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Increased Arachnid Activity

Megan Pinneo


If you haven't taken notice already, you may start to see an increase in spider activity in the next couple of weeks as the temperatures begin to cool off making way for Fall. While it is not widely known, male spiders typically seek a mate around late Summer early Fall. This includes tarantula spiders, which according to Mount Diablo State Park rangers, they have already begun seeing tarantulas popping up early due to the cooler temperatures. Be advised that mating season usually lasts through the end of October. 

It's good to keep in mind that while tarantulas are intimidating to look at (for all you arachnophobes!) they are quite docile and non-aggressive unless provoked (which we DO NOT recommend!) Most female tarantulas remain in their burrow, so if you run into a tarantula while out hiking or if you live on acreage, chances are it's a male. Fun fact: Male tarantulas have been known to search for up to four miles to find a mate! Kind of romantic! 

On a separate note, general household spiders will also be seeking mates around this time frame. As always, we recommend staying consistent with your pest control services and doing your best to eliminate the arachnids main food source which are of course other bugs, but most importantly FLIES. If you find yourself having a particularly intense fly infestation, whether outside or inside your home, we recommend picking up a fly catcher or trap at either Home Depot or Lowes to help out. These usually cost anywhere from $5.00 to $7.00 depending on the brand or type you buy. Making sure your trash bids are secure and covered is also a good idea, since this is a popular place for spiders to set up camp. (Coincidence? We think not.) 

We hope this helps answer some of your questions about the increase in spider activity as of lately. If ever you have a concern or need your pest control technician to come back out to do a respray for you, don't hesitate to give us a call!



8 Things You must Know When Hiring Pest Control Services

Black Knight Pest

Many companies claim to be the best when it comes to getting rid of pests, however, not all of them are what they claim to be. Here are simple steps to guide you in making the decision to a company that will serve you best.     1.       Get quality, not discounted price only

The temptation to get the cheapest service provider is attractive but do not fall into it. The cheapest will not get you a good service and the most expensive is not necessarily the best. The aim is not to look for the price range first but the quality of services offered. Once you are satisfied with the service and the quality then you can proceed to negotiating the price. Never do it the other way around.

    2.       Avoid door sales

Marketing requires a level of aggressiveness and that is why you will find many salespeople knocking at your door. However, when it comes to pest control do not welcome the pest exterminator at your door readily. Unlike other services that you may require anytime of the day like insurance, the rule does not apply for pests.

You need their services when you have a pest or require an inspection. Besides, door-to-door pest exterminators have a bad reputation of actually placing the pest in your home so that you call them in. Avoid this scam!

     3.       Check the fine print

When dealing with pest control companies make sure you read the fine print. Most companies work on a contract basis so ensure what you are singing into before your signature land on the dotted line.

     4.       Check for insurance

When searching for a service provider, on top of checking their quality of work ensure you find out if they are insured. You do not want to face an insurance case later on. Check as well whether they are certified and licensed to operate their business.

     5.       Check for guaranteed services

When you agree to the terms, find out which service you will be getting. Look out for companies that guarantee you of their work and offer a follow up. At times one may miss the pest the first time around or have a recurring case. Ensure they follow up and deliver.  If they do not you may want to look for another solution

      6.       Associations add credibility

You will be assigned a specific exterminator who depending on the intensity of the job will come with other workers. Some are pest experts and others contractors. Ensure that the team that arrives at your house is certified and at least the leader of the team if not the company belongs to recognised associations.

       7.       Safety first

Before they begin their work, make sure you ask about the pesticide agents they will be suing. Most pesticides are harmful to human beings as well, when ingested. Ask for regulations governing their use so that you do not place yourself or your family at risk. Keep your pets and children away from the exterminators when they are working.

       8.       Get a recommendation

One of the best ways to find a reliable pest control service provider is to inquire from a friend or a relative. Chances are they will have heard or encountered a service provider you can trust.

Leave a comment or call us and tell us your experience with pest control services.