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Don’t let Spiders Unsettle Your Customers

GENERAL PEST
05.04.2018

Although spiders don’t destroy structures, create allergens or transmit diseases like other pests, homeowners still want them controlled – which is where a pest management professional comes in.

In most cases, an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach works best for effective indoor and outdoor spider control. Implementing an IPM program involves several steps:

Inspect and exclude: Before treating a customer’s property for spiders, assess the environment that may be conducive to spiders to determine what treatments are appropriate. This means:

  • Inspect for spider webs in corners near ceilings, around windows and doors, behind furniture and other furnishings adjacent to walls
  • Seal cracks and crevices, install weather stripping around doors and repair screens on doors and windows to prevent spiders from entering structures
  • Use a vacuum to remove webs and spiders from their harborages and be sure to seal and dispose of vacuum bags immediately
  • Clean the surrounding landscape, keep debris away from structures 

Consider webs before making treatments: Many water-based insecticides don’t adhere to spider webs, so spraying webs will often not result in long-term control. Apply an insecticide to areas where webs have been removed, as spiders are likely to return to these areas to reconstruct their webs. In areas where webs aren’t present, apply sprays to spider harborage areas around doors and windows, as well as in cracks and crevices.

Protect customers with confidence:  DEMAND Insecticide is highly effective at reducing spider populations. Its iCAP™ technology formulation features small microcaps that release the active ingredient, lambda-cyhalothrin, quickly for immediate control, while larger microcaps release it slowly for residual, long-lasting control of a broad spectrum of indoor and outdoor pests.

Even though most spiders are more of an annoyance than a danger, customers want these pests eliminated from their properties. By implementing a thorough IPM program, you can enable your customers to live comfortably without disruption.

FOR LIFE UNINTERRUPTED