Purchasing pest control can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience when you don’t know who to trust or what price is fair for the services you need. Here at Cooper, we’d like to ease your mind and help you make informed buying decisions when it comes to spider pest control in your home. Our helpful guide will provide insight into residential spider infestations and how to find the best company to meet your needs.
Why do I have spiders in my home?
Spiders will enter homes through small spaces such as the cracks and crevices around the foundation. If you happen to live in a wooded area or have a garden near the base of your foundation, you can be more prone to having spider activity in your home since spiders are more prevalent in those types of environments. Spiders are attracted to areas that are damp or dark, such as basements or gutters, but you can still find them in dry, warm areas of your home.
More common ways spiders enter homes by entering through poorly screened windows and doors or cracks and gaps around door or window frames and poorly sealed utility entry points. Another common way spiders enter a home is by hitchhiking on boxes, outdoor items as well as other numerous items that are brought inside of a home from the outdoors.
Can spiders hurt me?
Although the thought of spiders make most people cringe, they are relatively harmless. Spiders found in homes are more scared of you than you are of them. They do not want to be disturbed which is why they make their webs or hide in areas of your home where foot traffic is low.
Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are the main concern for homeowners afraid of spider encounters.
Black widow spiders can appear in homes throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Black widow spiders can bite, but usually only do so when they feel threatened as a defensive measure. Biting happens when they are handled or squished. If you encounter a black widow spider, do not crush it and carefully bring it outdoors to leave your home. Not all black widow spider bites contain venom, so you may not experience any effects other than a swelling mark. However, some bites can be lethal to children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
Brown recluse spiders are not native to our area. If you have a chance encounter with a brown recluse spider, it could be that they stowed away in a box or package that traveled from the Midwest to your home. Their bites can lead to muscle spasms and other adverse effects, but that’s if this unlikely scenario were to happen.
How do pest control professionals get rid of spiders in my home?
Pest control professionals can take two approaches to spider activity in homes: preventative and reactive.
Preventative Spider Control
When it comes to pest control, a preventative service is a treatment that takes place to stop infestations before they happen. Quarterly and annual maintenance programs are offered by most pest control companies, much of which will include coverage for spiders.
Reactive Spider Control
Pest control companies also offer options for reactive treatments that target the elimination of existing spider activity. The types of spiders that different companies cover can vary. Make sure that you explain in detail the type of spider that you are seeing to ensure that the technician is able to perform the service effectively.
What is the average price for spider pest control?
There is no set price across the pest control industry for spider control, but you could expect to pay between $150 and $300 dollars to solve an immediate spider problem in your home. Depending on the severity of the problem, additional services may also be needed or you may also need a recurring maintenance plan. Factors that go into spider control services include the cost of the materials used and the time it takes for a professional, certified technician to thoroughly perform the service. If you are seeing a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. The quality of work can often dictate the pricing of services or a lack of a guarantee which is why uou need to be careful when purchasing a service that is priced significantly low. Before you jire a pest control company, please be sure to ask the questions below to determine if the pricing is fair for what you need.
What do I need to know before I pay for spider pest control?
If you are ready to purchase pest control for spiders in your home, you should be prepared to select the type of company and their program features to meet your exact needs. Any pest control company should be able to answer the following questions, which will guide you to make an informed decision.
- Treatment Method- Are they using chemicals indoors or outdoors? Are they using pesticides according to their labels? How will the treatment be applied? Why did they select this approach?
- Types of Spiders Treated- Do they cover the spiders that you have in your home? What additional types of spiders will they treat if they enter your home?
- Coverage Period- How long will they cover your home from spider activity?
- Guarantee- How far are they willing to go to eliminate spiders from your home?
If a company cannot answer even one of these questions, you should rethink about how reputable they are. We suggest also checking the company’s website and reading their online reviews as well.
What can I do to prevent spiders?
Pictured Above: House Spider
Make sure to keep all vegetation, woodpiles, and clutter away from the foundation of your home because they are all ideal spider environments. Also, avoid the use of landscaping materials such as riverbed rock as the rounded rocks create a cool damp environment that is favorable to the sorts of insects that spiders often eat. Switching to yellow (sodium vapor) lights can also reduce the number of insects attracted to your home. Lastly, you will want to keep your home as well sealed and free of moisture as possible. Accordingly, you will want to seal up gaps around windows and doors and any other entry points or cracks. Keeping your basement as dry as possible is also helpful.
How can Cooper help me?
If you are currently experiencing a spider problem in your home, our One-Time Spider Service can control and eliminate spider activity. One of Cooper’s experienced pest management professionals will visit your home and use a special tool called a webster to remove the existing activity. In addition, the pest management professional will apply an exterior treatment to prevent spiders from entering your home in the future. This program provides unlimited coverage for 90 days. If you see spiders within this 90 day period, one quick call to our customer service department will result in fast technician dispatch to remediate the problem. The One-Time Spider Service does not provide any coverage or preventative maintenance after the 90 day period.
The Home Traditional Program is ideal for clients who have several pests in their home such as centipedes, spiders, crickets, earwigs, and pill bugs. This plan provides year-round pest management with quarterly visits by our state certified technicians. If you find that you are seeing pest activity at any time during the year, you can call Cooper for unlimited, fast technician dispatch.
The Home Intensive Program is designed to provide preventive pest and rodent control for your home, year round. This is our most popular service for homeowners and also provides coverage from spider activity. The service plan includes four preventive services per year. Each service is unique and will be accompanied by a detailed 30-point inspection report with detailed findings as well as providing you with important recommendations for your home. Each year you will receive three exterior maintenance services (March – November) and one interior service (December – February). The winter service will focus on the interior of the structure and is geared towards rodents and other pests that may live within the structure.
Call us today at 1-800-949-2667 or fill out the form on our website for a free no-obligation quote or for further information about spiders in your home.