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Old August 30th, 2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Spiders are out of control at my new house and I need to do something about it... Wife hates them, 2 year old toddler, new baby any day and a HIGHLY allergic boxer....

Who did you use for pest control? Did it work? How much?

I have a feeling just calling Orkin/etc is going to get me a salesman in a hard hat trying to upsell every package under the sun. $99 special turns into $650, ya know?
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We had rose pest control do some spraying for spiders and ants, seemed to work.

For us, the biggest thing is just keeping vigilant. I am out in the country, and its just hard to keep things out sometimes. I've recently found some gaps in the basement windows that have let things into the house (I've found frogs in my basement!), and hopefully sealing them up will slow that greatly.

Spiders are there to eat other bugs, no bugs, no spiders. So keep the basements and house clean. Get out the shop vac and vacuum up webs when you see them. In the baseemnts, get glue board traps, and put them all along windowsills and baseboards, they will just keep catching bugs.

That at least keeps us in decent shape. Before we did that, we would get wolf spiders that would stick around long enough to get to 3" across. Now, we still have some spiders, but they are small.

Most spiders don't really do anything to people, anyway.
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X2 what Jesus said. I also spray the whole yard every 2 or 3 months, which has really helped with all the bugs.
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Besides people's fear of spiders, they are really not too bad because, like Jesus said, they eat other bugs. I don't spray for bugs outside because I like to make sure the spiders stick around the gardens.

I found one of the easiest ways to keep bugs out of the house is to make sure there isn't much organic material (besides dirt/rocks) right up next to the foundation. When we first moved in, the previous owners had a lot of mulch piled right up to the foundation anywhere from 6" - 12" deep and all sorts of bugs were coming in (mainly silverfish, pill bugs, box elder bugs, spiders). I pulled most of that mulch back away from the foundation by at least a foot and that made an immediate and huge difference in the number of bugs making it inside.

A few times a year I sprinkle some powdered diatomaceous earth on the ground right around the base of the foundation and that helps too.
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Call downriver pest control and talk to Kenny. He's the best around.
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