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Pest control and DHCS

By T1G3R - 13 January 2013 27

Hi folks,

With all this heat I’ve been finding quite a large amount of spiders. Usually adult wolf and huntsman spiders. This i can take care of, just yesterday i killed a six legged wolf spider no problem.

My problem today is that i have just terminated the lives of 20 tiny babies. They were making a nest between my hallway and bathroom. and i walked through them and i’m officially freaked out as they might be on me, in my hair and just everywhere. It is giving me the major shivers. Anyway usually when there is a few i know there’s a lot more and not knowing who or where the mother of these dumplings are.

I’m currently a DHCS tenet and wanted to know if anyone else encountered similar infestations and what if anything maintenance did or if i have to fork out 200 for the extermination.

Under normal circumstances i wouldn’t mind paying but i only get 200 bucks a week and that’s not counting food and bills so, i’m tight on budget. I know there’s bug bombs out there but i’m a little skeptical on their efficiency.

Any helpful advice will be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

T1G3R

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Pest control and DHCS
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TheDancingDjinn 1:42 pm
13 Jan 13
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Maintenance won’t help in this situation. I have used the bombs for the exact problem before, i moved home and bought in a mother and many many babies by accident. Bomb the house, don’t use more than one at a time.

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Antagonist 2:01 pm
13 Jan 13
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TheDancingDjinn said :

Maintenance won’t help in this situation. I have used the bombs for the exact problem before, i moved home and bought in a mother and many many babies by accident. Bomb the house, don’t use more than one at a time.

+1. I also recommend the $20 ‘Mortein Professional’ type insect control packs for doing outside the house – like up under the eaves, around doors etc. I am actually about to head outside to do mine right now. It isn’t the same as a professional pest controller, but it is a LOT cheaper and makes enough difference to keep Mrs Antagonist happy.

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Buckaroo_Banzai 3:12 pm
13 Jan 13
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When I moved in to a private rental some years back, white tail spiders regularly climbed out from the light fittings late at night with a disturbing scratchy crawling sound. I mentioned something about the lease conditions mentioning ” safe and comfortable” or something like that to the property manager, and the place got professionally sprayed at the landlord’s expense. I just did my own surface spraying each season after that and was fine.

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miz 3:36 pm
13 Jan 13
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Agreed, Housing is unlikely to help for insects (though I understand they might if you have a serious rodent or bird infestation as those problems would affect the property and could have public health ramifications).

Buy some insect bombs from the supermarket. They often come in a pack of 3. They are easy to use but make sure you follow the instructions. They contain pyrethrum in a form and dosage that ‘gets into nooks and crannies’ and kills the bugs.

You usually need one bomb can per room if doing the whole house.
If just doing one room you will have to close it off so the effect is not diluted. You will still have to evacuate the house for a couple of hours and air it well afterwards. If your property is not detached, let your adjoining neighbours know you are intending to bomb the house, so they can take steps to be out of the house during that period (to protect their children and pets from being affected).

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boo 3:44 pm
13 Jan 13
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How about not killing them? They can’t do anything to hurt you. Most of the babies will eat each other and you’ll end up with a few adults helpfully polishing off any cockies and silverfish for you. You’ll save yourself the hassle of cleaning up the chemical residue on every surface of your house, and it’s free!

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:46 pm
13 Jan 13
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Antagonist said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

Maintenance won’t help in this situation. I have used the bombs for the exact problem before, i moved home and bought in a mother and many many babies by accident. Bomb the house, don’t use more than one at a time.

+1. I also recommend the $20 ‘Mortein Professional’ type insect control packs for doing outside the house – like up under the eaves, around doors etc. I am actually about to head outside to do mine right now. It isn’t the same as a professional pest controller, but it is a LOT cheaper and makes enough difference to keep Mrs Antagonist happy.

How long do you find it lasts for until you need to re-apply?

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Zan 3:53 pm
13 Jan 13
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boo said :

How about not killing them? They can’t do anything to hurt you. Most of the babies will eat each other and you’ll end up with a few adults helpfully polishing off any cockies and silverfish for you. You’ll save yourself the hassle of cleaning up the chemical residue on every surface of your house, and it’s free!

I agree, do not kill them as they are your friend. They kill all the dust mites and tiny insects. You can make pets of huntsmen spiders. They have the softest velvety feet.

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Stevian 4:18 pm
13 Jan 13
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“just yesterday i killed a six legged wolf spider no problem.”

Are you in the habit of attacking cripples? For Shame!

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Pork Hunt 5:14 pm
13 Jan 13
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Zan said :

boo said :

How about not killing them? They can’t do anything to hurt you. Most of the babies will eat each other and you’ll end up with a few adults helpfully polishing off any cockies and silverfish for you. You’ll save yourself the hassle of cleaning up the chemical residue on every surface of your house, and it’s free!

I agree, do not kill them as they are your friend. They kill all the dust mites and tiny insects. You can make pets of huntsmen spiders. They have the softest velvety feet.

Do they bite us humans?

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c_c™ 5:15 pm
13 Jan 13
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Wolf spiders do not have hazardous venom, in fact there are only three species in Australia that do. And of those three, only the funnel web is really a danger.

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LSWCHP 5:36 pm
13 Jan 13
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c_c™ said :

Wolf spiders do not have hazardous venom, in fact there are only three species in Australia that do. And of those three, only the funnel web is really a danger.

Dunno about that. When I was a kid the lady next door got bitten on the leg by a red-back, and nearly 50 years later I can remember the terrible effects it had on her. To this day I have a horror of the nasty shiny little things, and I’ll stomp ’em at the first opportunity. Wolf spiders are OK though, they just get escorted from the premises.

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poetix 6:17 pm
13 Jan 13
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I see spiders as free pets, like some other here. Interesting and harmless. If one has to be taken outside, I am the person to do it as Mr Poetix is more freaked out by them than I am.

There really is no need to fill your house with expensive toxic chemicals to get rid of them.

boo said :

…you’ll end up with a few adults helpfully polishing off any cockies …

Mind you if they’re eating cockatoos there may be a bit of a problem.

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trickyxr 6:22 pm
13 Jan 13
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I used to work for a compant that had the housing contract for pest control and we did spray for spiders,Mainly if there was red backs or white tails inside the house.On the other hand i now work for myself and would be happy to give you a good price

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Thumper 7:39 pm
13 Jan 13
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I just leave spiders alone. They eat other insects like flies, and in course, get eaten by geckos and frogs and birds.

Win win I say. No insecticides or posions.

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milkman 8:23 pm
13 Jan 13
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Meh. I let Mr Pea-Beau do the hard work.

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