Although spiders do good by eating flies, many people have a real fear of the eight-legged creatures.
Spiders come into our homes mostly in autumn and early winter. This is when the spider population peaks, and as the days shorten and the weather gets colder and wetter, spiders venture inside for shelter and warmth.
Preparation you must undertake prior to treatment
- Ensure window frames, sills and walls around the windows, wall/floor junctions and ceiling/wall junctions are clean and dust-free.
- Remove furniture and decorative objects from the areas to be treated.
- Removing creepers and vegetation from external walls will reduce places for spiders to shelter.
- Immediately after treatment let the spray dry; don’t clean or wipe up any puddles.
- Don’t touch the treated surfaces or let pets into the treated area until dry.
- If you do get the insecticide on your skin wash it off immediately.
- Reduce the humidity by opening windows and increase the heat to allow the treatment to work most effectively.
- Do not vacuum for at least 2-weeks.
How our treatment works
A residual insecticide is applied externally around windows and doors as well as inside to window frames, sills and surrounding walls and ceilings, wall/ﬂoor and wall/ceiling junctions.
The insecticide lasts for up to 3-months and the spiders absorb the insecticide as they walk over it and then die.
Products we use
The technician will state which insecticide has been used on the report they give you after they have completed the treatment. Click each product to access its safety data sheet. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and don’t corrode or stain.
Facts about spiders
Spiders are very successful invertebrates, occurring all over the world in many different habitats including meadows, hill, wood and buildings. They are not insects but Arachinida.
Spiders lay eggs that hatch into miniature spiders and then grow (after shedding their skins several times) into adults. The female spider in all species is larger and heavier than the male. Many have acute vision, especially the ‘Hunting’ spiders that stalk their prey.
All spiders are capable of injecting poison from their fangs into their prey. Very few spiders in England can puncture human skin. The web is spun from glands at the tail of the abdomen. All spiders are capable of spinning webs, even the new ones that don’t use webs to catch their prey. Spiders are very clean and spend hours grooming and cleaning.
Occasionally foreign spiders can be imported from hotter countries. These can kill, depending on the species.
False Widow Spiders
“False widow” is a general term for any one of up to about 120 species of spider that resemble the notorious black widow spider. Steatoda Nobilis is the spider that has made headlines in the UK. It is sometimes also referred to as a “British black widow”, and is about the size of a 50 pence piece. Steatoda Nobilis is identifiable by its bulbous brown abdomen with cream-coloured markings that often resemble the shape of a skull. It has a tawny body with reddish-orange legs.
False widows can bite but like all insect bites the reaction gates from person-to-person. The false widow spider has been found in the southern counties for over 100-years. It is suspected to have arrived in Torquay as a stowaway in a crate of bananas from the Canary Islands.