Are Arizona spiders difficult to control?
Spiders walk on the tips/pads of their eight legs which keeps their bodies away from most surfaces. Unlike most insects, spiders do not groom themselves making it difficult for conventional insect treatments to be effective against Arizonaspiders. Most pest control products are effective if sprayed directly on spiders, however spiders are not always present and residuals left behind need to contact the spiders body to work.
You'll often hear from less experienced Phoenix exterminators that the only way to control spiders is to eliminate their food source…or other pests. While it is important to eliminate the food source for any invading pest it is not the only step in spider control.
Arizona Spider control tips:
- Eliminate or shield outdoor lights or bright indoor lights that attract other pests, the spiders' insect food source
- Trim weeds around your foundation, remove debris and stored items to discourage spiders and pests from living near your home.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to remove webs, spiders and their egg sacs. Spider elimination includes prevention of entry, reduction of spider food and any condition that might encourage spider invasion or reproduction.
- Apply weather stripping to all doors and windows. Also, it is a good idea to install door sweeps. You need a tight seal to keep spiders out.
- Repair all window and door screens using silicone caulk or screen patches. Windows are a common spider entry point, so be sure that each layer, from screen to glass to trim, is sealed completely.
- Buy some outdoor sealant and a caulking gun. Walk around your home looking for cracks and crevices around your foundation and fill them in. Next look at your siding. You may need a specialized sealant depending on your siding material and color. Be sure to check the lowest edge of your siding for cracks and holes. Lastly, fill in all holes created by utilities: cables, wires, pipes, faucets, outlets, plumbing…etc. Concrete, mortar, or expandable foams are also options for filling in holes.
- Screen all vents leading into the home.