House Spider


House Spider

House spiders will often be seen in and around your house and garden. They are seen most commonly in log piles and in garden sheds.

They usually eat crawling insects such as beetles, earwigs and cockroaches although, house spiders have even been observed feeding on earthworms. House spiders can survive for months without any food or water.

The house spider stands on top of its sheet-shaped web and waits for insects. Sometimes it will build a tube-shaped retreat where it can hunt in safety.

After a male has found a female's web he will stay with her for some weeks. During this time he will mate with her a few times before eventually dying. The female does not kill the male, but after he dies she does eat him. In this way, the male contributes to the health of his offspring after his death. Males are often found trapped in baths in houses. They fall in after foraging, and can't get out.

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Female house spiders are usually 9-10mm and males are 6-9mm (not including leg span). They are brown and hairy with long legs. Their leg span can get up to 60mm. Male house spiders have a slimmer abdomen and longer legs than female house spiders. This spider is often mistaken for the Brown Recluse spider.


Safe and Effective Pest Control

Chuck Sullivan's method of application and choice of products is safe for your family and pets but eliminates the bug problems.

We use synthetic pyrethroids, a botanical-based material derived from chrysanthemum flowers that works in the same way as our own pharmaceutical products, which are simply designed to speed up the body's metabolism. The formula applied to insects, being on a much smaller scale, will result in their metabolism increasing to the point of extermination.

You might call it... 'Bug-Speed'. To put it in perspective, for example, flea control products are made from synthetic pyrethroids and are designed to be placed directly on the pet's skin. The dog or cat is too large to be affected by the material, but is destructive to the much smaller flea.

Therefore, when applied by a trained exterminator, pyrethroids are safe for human and pet health as well as the environment as they are used in very small doses and often diluted in water or oil. The formula breaks down in the environment, heat and sunlight speeding this process.

Chuck Sullivan Exterminators provides an All Pest Service Guarantee so you won't have to worry about house spiders in your home or commercial building after treatment has been applied.


House Spiders are INCLUDED in the All Pest Service guarantee.


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