No one wants to see spiders crawling around their homes. The next time you’re treating for spiders, eliminate callbacks by following these three “T’s” to ensure they aren’t making their way inside:
- Teach. Educate customers on the importance of eliminating attractive harborage to spiders, as well as their food source: insects. On the home’s exterior, this includes cleaning overlooked areas such as the inside and outside of rain gutters, especially near downspouts, as well as any outdoor light fixtures near doorways. It’s also important to follow proper exclusion practices, such as installing screens and door sweeps. On the inside, regularly inspect basements, garages and attics.
- Tune up. In addition to practicing proper cleaning protocol, encourage clients to make repairs around their homes to address any remaining spider entry points. This includes patching and sealing damaged window screens, door sweeps and seals around foundations, and any loose or damaged siding or soffits.
- Treat. Using the right products to control spiders is essential for long-lasting and effective results. For a crack-and-crevice treatment, choose a product with a long residual. Apply the solution at entry points such as doors, window casings and eaves. Spiders tend to create webs close to light sources and other areas that attract their prey. Check foyers and garages with outdoor lights, and treat with a far-reaching spray so you don’t have to get very close to gain control. Lastly, place sticky traps under furniture to intercept migrating spiders.