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Signs of spiders in your home or business

Whether you’re in Calgary or Montréal, the signs of a spider infestation are the same. Spiders become a little more active in the cooler months looking for food and shelter. As the temperature drops in the autumn, they come out of their hiding spots and look for a mate. This is when these signs are most often spotted. Towards the end of the autumn many die off, but some hibernate until the following spring.

Be sure to look for the following signs of spiders in your home or business:

  • Spider webs: The size and shape of spider webs will vary by species. Some are orb-shaped while others are funnel-shaped.
  • Egg sacs: Spider eggs are laid in a silken sac, with each sac carrying about 100 eggs. These sacs may be fixed to a surface, hidden in the web, or carried by the female.
  • Spider nests: They typically like to build their nests in dark, undisturbed areas of a building, like the corners of rooms near the floor or ceiling.
  • Live or dead spiders: Seeing multiple live or dead spiders around your home or business is a fairly good indicator that you have an infestation.

If you need to control a spider infestation, talk to the Rentokil experts at 877-690-2115.


Spider prevention for your home or business

Spiders get inside the same way other pests do. Most spider species are quite small, can compress their bodies to fit into tight spaces, and will gladly crawl into a home or commercial property through any crack or crevice. This is why conducting regular inspections of the exterior of your property is an important part of spider prevention.

Some of the things you can do to keep spiders out include:

  • Seal up cracks in the walls - This includes damage from harsh weather or mishaps. If there are cables going through the walls from inside, make sure there is a seal around the hole through which the cable runs.

  • Ensure windows have screens and repair any that are damaged - Having windows open without screens is an open invitation for many pests. Spiders will gladly crawl inside, perhaps following the flies and mosquitoes which may also find their way inside through open windows.

  • Repair foundation damage - Sometimes cracks form in the foundations of homes and buildings just from natural settling. Often a spider infestation starts in the basement or crawlspace, so regularly checking for holes, cracks and damage in that area is crucial for spider prevention.

  • Clean up debris - Throughout the property and around the perimeter, spiders like to hide and will build webs wherever they can find a nice hidden location. Eliminate these webs by clearing out debris around the property, within basements and crawlspaces, parking garages and across the outdoor landscaping.

DIY spider removal and prevention

Although professional pest control solutions are proven to be the most effective for removing spiders from your property, there are a few do-it-yourself solutions that can deter spiders from entering.

The following natural oils are repulsive to spiders: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, cinnamon, and cloves. When combined with water and dishwashing liquid they can be made into a spray that can be applied around doors, windows, and any surfaces spiders may be lurking. However, none of these methods can be proven to be effective and Rentokil cannot endorse any of these solutions to completely prevent spiders from getting into your property. The best defense against spiders comes from our team of expert Technicians.

For professional spider control you can trust, call us today at 877-690-2115 or contact us online.

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