Talking Pest Control: Quick Tips for Spiders
Although spiders don’t destroy structures, create allergens or transmit diseases like other pests, sometimes you may still need to control them. Homeowners may want them controlled, or they could be a source of potential harm in schools, hospitals or other sensitive areas. In most cases, an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach works best for effective indoor and outdoor spider control.
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
If you are using DEMAND DUO as your insecticide, webbing should be left in place for a few days after application. If the webs have already been removed, apply insecticide to the areas where the webs were, as spiders are likely to return to these areas to reconstruct them. 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 DUO Insecticide is highly effective at reducing spider populations. The unique ZC formulation includes advanced iCAP™ technology; meaning millions of micro capsules are formed around the actives. Smaller capsules release quickly for a fast knock down and the larger ones release more slowly achieving longer residual control. Apply with a coarse low-pressure spray directly onto the spiders and their webs. For residual control apply spray to known harbourages like cracks and crevices. The thing to remember is to leave the webs for a few couple of days after application. Always follow the label instructions.
Even though most spiders are more of an annoyance than a danger, customers may want these pests eliminated from their properties. By implementing a thorough IPM program, you can enable your customers to live comfortably without disruption.