based on the inspection findings. For truly effective spider control, you need professional pest control services to kill spiders.
Tips to Prevent Spider Infestation
- Avoid leaving clothing and shoes on the floor and consider storing them inside plastic containers.
- Install tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.
- Seal any cracks or crevices around the home.
- Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.
- Reduce clutter in the yard and against foundation walls.
- Sweep / Vacuum all spider webs and egg sacs.
- Keep food put away. This will eliminate other insects spiders feed on.
- Keep a clean home: spiders like to avoid clean homes due to the lack of hiding spots for them.
- Install sodium vapor light bulbs or yellow lights outdoors as these attract fewer insects for spiders to feed upon.
- Spiders reside where lights remain on at night. Locate such lights away from the house or turn them off when not needed.
Know The Signs Of A Spider Infestation
- Increased Spider Sightings: Seeing one or two spiders occasionally is normal, but seeing them on a regular basis is a good sign there could be a problem.
- Increased number of webs and tunnels. Most spider webs are harmless but be careful of funnel webs. Those spiders may bite if you try to disturb their webs or handle them.
- Finding egg sacks: Spider egg sacs are commonly found in your garage, attic or basement, on the undersides of patio furniture, in corners of dark rooms, and in the clutter in your spare room. They resemble small cotton balls and are usually surrounded by webbing.
- Other insects: Spiders will flock to where there is food. If you have numerous flying insect species (Flies, wasps, bees) around your home this may invite spiders.
Types Of Spiders
There are many types of spiders that might enter your home. The most common spider population found in your home native to North America is the Common House Spider (Parasteatoda Tepidariorum).
Other common spiders that live in North America are the Wolf Spider, Cellar Spider, Giant House Spider, Jumping Spider, and the Southern House Spider.
Common house spiders can be dangerous to humans but most spiders will only bite you if they are in a life-threatening situation. Spider bites from the majority of common house spiders are not deadly.
Spiders to watch out for that can be dangerous in North American are the Hobo Spider, Yellow Sac Spider, Easter Parson Spider, Widow Spider, as well as other non-venomous spiders that still have a painful bite.
Where Do Spiders Hide?
When it comes to spiders hiding. They can practically hide anywhere. The most common hiding spots for spiders are:
- Under Furniture.
- Under the sink
- Attics, Garages, and Basements.
- Rock & Woodpiles.
- Door Frames & Window Sills.
- Lamp Lights Attract Insects.
- Cracks, Crevices & Holes
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