Post # 1
Last night we found and killed 6 black widow spiders on our patio furniture…all in a span of 20 minutes. So I am thinking there is a sac somewhere- gross I know.
I’ve read what you can do before calling a pest conrol company and spending a bunch of $… Basically we are going to do is clear the webs, turn all of our patio furniture upside down, vaccum with a shop vac, wash it with warm soapy water and spray the furniture with a peppermint extract/water mix (apparently it deters spiders and other bugs..)
My question: has anyone ever done this (and not just for spiders)? Did it work? Any tips or advice?
Post # 2
I’d do both. Call the pest control company first, then when they leave do what you planned to do anyway just to be safe.
Post # 3
I know there are also spider sprays. When we moved in the spiders were ridiculous, we had webs on the grass, all over the deck and by the doors, etc. We used it just to keep them away from right by the door, where we sit, etc. It seemed to last quite a while.
These were not black widows though!
Post # 4
AB Bride: we have pets, so we are trying to abstain from using chemicals that could potentially hurt fido.
But this just came out of nowhere, we have never had this problem before! Thank god they are not INSIDE the house.
Post # 5
coffeeismypoison: BURN EVERYTHING! At least that’s what I would do because I have a hugely irrational fear of all spiders.
But seriously, it sounds like what you are doing would work – though I’ve never done it. I would suggest getting a pest control company to do a perimeter spary after you wash everything though – to keep them from coming back and out of the house. Good luck!
Post # 6
coffeeismypoison: I would call the pest control people immediately. Black widow spiders can be dangerous for pets and humans, especially small children. I would also still do what you were going to do yourselves. But I definitely think calling an exterminator is a great Idea.
Post # 7
coffeeismypoison: I’d move- because I’m with PP- I have a somewhat ridicuous fear of spiders- which we have our fair share here- BUT they are not black widows. I wouldn’t wanting to be use chemicals either, but the spiders might be worse for fido? Try the method you mentioned above- but if you see even one black widow after the fact, I’d call an exterminator and ask for pet-friendly options.
Post # 8
If the chemicals get rid of the spiders, couldn’t that potentially be safer for your pet? There may be some animal safe sprays out there – you could probably call pest control, tell them you’re concerns and they could give you a free estimate and let you know if they have any pet friendly products.
But I’m totally with PP – I would move if this happened to me!