Have you noticed an increase in spiders or evidence of them (spider webs) inside or outside of your facility lately? If you answered yes, you are not alone as this type of spider activity is typical for this time of year. Temperatures across the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain regions are cooling and spiders are beginning their search for a warmer place to spin their webs, which could be in your facility. And contrary to the popular belief, the goal of controlling spiders is not just to remove every spider from the exterior of the facility. Instead, Sprague Pest Solutions offers an integrated pest management approach to spider control in Seattle, Portland and Boise as well as throughout our large service area.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that looks at the situation in its entirety. It consists of:
An evaluation of the infestation, facility and the whole situation
Consideration of control options
Identifying the treatment option that gives optimal results
So instead of simply getting rid of spiders with the use of pesticides, the team at Sprague uses an IPM approach to control spiders in a more dynamic way. Here is a brief outline of how we will work to prevent spiders from becoming a problem for your business and especially your customers.
Sanitation - Removing clutter both inside and outside of your business where spiders are likely to hide and spin their webs.
Exclusion - Sealing off cracks and crevices that spiders utilize to gain entry. Also, managing lighting around the facility to minimize spots where spiders will spin their webs (they prefer shining light). And last, reducing the number of plants around the exterior of the building will detract spiders that prefer these areas.
Mechanical Control - Physically removing spiders and spider webs from the inside and outside of the facility.
Chemical Control - The use of pesticides to get rid of spiders is generally a less effective method of pest control. In some cases dusting can help to control spiders in areas such as under shelves or in a garage.
As you can see, spider control is not a simple procedure. It requires multiple techniques in order to resolve existing spider infestations as well as prevent new spiders from moving into the facility. This is why IPM is a preferred method of pest control for not only spiders but many other pests as well.
To learn more about the IPM options to control spiders and many other pests in your commercial facility, please contact us today at Sprague Pest Solutions.