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spider in house in Kirkland

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        There’s two schools of thought when it comes to spiders: they are silent, creepy-crawly, hairy and scary, or you love them and see their value as nature’s pest control. Love them or hate them, read on to learn more about spiders that can occasionally become nuisance pests, and how ProGuard Pest Protection can help you get rid of spiders quickly.

        It’s interesting to note that spiders are not insects – they are arachnids, an order that includes scorpions, ticks and mites, pseudo scorpions and others. While there are actually hundreds of species of spiders here in Washington State, there are several common species of spiders in the Greater Seattle area: the orb spider, the house spider (often confused for the hobo spider, another spider in Kirkland, Bothell, Seattle and surrounding area), the long-bodied cellar spider, the western black widow, the European cross spider, the yellow sac spider and the wolf spider.

        Regardless of which type of spider you have the most common question we are asked is, “Is this spider dangerous”? The reality is that all spiders, regardless of size, have venom to a certain extent. A spider bite is most often due to accidental and/or incidental contact: the spider was in a shoe, inside clothing, in a woodpile, or in some other area where human contact is not common. The reality is that here in Washington State only a few really represent a danger.

        The only ones that we really need to be concerned about are the black widow, the hobo and the yellow sac spiders. These three are the only ones that have venom found to be harmful to people. Some people believe that they have a brown recluse spider. These are easily identified by the “fiddle” pattern on the dorsal (top) side of its head. However, the brown recluse is not native to Washington State so the VERY rare instances where an actual brown recluse is found is when it “hitchhikes” in a shipment. Read on to learn about our spider service, or call (425) 445-8020 now to get started on our effective spider treatment.

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        By now you may be asking how do I get rid of spiders in my home? The answer is a comprehensive, customized treatment plan by the professionals at ProGuard Pest Protection. Effective control requires more than just a single visit, so be warned against those pest companies that guarantee that they can eliminate pests in a single visit! The reason that getting rid of spiders takes multiple visits is that this pest in particular is not always present when we come out to treat the home. Spiders hide in cracks and crevices, under siding and eaves, as well as in attics and crawlspaces and other inaccessible areas. Without direct application, the best deterrent is our strategy: eliminate the cobwebs and the food source, and spiders will seek other locations.

        Spiders will also use their webbing to create egg sacs for their offspring, which live-hatch as small nymphs. The nymphs “molt”, shedding their outer skin several times as they grow until they reach adulthood. As a part of our comprehensive service we “spider sweep” the exterior of the home, removing cobwebs as well as spider egg sacs. Additionally, the professionals at ProGuard Pest                  Protection are trained to assess the unique situation at your home, including contributing factors such as landscaping, overgrowth and the presence of other pests that can be a food source. House spiders are typically already inside, and don’t come in from the outside as several sites suggest, so sealing up cracks and crevices won’t eliminate them. However, this practice does reduce entry points for other pests that are a food source for spiders in the home, so we do recommend this practice.

        Natural solutions that are often suggested are a mixture of vinegar and water, lavender oil and other essential oils, liquid dish soap, garlic spray and other home remedies. While these may work to varying degrees, the science behind professional pest control shows that the most effective method is the technique that ProGuard Pest Protection uses: brush or sweep away the webs, treat any visible spiders, and eliminate the alternate food sources. There are also subsonic repellents and other gimmicks advertised on television and on the internet but be cautious and inquire about real results before putting money into this. Placing small glue traps might also work, and these are readily found at hardware stores, but it’s a guess as to if a spider might crawl across the sticky surface. Rather than cover your living space with sticky glue traps and trying out questionable electronic repellent devices, years of pest control experience passed down tells us that the techniques we use to exterminate spiders and remove webs is the most effective at removing spiders. Call us today at (425) 445-8020 to get spiders out of your home. 

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