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Spider control

Spiders are regarded as a nuisance pest that many people fear. But for commercial spaces, the biggest issue with spiders is their unsightly webs. A spider infestation could give off the impression that the property is unclean (which is especially of concern for businesses that serve food like hotelsbars and restaurants).

Do you want to get rid of spiders? Your spider control experts at Rentokil offer comprehensive spider control services, including green pest control solutions. While there are thousands of different types of spiders in the U.S., only a handful of spider species are commonly found indoors, causing problems for businesses. Our experts can help you identify which one is infesting your facility, and design the perfect treatment plan for your unique needs.

Schedule a free inspection of your property by contacting us online or call 800-837-5520 to speak with a customer service agent.

Signs of a spider infestation

Spiders generally prefer dark, secluded areas, both on the interior and exterior of your building. When determining whether or not your facility has a spider infestation, there are some key locations to monitor and signs to look for: 

  • Look for spider webs - The size and shape of spider webs vary by species. Some are orb-shaped while others are funnel-shaped.
  • Spider eggs are laid into a silk sac, which may be fixed to a surface, hidden in the web or carried by the female. Sacs fixed indoors indicate that there will soon be more spiders around.
  • Some spider species live in burrows rather than webs, while others are free-ranging and take refuge in crevices.
  • Some spiders are attracted to moist environments. Check your building’s basement area, walls, sheds and other damp locations.
  • Other species can be found in places such as attics, the junction of a wall and ceiling, closets and storage boxes.
  • Spiders feed on other insects and prey on ants, flies, woodlice and other spiders. Where there is a plentiful supply of other insects, spiders will wait to find their next meal.

You may notice increased spider activity in the fall as the temperature drops. Spiders become more active as they look for a mate, emerging from their hiding places. They often enter buildings at this time in their search for a warm place to escape the weather. Many spiders die off toward the end of autumn, but some hibernate until the following spring.

How to get rid of spiders

There are several ways that you can help to get rid of and prevent spider problems in your business:

  • Vacuum regularly
  • Remove noticeable webs
  • Remove sheltering sites like firewood piles and compost piles from near your building
  • Use lighting in a way that is less attractive to the insects on which spiders feed

Although many seek out DIY spider control products like spider traps and repellents, the results are often less than satisfactory. Rentokil Specialists are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state-certified applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your business.

How to prevent spiders from infesting your property

As spiders feed on insects, it is important to not create an environment in your property that is conducive to other pests. By using sanitation best practices, you can prevent spider problems.

Use the following spider prevention tips to keep eight-legged intruders out:

  • Remove clutter

  • Store all boxes off the floor and seal them tightly

  • For commercial facilities, establish a "vegetation-free zone" 18-20 inches from the building’s perimeter

  • Seal cracks and crevices around doors and windows

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