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Spiders Close School for a Day: Spider Control Tips to Keep this from Happening to You

False widow (BG)

Spider pest control experts were called out to the Dean Academy in Gloucestershire, England in late October 2013 because of an infestation of false widow spiders, whose bites can be fatal. Washington pest management experts share that while this incident occurred far from home, the same could occur in Northwest schools if brown recluse spiders, aggressive house spiders, hobo spiders or black widows found a building accommodating enough.

Signs of a Spider Infestation 

While most spiders are harmless and act as nature’s exterminator, most people don’t necessarily want them around. Signs of a spider infestation include:

  • Noticing an abundance of webs inside or around the exterior of your home.
  • Seeing an abundance of egg sacs in or around your property. 

Spider Pest Control: Preventing an Infestation

  • Seal the cracks in the exterior walls of your home.
  • Repair or replace broken window and door screens, as well as those around vents or other openings.
  • Remove webs and egg sacs when you see them.
  • Dust and vacuum your home often.
  • Use exterior lights that have a yellow tint.
  • Control the humidity levels in your home.
  • Use natural spider control agents: Spray salt water on spiders and their nests to kill them. A few drops of lavender, peppermint, citronella, cinnamon, citrus or tea tree essential oil mixed with a quart of water is also a deadly combination for spiders. Repel spiders with crushed chestnuts or by spraying a mixture made with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 cup of white vinegar in areas where spiders tend to spin their webs.

If your child sees a scary looking spider at school that seems bigger than harmless ones, encourage him to show his teacher. If necessary, the school district may have the spider analyzed by a pest control company. Oregon and Washington residents should never hesitate to call pest control experts, like Eden, if they ever have a question or a concern about an infestation.

[ Photo by: David Short, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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