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Protecting Your Home & Family from Spiders

Dealing with Spider Problems in Your Home

Spiders rarely bite people and only two groups - the black widow and brown recluse - 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.


Common House Spider Image  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia

There are more than 35,000 species of spiders worldwide. Spiders exist in a wide range of colors and sizes, yet they are all easily recognisable by their 8 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 responsible for most indoor spider bites.

How to Keep Spiders Away

Tarantula Image  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia

Spiders are most likely to enter the home in the fall due to their search for 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.

How to Get Rid of Spiders

Although many homeowners struggle with do it yourself spider control remedies the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large ones and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional.

Rentokil technicians are skilled, experienced professionals – they are state certified licensed applicators and are required to participate in regular training programs to maintain their expertise. They understand the habits of each species and use that knowledge when developing a control program for your home. They also have respect for you, your home, your family and your time.

At Rentokil Pest Control, we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. We are always available 24 hours a day for any emergency pest concerns that may develop and all appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you our customer. If you would like further advice or to arrange a visit by an Rentokil technician, call us on +255 22 2126005.