As we stated in our other post about getting rid of spiders from your home, most are harmless and mean you no harm. However, if you are a business owner, spiders can be a nuisance. For example, customers reaching for a product, unaware of the spider hiding, may get bit, and depending on the spider, the bite could be quite dangerous. Therefore, it is important that you seal off your business to outside pests, to protect your customers, employees, and your business!
Creating Your Defense
- Sealing Off Entrances
- If spiders continue to find their way into your business, even after continual removal, you may have a breach! Always make sure to inspect window/door screens as well as cracks along with the building itself. Not only could spiders use these to enter, but other bugs could as well, which will, in turn, lead to more spiders.
- While we are not saying pesticides will not help your situation, they are not always the best approach. Spiders are not like other insects, in fact, they are not insects at all, they are arachnids! Due to their long legs, the body of the spider rarely will come in contact with any kind of spray, unless shot directly onto them. This means that the pesticide will only remain on their feet and will do little to deter them from continuing their journey throughout your place of work. However, using pesticides around your business can deter other pests from roaming to close, and therefore also help keep spiders at bay.
- Diatomaceous Earth: If you are able to locate the area spiders are using to enter your building, using Diatomaceous Earth could help prevent further intrusion. Diatomaceous Earth works by dehydrating the body and cutting the exterior of the spider, leading to death.
- Not often thought of but choosing the correcting light can help deter certain pests as well. If you are having a spider problem, make sure you either turn off outdoor lights (which may prove troublesome for some businesses), or make the switch to yellow sodium vapor lights. These lights will make your building less attractive to other pests, spiders’ main source of food.
Black – Widow Spider
Perhaps one of the better-known spiders, the Black Widow can pack a serious punch. The female Black Widow is about ½ inch long, black in color with a bright red hourglass mark on the bottom of its abdomen.
Like most spiders, the Black Widow only wishes to be left alone. They only bite if they feel threatened, which usually occurs by accident, unbeknownst to the spider. If bitten, seek immediate medical attention, especially if the victim is a child. A Black Widow’s bite contains a nerve toxin, which if left untreated, can lead to convulsions and death in under 48 hours.
Brown Recluse Spider
Sometimes called the Violin spider due to its violin-shaped marking on its body, due to its coloration, the Brown Recluse Spider frequently suffers identity theft, often being mistaken for other spiders. This spider is usually a cream color, with its abdomen being darker than the rest of its body.
Unlike other spiders, the Brown Recluse hunts at night and finds a place to hide during the day. Despite backing a painful bite, the spider itself will retreat more often than not if disturbed, only biting as a last resort. When bites do occur, the pain is not immediately noticeable, taking about 3 – 8 hours to begin, unlike the Black Widow. If you believe yourself or someone else has been bitten, the best course of action is to seek medical attention immediately. While the bite is often not fatal to adults, the pain can be severe.
Calling the Professionals
As we started in our blog about removing spiders from a residential residence, Accurate Pest Control is your one-stop-shop for all your pest control needs. We can make sure your business is locked down against spiders this winter season and will do so using only natural pesticides. Our top priority is making sure your business is a safe location for both your employees and customers!Tags: business, commercial, danger, hazard, natural, pesticide, safety, spiders