There are more than 35,000 species of spiders worldwide, but approximately only 650 of these are found in the UK.
Although they are mostly beneficial to our environment. Many people do have an inherent fear of spiders, known as Arachnophobia. This causes feelings of uneasiness at the mere sight of spiders, which in it’s extreme can lead to excessive sweating, crying and panic attacks.
Thankfully, most species of spiders found in the UK are not considered dangerous and are not pests. The few that may bite very rarely do. If bitten by a spider, it often has very little effect on most people. Only a few species can cause an exceptional reaction due to their venom.
Easily recognisable by their eight legs, some people happily accept the presence of spiders whilst others cannot bear the thought of them.
Professional spider control is important to control a large or repeat infestation. Our inspection and monitoring service is aimed at identifying specific spider species that may be an issue to a business and confirming those which are harmless. Our BPCA certified technicians have expert knowledge about spider species. We can offer advice on how to spot the early signs of an infestation, to enable quick and effective targeted treatment if necessary.
How To Get Rid of Spiders
Spiders are most likely to enter your home in the autumn in search of a warm place to spend the winter. The best advice, in general, is to leave them alone. This however, can be difficult for the millions of people who have a real fear of spiders.
Majority of spider infestations are more of an annoyance – particularly their webs. However, on occasions, more serious situations can occur. One example of this is the False Widow spider (the common name for a group of species in the genus Steatoda) Therefore potentially it could cause harm from reactions to their bites.
Professional Spider Service
Merida Pest Control offers a ‘peace of mind’ spider inspection and monitoring service aimed at identifying specific spider species that may be harmful.
Our spider service includes:
- If a problem species is confirmed, advice will be given on the most suitable solutions for treatment.
- Our BPCA qualified technicians are experienced in the field of spider control and provide a range of professional services.
- To control a small infestation, you may decide to use DIY spider products. However an established infestation though may require professional treatment to ensure that it will not reoccur.
Tips on Spider Removal
The most effective way to control spiders is to limit their food source. This should include clearing away dead flies, woodlice, millipedes, centipedes and other crawling insects.
Particularly sheltered spots such as beneath worktops, backs of cupboards or under/behind large furniture.
Remove Noticeable Webs
On a regular basis.
Fill in gaps
In walls, around pipework and under doors to deter entry.
Remove Sheltering Sites
Like firewood piles, garden bags, compost piles and general clutter from near your property.
Deter all Insects
First of all use lighting in a way that is less attractive to the insects (flies). As aresult of that spiders have less food to feed on.
Spiders are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
Most spiders are harmless to humans but a few spider species, such as the black widow, can bite humans and inject venom. Deaths from spider bites are rare, however.
An abnormal fear of spiders is called ‘arachnophobia’.
Spiders are arachnids, not insects.