Simple measures can be used to limit the number of spiders entering the house. Flyscreens can be fitted to windows, and weather strips or draft excluders will block their entry under doors. Trees and bushes planted away from the house will discourage spiders from making burrows close to, and wandering into the house.
Spiders belong to Class Arachnida, which also includes scorpions, harvestmen, ticks and mites. They have two main body parts, eight legs, simple eyes, piercing jaws (fangs), and silk spinning organs. Like insects, spiders have an exoskeleton which is shed periodically to allow the spider to grow, a process known as moulting. Spiders are arachnids not insects. Insects have three main body parts, six legs, compound eyes, antennae, and chewing jaws (mandibles).
It is important to check clothes, which have been left on the floor for spiders. Whilst in the garden, shoes should be worn and when gardening, long trousers and
thick gloves are recommended. Insecticide spraying is not recommended for ground-dwelling spiders as it may make them more active and they may wander into the house. Boiling water may be poured down individual burrows. Spiders are also known to fall into swimming pools and may survive submerged for a number of hours.
If chemicals are used for the control of spiders it should be ensured that they are suitable for domestic situation and appropriate for spiders. For more information on spiders visit the Victoria Government website and view the spider fact sheet
If a large number of spiders are present you will need to contact Ridley's Pest Control. We can provide an effective and safe treatment.