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Spider Control 101

Clark's Pest Control

When spiders come out to play, Clark’s can save the day! Read more to learn about poisonous spiders, how we treat them, and how you can help prevent them.

SPIDER FAQ

“What kind of treatment for spiders do I get with my general pest control service?”

We treat from the foundation of your home, 2 feet up and 3 feet out as a protective barrier, as well as all possible points of entry for pests like cracks/crevices in door and windows. It also covers brushing down spider webs with a pesticide around eves, doors, windows, lights, garage, and any other areas on the structure that a spider has built a web. It is normal to see spiders, as they are the most difficult pest to treat, their legs are long and they walk right through the treatment.

They don’t clean themselves, so the only way for product to be applied to them is by direct spray or ingestion of a pest with treatment on it. During your pest control service, the pest professionals can knock down any webs, take care of any spiders seen and treat for any food source they may be thriving off of. If any poisonous spider is found in or around your home you can count on Team Clarks to get rid of them.

“What kind of spiders are dangerous?”

According to PestWorld, there are two species in the southern and western United States that can cause serious harm when accidentally disturbed – the black widow and brown recluse.

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Black Widow

You are probably familiar with the black widow’s appearance. It has an almost glossy sheen to its body and has an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of its abdomen.

The male widow spider is smaller than the female and rarely bites. The more aggressive females bite more often but will still usually only bite in defense. The most common reason for them to attack is if they are guarding or laying eggs.

The female black widow prefers to spin her silken web in a protected space, such as under decks, house steps or stones. They are rarely found inside of houses. The black widow bite produces sharp pain that typically lasts for hours, resulting in localized muscle cramps.

The pain can become severe and spread to other parts of the body and be accompanied by tremors and weakness. Cold clammy skin, a feeble pulse, spasmodic breathing, and delirium might also be experienced.

Brown Recluse
Brown Recluse

Wolf Spider

The brown recluse spider appears harmless. It is yellow to light brown in color and on the smaller side, with its body only measuring around 3/8” long. When its long legs are extended, its length grows by more than an inch. The brown recluse is often confused with the much larger wolf spider. The easiest way to identify the brown recluse is its three pair of eyes.

It won’t seek out humans to attack, as it is shy by nature. It typically hunts for prey at night and hides during the day.

However, its hiding places can lead to accidental encounters with humans as they like to hide in ceiling light fixtures, under insulation in attics, under furniture, in boxes or in closets.

These locations are prime areas for them to be accidentally found and bite in defense.

“I have general pest control services with you, why would I need Spider+ services?”

Our Spider+ Control service, which includes 8 enhanced spider treatments to the home, treats up to 1/2 acre and directly attracts & attacks spiders.

We use a fog machine to target your yard as well as above the first main floor of your home. This also covers structures on your property like docks, boats, etc. and is great if you live near a body of water.

The 8 treatments also come with a monthly guarantee in between services.

“Is there anything I can do myself to treat spiders?”

Light Leak Test

You’ll notice that the spider webs come out where there’s light. This is because the spiders know how to hunt for their food and that’s what they are targeting. You are most likely to see them around your porch light, flood light, etc.

To perform a light leak test you must do the following:

Wait until dark and then turn on all interior lights and close all blinds, curtains, shutters, windows and doors.

Go outside and see if there is any light “leaking” through.

Vacuuming, Hairspray, and Windex – Who Would Have Thought?

Between services, we recommend vacuuming up any webs and spiders to keep their quickly growing population under control, making sure to properly dispose of any dead pests (aka their food source), and refraining from using over the counter pesticides as they can counteract with our treatment.

You can use Windex or hairspray to kill any pests you see.

We also offer a service targeted directly to spiders for the exterior of your home, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns or would like more information on our Spider + services.

“Do spiders benefit the environment?”

Spiders can help keep down the chances of flying insects invading the inside and outside of your home. Their food source is other bugs. As long as they stay hungry and searching for food, they can be more helpful than harmful.


Chances are you will never experience the bite of a black widow or brown recluse spider, however, that doesn’t mean you have to share your home with these pests.

Thankfully, you can get rid of all types of terrifying spiders around your property today by calling Clark’s Termite & Pest Control. Give us a call at our toll-free number 866-781-4991.

 

Building Barriers: Clark’s Quarterly Pest Control Service

If you find yourself with some unwanted house guests this summer, we offer one-time or quarterly pest control treatments that can leave you with peace of mind that your home is protected against pests. If you already have pest control services and are interested in what makes them effective, look below for a brief description of our pest control services:

 

The interior and exterior of the home are treated to build up a barrier against pests during the initial service.  Once the barrier is established, the exterior treatment will cover 98% of covered pests from entering the home and is maintained quarterly. Your pest control is guaranteed between services and we will come back out if you experience any issues following the treatment.

 

For the interior treatment, the cracks and crevices along the baseboards are treated throughout the entire home. We place an insecticidal dust around appliances, in plumbing voids and around large pieces of furniture. If you have a garage, the corners and along the ceiling are spider brushed. A liquid treatment is applied to the cracks and crevices along the baseboards. Two monitors will be placed on either side of the garage door.

 

On the exterior, treatment includes spider brushing under the eaves and around the windows and doors. A liquid treatment is applied under the eaves and around the windows and doors as well. The perimeter of the home is treated 2 feet up and 3-5 feet out. An insecticidal bait will be placed in a around the exterior of the liquid treatment.

 

Did you know? If you already have termite protection with Clark’s, you can receive pest control at a discounted rate! Call us to start pest control service today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com.

Tick

American Dog TickPhysical Characteristics

Unengorged adult female tick is 3/16″ long, the male being slightly smaller (about 1/8″). Body is oval in shape and color is brown with whitish to gray markings. Ticks are eight legged.

Behavior

The tick will not survive indoors; ticks found indoors have been brought in by its host, probably a dog. Adult ticks will crawl up grass or low vegetation and grasp on to any passing host and prefer larger mammals such as dogs, man, cattle, coyotes, hogs, horses, squirrels, etc.

Ticks may be attracted by the scents of animals and are most numerous along roads, paths and trails.movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

Some of the diseases vectored by ticks include Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, Powassan encephalitis, Relapsing Fever, Endemic Typhus and many others.

Treatment

Most infestations of ticks can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control in conjunction with the treatment of any pets.

Subterranean Termite

Physical Characteristics

The Subterranean termite swarmer is about 3/8″ long including wings. The body is dark brown to black in color.

The Subterranean termite soldier is about 3/8″ long with mandibles; the mandibles lack teeth.

Behavior

The Subterranean termite swarms during daylight and occurs during springtime. Colonies are located underground, usually below the frost line and above the water table and rock formations. The Subterranean termite builds mud tubes to travel through areas of adverse conditions and will run from the colony and the food source.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Treatment

Soil treatment with long residual insecticides to provide a chemical barrier is the most commonly used control or prevention method for subterranean termites.

Southern Fire Ant

Southern Fire AntPhysical Characteristics

Southern Fire ants are 1/16″-1/4″ long and queens are usually larger. The head and thorax are yellowish red and the abdomen is black in color.

Behavior

Typically the southern fire ant is ground nesting. However, the southern fire ant will nest outside in close proximity of the kitchen, in wood, soil, masonry, base of trees or shrubs and in clumps of grass and may gain access through HVAC systems, power in and outlets and pipes. Fire ants may also nest in Breaker panels and electrical junction and water boxes.

Fire ants prefer a high protein diet, typically, but will feed on almost everything, whether it is plant or animal. Southern fire ants have been known for eating electrical and phone lines seeking out the wire insulation as well as soiled clothing.

The southern fire ant is highly aggressive and has been known for attacking non-responsive residents and pets, such as the elderly and infants, inflicting injury.

Treatment

Treating fire ants should be handled by a trained license professional due to the southern fire ants’ aggressive nature.  In cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.

Silverfish and Firebrat

SilverfishPhysical Characteristics

Silverfish are shiny, silver or pearl gray, and firebrats are shiny, mottled gray. Adults of both are slender, wingless, soft-bodied insects 1/3 to 1/2 inch long. They have scaly bodies that taper gradually to the rear with two slender antennae in front and three long, thin appendages in back.

Behavior

During the day, both silverfish and firebrats hide. If the object they are hiding under is moved, they dart toward another hiding place. They come out at night to seek food and water. Items on their preferred menu are cereals, moist wheat flour, books, any paper on which there is glue or paste, sizing in paper (including wallpaper) and book bindings, and starch in clothing. They can live for several months without food. Silverfish and firebrats can be found in any part of the home. They hide in baseboards and around window and door frames from which they seek out food sources. Sometimes they are seen in the bathtub or sink.

Treatment

To keep silverfish and firebrats away, keep basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, especially shower stalls, clean and dry. Plug or putty holes or spaces around pipes. Repair leaks and drips in plumbing. Clean out closets periodically. Collections of magazines, papers, and books provide food for them. Occasionally, move books around in a bookcase. Keep foods in containers with tight lids. If you are encountering a resilient infestation of silverfish or firebrats, call Clark’s! Our pest control service will take care of the problem for you, guaranteed.

Pillbug

PillbugPhysical Characteristics

The adult Pillbug is about 1/4″ to 5/8″ long and has almost a slatted over lapping armor look to their body. In color, the Pillbug is slate gray.

Behavior

Pillbugs are often called roly-polys because they will roll up into a tight ball when disturbed and are not insects but land dwelling crustaceans.

Pillbugs are inactive and hidden during the day to reduce water loss and often found under trash, boards, rocks, flower pots, piles of grass clippings, flower bed mulch and around building exteriors.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Pillbugs gain access indoors by door thresholds and sliding glass doors. Once inside they usually do not survive more than a couple of days. The Pillbug is a scavenger and feeds on decaying organic matter and can occasionally injure young plants.

Treatment

Most infestations can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control. (yard spray)

Pharaoh Ant

Pharaoh AntPhysical Characteristics

Pharaoh ants are 1/16″ long and are yellow to reddish in color. Queens are about 1/8″ long and slightly darker than workers.

Behavior

Indoors, the Pharaoh ant will nest near warm and humid areas in close proximity to food sources and commonly nest in inaccessible areas such as wall voids, under floors and in furniture. The Pharaoh ant will forage night or day and is a common problem in hotels, grocery stores, hospitals and apartment complexes.streaming film Rings 2017

Treatment

Most infestations of Pharaoh ants can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control. However, in cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.