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Spiders

Spiders are invertebrates with a two part body (phalo thorax and abdomen), biting chelicerae and silk glands that discharge through spinnerets. They have 4 pairs of legs and additional pair of short appendages (pedipalps) beside the chelicerae. Eight is not only the number of legs spiders have. The original spiders and most still have eight eyes and if that is not enough spiders still live today which have the original complement of eight spinnerets.

Female spiders may reproduce up to 300 spiderlings per hatching 2 or three times per year, depending on their species. The spiderlings (baby spiders) are then distributed en masse on gusts of wind on parachutes of web, or crawl to their new home.

When we treat your home, we pay attention to all the potential spider harbourage areas including webs. Spiders that we contact with a pest control spray will definitely die after a short period of time, ranging from just a few hours up to a couple of weeks.

It is not possible to eliminate all spiders on your property. Spiders play an important role in our food chain and it is much more environmentally responsible to concentrate on keeping spiders from entering the premises.

No pesticide residue that is available on the market today will kill spiders when they crawl over it. So Spiders such as Huntsman and Ground dwelling spiders can only be controlled if spray contacts them

Elimination of hiding places, e.g. Removal of rubbish and debris such as mulch palm fronds etc. from around and under a building is part of reducing spider populations. The most common types of spiders are Webbing Spiders and Poisonous Spiders (mostly Red-Back Spiders).