Spiders

Douglas Webb

Tips & Tricks: Using Spiders to Your Advantage

October 1, 2015 By
The spiders encountered in homes and businesses are typically hunters or trappers, capturing live insects for food. Hunting spiders seek their prey (mostly crawling insects) by running them down or ambush. By contrast, trappers construct webs to catch flying insects... Read more»
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Tips & Tricks: Key to Spider Control

September 24, 2015 By
Despite their similarities, spiders and insects have many behavioral and physiological differences. Web-building spiders are primarily found in areas with abundant prey. Ground-dwelling spiders become pests in spring when they become active, and in fall as they search for mates and... Read more»
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Dr. ElRay Roper

Tips & Tricks: Manage Spiders with IPM Concepts

September 17, 2015 By
Spiders are challenging pests to manage because of the diversity of spider species, habitats and behaviors. When controlling spiders, keep these integrated pest management (IPM) concepts in mind: ⦁ Manage outside lighting to reduce attraction to the structure. ⦁ Remove... Read more»
Doug Vangundy

Tips & Tricks: Integrated Approach Controls Spiders

September 10, 2015 By
As warmer weather approaches, property owners might start to notice an increase in spider activity in and around their residences. To control spiders, pest management professionals (PMPs) must use an integrated approach, while also educating customers about proper techniques to... Read more»
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Ken Kendall, Technical Director, Ensystex

Tips & Tricks: Use IPM Principles to Control Spiders

September 3, 2015 By
Spider control involves using the principles of integrated pest management (IPM), which includes sanitation, such as removing spider webbing and insects as potential food sources. It also includes mechanical measures, such as making sure doors and windows seal properly to... Read more»
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Conducive Conditions: Black Widow Spider Gathering Place

August 26, 2015 By
This electrical transformer unit is not an unusual sight just outside the back door of a commercial kitchen. Its location makes it a popular meeting place for employees to have a quick smoke and a cup of coffee. While this... Read more»
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Brown Recluse Spiders on the Loose

July 16, 2015 By
If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Europe, now is the perfect opportunity for pest management professionals to take a trip to France and say it’s for business. Two women in Languedoc-Roussillon, in the southern region of France, were recently... Read more»
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Pest Trends: Brown Widow Knows How to Deal with Unusual Prey

Latrodectus geometricus is also known as the brown widow spider, gray spider, geometric button spider, brown button spider and the house button spider. Discovered by C.L. Koch in 1841, it was originally described from specimens taken in South America. However,... Read more»
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McCarthy Pest Control

How Fumigation Solved a Spider Problem

April 28, 2015 By
Imagine fielding this call: Your prospective customer is The Federal National Mortgage Association, aka Fannie Mae. The lending institution recently took ownership of a $450,000 residence overlooking two holes on a golf course at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring,... Read more»
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Ride Along: The Ins and Outs of a Typical Spider Call

March 25, 2015 By
Reading the mainstream media’s headlines, one would think the No. 1 feared pest is bed bugs. Ask a psychologist or a pest management professional (PMP), though, and the answer is spiders. Hands down, people of all genders, ages and cultures... Read more»
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