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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 ]

New Species of Spider found in Oregon

Cave spider web

Portland pest control service experts and entomologists are all abuzz about the discovery of a new species of spider found in Grants Pass, Ore. The spider is called Trogloraptor marchington after the individual who discovered it, Neil Marchington, and its genus, Trogloraptor, which means “cave robber.” The spider was actually discovered two years ago, but it took researchers this long to conclude without a doubt that this spider is a new, undiscovered species.

The cave-dwelling spider makes rough-looking webs and has hooks on the ends of its legs that researchers think are used to catch flying insects. Measuring a total of 3 inches, the arachnid has venomous glands but doesn’t pose a threat to humans. The Trogloraptor marchington also has a unique characteristic never seen before in any other type of spider: two rows of teeth. 

Spiders: Pest Control Tips

As exciting as the discovery of a new species is, many people don’t want spiders in their homes. Arachnids are simpler to prevent than to kill, and the following tips can help keep them out of your home:

Use yellow outdoor lights. Flying insects (spider food) are less attracted to yellow lights than white lights. By changing the bulbs, you encourage insects and spiders to hang out elsewhere.

Keep shrubs trimmed. By removing shrubs that are close to your home, or at least keeping them trimmed, you’ll discourage the formation of webs near your exterior walls.

Dust often. Regular house cleaning will get rid of webs in your house and make you an inhospitable host.

Seal the exterior of your home. Spiders can fit through cracks as small as a 1/16 inch. Use caulk to fill in cracks and holes on the exterior of your home so spiders can’t sneak inside.

When it comes to pest control, spiders can be some of the simplest pests to manage. If you find that your efforts don’t seem to work, call a Portland pest control service. The experts will inspect your home, remove any webs they find and check for an underlying problem that may be attracting the spiders to your dwelling.

[ Photo by: lorenkerns, on Flickr, via CC License ]