Residential Pest Control

Spider Control

Dealing with Spider Problems in Your Home

Spiders rarely bite people and in the NZ none of our indigenous spiders are considered dangerous. The bite of most spiders has little to no effect on people, while a few others are of minor medical importance.
 

Many people have an inherent fear of spiders.
 

Spiders can be a particular nuisance in the home. They are attracted to warm, dark small spaces, like wall cracks, corners, air vents, and in the eaves of your home. Other species prefer to stay closer to the outdoors, weaving their webs in your barn, garden or near your outside lighting. Most spiders are a nuisance primarily because of their webbing.

Spiders

Common House Spider Image

There are more than 35,000 species of spiders worldwide. Spiders exist in a wide range of colours and sizes, yet they are all easily recognisable by their eight legs. Spiders are often beneficial because they eat many types of insects, including those that are pests.
 

Some common species of spiders that can be found entering your home are:

  • Common House Spider – spider most often encountered inside.
  • Cellar Spider – very long, thin legs; will rapidly shake its body on the web when disturbed.
  • Wolf Spiders – large, “hairy”, and often mistaken for tarantulas; leg span as much as 3 inches.
  • Sac Spiders – often pale yellow, grey, or green colour. Likely to be responsible for most indoor spider bites.

How to Keep Spiders Away

Tarantula Image

Spiders are most likely to enter the home in the autumn in search of a warm place to spend the winter. There are several ways that you can help to prevent and control spider problems in your home:

  • Vacuum regularly.
  • Remove noticeable webs.
  • Fill in gaps in walls and under doors to deter entry.
  • Remove sheltering sites like firewood piles and compost piles from near your home.
  • Use lighting in a way that is less attractive to the insects that spiders feed on.

DIY Pest Control Products for Spiders

A wide range of Rentokil DIY pest control products for amateur use are available on the market.

As with all pest control products, please read the instructions carefully before use.

Pest control products from Rentokil are available to buy from all leading supermarkets, DIY stores, garden centres and hardware stores.

Whilst DIY pest control products may be effective against smaller spider problems, it may be difficult for you to reach all the corners, cracks and crevices that spiders will use to hide.

An established pest problem will often require professional pest control to ensure that it will not reoccur.

Professional Pest Control

Generally the spiders web is more of a nuisance than the spider itself but this is not always the case and some spider infestations will prove extremely difficult to control. Rentokil DIY products can deal with the immediate problem but treatment by a qualified pest control technician is often necessary to deal with spiders where there is a heavy infestation.
 

Rentokil technicians have a range of powerful insecticides to deal with spiders and Casual Intruders.
 

Rentokil offers a call-out service to deal with pest problems in the home. Our service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.
 

If you would like further advice or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil technician, call us free on 0800 552 001.