Pest Control and Bed Bug Removal in Vancouver, BC.

Spider Removal

 

Of all the pests we treat, spiders are probably the most widely feared.  A certain popular 90’s movie, that bred a whole new generation of arachnophobes, didn’t help matters any.  However, if you’re in need of Spider Removal, our highly skilled OnSite technicians are the lower mainland’s answer to John Goodman’s Delbert.

Physical Characteristics

As if any of us needs help identifying these creepy crawlies but just in case:

  • Spider bodies consist of two parts.  The cephalothorax (front) and the abdomen (back).  Eyes, fangs and legs reside on the cephalothorax; while the spinnerets are found on the abdomen.  
  • Spiders have eight legs and no wings or antennae.
  • Most spiders have eight eyes, however some species have less or none at all.
  • All spiders make silk which has many and varied uses; shelter, capturing prey, protecting offspring, helping the spider move around.

Habitual Characteristics

Spiders prefer to lurk in dark, moist areas which is why you will likely find them in your basement, attic and/or crawl space.  It also explains why they seem to be so fond of showing up when you are at your most vulnerable; in the shower or bath.

An adult female spider can be fertilized several times and can produce up to 9 egg sacs in her lifetime; each containing up to 200 eggs.  These reside close by, in the web, with 3 to 4 sacs at any one time.  The eggs will hatch in about 8 days but will not emerge from the sac until their first molt.

All spiders are carnivorous predators.  In fact, they are the largest entirely carnivorous group of animals (that’s right!  Spiders are not insects) on the planet.  Without them, the number of insects would reach pest proportions in a very short time.  So, they’re not all bad just not very attractive.  They are also venomous (all species except one) which comes in handy when subduing their prey but can make for a nasty reaction in some people when bit.  Bites usually present as a single raised red itchy bump with two puncture marks.  Most spiders are harmless and will only bite when threatened.   

Preventative measures you can take

As with any pests, prevention is better than cure.  The steps below outline some ideas you may want to consider:

  • Seal up your home.  Fill gaps in closed doors and windows, also around wires, cables, faucets, and electrical components using caulk.  Replace or fix damaged window screens.  Cover vents and chimney with fine mesh insect screens.
  • Keep outdoor lights off when not required or switch to yellow sodium vapor lights.  The light itself will not appeal to spiders but it does attract their food, making it an ideal hang out for them.
  • The cheapest way of keeping spiders out of your home is to keep it clean.  Dust and vacuum the interior regularly.  Eliminate clutter both inside and out.  Keep the exterior perimeter free of leaves, wood piles and grass clippings.

What We Do

In order to carry out Spider Removal Treatment, our expert technicians apply a contact killer which deals with the spiders.  We follow that with a residual spray to all active areas, as well as the entire perimeter of your home or business.  This wipes out all other bugs which are potential food for your unwanted guests. All OnSite Spider Removal Treatments are covered by a 6 month warranty.

 

OnSite provides services for flea removal as well. Contact us today for more information.