Complete Spider Control – Newcastle and Hunter Valley
Spiders are scary for some and can be a safety concern, especially with children and pets.
You don’t have to be an arachnophobe to want a spider free home. Although they can be beneficial in keeping insects at bay, the bites from some spiders can be painful and their webs can be very unsightly.
A professional spider treatment from Rebel Pest Professionals will eliminate your spider problem, provide long lasting protection and keep you home web-free for many months.
Fear no more! Call (02) 4956 8727 Newcastle or (02) 6542 5555 Hunter Valley to protect your family from spiders.
How we get rid of spiders
As with all our pest treatments we start with a thorough inspection to fully understand the nature of the problem. Spotting web-building spiders is relatively straight forward, but if you have a problem with hunting spiders (such as the white-tail spider), we will need to carry out a more detailed inspection to try and find the source of the problem.
Our professional spider treatments
To eliminate spiders and provide long lasting protection, it’s necessary to carry out a comprehensive treatment inside and outside the home.
Inside the home
We treat roof voids with insecticide powders (redbacks love roof voids and down lights!) and sub-floors if you have one.
Outside the home
We carry out a comprehensive barrier treatment, not just a spot spray like some companies may do. The areas we treat:
- Complete perimeter treatment:
- Vents & weepholes
- Doors and windows
- Gutters and downpipes
- Cracks & crevices
- Other fixed items around the perimeter of the building
- Other areas
- Garage & carport
- Play equipment
- Garbage bins
We will always discuss any safety concerns you may have before carrying out a treatment. We do this over the phone at the time of your booking and with our on-site risk assessment before carrying out a treatment. If we are carrying out a spray treatment, it will be necessary to keep children and pets out of the area until the treatment is dry. We always choose the products with the best safety and environmental profile.
What to expect from our spider treatments?
Any spiders present at the time of treatment will die within an hour, although spiders hiding deep in crevices will only get affected when they emerge, so you are likely to see spiders dying during 24-48 hours after treatment.
What do you do with spider webs? Do you brush them down prior to treatment or give the customer instructions to brush them down a day or two after treatment?
If you do not like spider webs against your home we suggest you brush them down prior to the day of treatment. Alternatively, you can wait 2-3 weeks after the treatment and then brush them away.
The treatment leaves an invisible insecticide residual on surfaces preventing spiders moving into an area and building their webs for many months. It is important not to wash treated surfaces as it will wash the treatment away and reduce its effectiveness.
What are the signs of a spider problem?
It should be pretty obvious when you have a spider problem – you see spiders or their webs in or around your home!
However, there are certain things to look for which may indicate a spider problem may develop in the future:
- If there are plenty of insects around, it means there is plenty of food for spiders
- Spring is spider breeding season, so even one or two spiders in spring, could develop into a significant spider problem later in the year
- Check roof void, downlights, fencing (especially tubular pool fencing) and outdoor items for redbacks
- Check door and window frames, vents and eaves for the webs of black house spiders
How to prevent a spider infestation
To prevent spiders entering the home
- Make sure insect screens are in good order and well fitted
- Make sure there are well-fitted weather strips under all doors
- Seal up crack and crevices or other entry points
make your home less attractive to spiders
- Keep plants and vegetation away from the perimeter of your home
- Keep your home clean and de-cluttered
- Turn off lights at night
Spiders aren’t attracted to light, but their prey are! As a result, they love to build their webs near or around lights.
Types of spiders
Spiders can be split into two types of spiders; web-building spiders and hunting or running spiders.
Web-building spiders as they name suggests build their webs to catch their food. As such they can be pretty easy to spot, treat and kill.
Black house spider
The black house spider is one of the more common house spiders, building its funnel-like dense webs around doors, windows, eaves and vents. They tend to be a shy spider, but they can deliver a nasty bite.
The redback spider likes to build its messy, fish-net like webs in dry areas; around downlights; under rocks and log piles; under garden furniture, BBQs and play equipment; along fencing; inside tubular fencing and around vents. The female is the redback most will recognise (the male is small and insignificant!), and will be quite aggressive. The bite is very painful and if bitten by a redback, you should seek immediate medical attention.
St. Andrews Cross spider
The St. Andrews Cross spider is a large garden spider that creates large webs. When waiting in the middle of its web it aligns its legs in the shape of a cross. Although they look scary, they are not really a concern to humans and help catch insects around the yard.
Like the St. Andrews Cross spider, Orb spiders are a garden spider that build large webs. There are a number of species of various shapes and colours, all of which have a large abdomen.
Running or hunting spiders
Running spiders for the most part, don’t build webs, they catch their prey by either running after it or by waiting in a hiding place and ambushing it. These spiders either don’t have a regular hiding spot or have a well-hidden burrow, so finding the source of any infestation can be challenging.
The white-tail spider does have a painful bite, but it does not cause flesh to decay, as urban myth suggests. (White tail spider bites). They live under rocks and bark outside, so love to hide between clothes and sheets left on the floor (be warned!). Their favourite prey is the black house spider.
Although the huntsman spiders are large and fast moving (so certainly scary!), they are generally quite timid (unless it’s a female guarding her egg sac). Their bites are actually quite mild.
Despite their name, wolf spiders are not really a concern. They are certainly very common in the garden where they hunt their prey at ground level. They may come into the house by accident.
Trap door spiders
Trap door spiders are often confused with funnel web spiders, as they live in burrows. Not all trapdoor spiders build trapdoors on their burrows and as they are a garden spider they are rarely a problem. But make sure you wear gloves when gardening. The males go wandering looking for a mate, which is when they make their way into houses.
Funnel web spider
The Sydney funnel web is the most common funnel web around Newcastle. The female builds their funnel shaped webs in burrows in the soil in dry forest areas. It’s the male, which goes wandering in search of a mate in the warmer months, that can be a serious safety concern if it gets into people’s homes and shoes!
The Sydney funnel web has a reputation as a deadly spider and indeed the bite is very painful and can be deadly if no medical treatment is available. However, since anti-venom was developed in 1981, there have been no deaths from funnel web bites. It is important to note that the funnel-web bite has a different first aid treatment to other bites (see below)
Spider bite first-aid
If bitten by a spider take the following steps
- Make sure the victim is calm and sitting down
- Clean the bite area with water and disinfectant
- Apply ice if the bite area becomes painful
- Seek medical attention if you know it is a redback bite, cannot identify the spider or there is concern about the health of the victim
If you know or suspect the bite is a funnel-web you should apply snake bite first aid:
- Calm the victim and keep them still
- Immobilise the affected limb
- Apply a pressure bandage
- Call for medical assistance immediately
If you cannot identify the spider, taking a photo is a good option (rather than trying to capture the spider).