Maxwell Robinson & Phelps are the specialists in spider pest control Perth who have a sense of responsibility to your family, pets and our environment.
We rid your home of spiders
Ensure safety of kids and pets with appropriate pre-cautions
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Spider control process
On arrival, our technician will carry out an inspection of the premises to ascertain the level of spider infestation.
Our external treatment involves carrying out a residual mist spray to all window frames, door frames, eaves, gutters, fascias, downpipes, pergolas, fence capping and sheds around your home.
If required, our internal treatment would involve dusting your roof void and spot treating any active spiders inside your home.
On completion of the treatment we recommend that all spider webs are left in place for approximately 2 weeks. This is because insect eggs cannot be killed with chemical and any egg sacks in the webs will hatch out and come into contact with the residual insecticide remaining on the web. This also applies to other spiders who may try to colonise the vacant web.
At Maxwell Robinson & Phelps, we understand that spiders can cause serious concern to the safety of yourself, your children and pets and ensure that all work provided is thorough and backed up by our MRP Unconditional Money Back Guarantee.
There are many hundreds of species of spiders in Australia and such an emphasis has been put on spiders being poisonous, we often forget that very few spiders are actually harmful. It is estimated that the weight of insects eaten annually by spiders outweighs the total weight of the entire human population.
Red backs and white tailed spiders
The common spiders to keep an eye out for here in Perth and Western Australia are the Red Back Spider and the White Tailed Spider. The poison from a Red Back Spider can cause severe pain, sweating, muscular weakness, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting and in some cases even convulsion.
If you think you have been bitten by one of these spiders, seek medical attention immediately. Antivenoms are available.
Red back spiders generally build their webs closer to the ground around drain pipes, in sheds and under furniture and stored goods. If you're only seeing spider webs high up, it's unlikely that you have a red back spider infestation.
White tailed spiders do not build webs and can be found living in and around gardens and inside houses. In gardens, white tailed spiders are often found in garden beds beneath bark and rocks as well as leaf litter and mulch whilst internally, white tailed spiders are sometimes found in the folds of towels, clothes and shoes.
Don't destroy spider webs
Spiders do not spend all of their time in their webs, and are likely to be elsewhere when we or another pest control company comes to treat your home.
Spiders eventually consume their webs, so being able to spray the web for the spider's return is a huge advantage in achieving a thorough treatment.
After treatment, webs should remain in tact for another 7-10 days to ensure any late returners are impacted.
How can I get rid of Spiders?
Spiders hate peppermint oil, so if you have an area inside of the house that such as a child's room where you want to repel spiders, a light misting around the windowsills and entry points should help to keep spiders at bay.
Spiders usually are in every home but just go mostly unnoticed. If you just don't want spiders around at all, then spider pest control is necessary.
For spider control Perth call Maxwell Robinson & Phelps on (08) 6311 8945 or fill in the contact form on the right (desktop) or towards the bottom of the page (mobile).
Types of Spiders
In Western Australia, the only spider to be lethal is the red-back spider. They are seen mostly in disturbed areas and seem to like living near humans. They nest in dry, sheltered areas where they build messy, tangled webs with sticky tracer leads going to the ground that ‘crackle’ if you run a stick through them. The female is easily identified with her long delicate front legs and a red or orange stripe on her pear-shaped abdomen. She also has a red or orange hourglass shape on her underside. Only the female is considered dangerous but is generally a timid spider, biting only in defence or when disturbed.
Although Red-back spider bites are immediately painful, the venom (which contains neurotoxins) works very slowly. Bites can result in headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, hypertension and, in severe cases, paralysis. Untreated the symptoms worsen over a 24 hour period and may take weeks or months to heal.
White Tailed Spiders
White tailed spiders are common and widespread in Australia. They are often seen inside houses, especially during the summer evenings and are vagrant hunters. They are medium-sized spiders, with cylindrical abdomens, grey to black bodies with stout legs and a white patch at the tip of the abdomen. They feed mainly on other spiders, plucking at their webs to imitate the struggling of an ensnared insect and then seizing the unsuspecting spider when it comes out of its retreat.
White-tailed spider bites typically cause an initial burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness at the bite site. Occasionally, welts or cases of blistering ulceration have been reported and some medical studies suggest that this may be due to a secondary of the wound. If they are common in the house, it is a good idea to check bedding before going to bed. Also, check your shoes before putting them on and do not leave clothing on the floor, as these spiders are often found sheltering in such items.
Black House Spider – Robust hairy spiders range from 9mm (male) to 18mm (female), and are grey to black in colour.
Daddy Long-legs – Small dainty bodies with long legs up to 50mm in length
Huntsman Spiders – Large hairy grey-brown spiders with flattened bodies
Children’s toys and garden furniture are harbourage areas and need checking before using.
Keep garden hedges clipped back.
Information sourced from Department of Agriculture
Frequently Asked Questions about Spider Treatments
“Should I knock down all the spider webs prior the treatment?”
Absolutely not! Certain species will consume their web which gives us a massive advantage in eliminating spiders around your home. Spiders do not spend all of their time in the web so it’s possible that the spider itself will not be present when the treatment is carried out. This is okay, as we will spray each web during our treatment and then when the spider eventually returns to it’s web, it’s days are numbered. If you want the best result possible around your home, please do not touch any of the webs prior to our treatment. In fact, we strongly recommend that you keep the webs up for a period of 7-10 days after the treatment.
“Is it true that funnel- web spiders are not found in WA?”
Last year we found at least a half dozen homes where funnel-web spiders were located. They are certainly a threat in Perth and should be taken seriously.
“When is the best time of year to have my house sprayed for spiders?”
Normally the best time to treat for spiders is whenever you see them. Redback spiders, for example, are no less poisonous in winter than in summer. We strongly recommend that you have your home treated in spring and then again once spiders start to reappear. Many people spray early in the summer months as a once-a-year treatment, but spiders will venture inside during winter, so it’s important to treat the home in April as well to eliminate them from gaining access to the inside of your home. Over 90% of the calls that we receive in winter regarding spiders is due to Redbacks being found in a child’s bedroom.
“What do we need to do prior to a spider treatment?”
The main concern for you is to identify those items you do not want any chemical spray to get on. Ensure that pet bowls (especially water bowls) are brought inside. Children’s toys should be gathered into the middle of the lawn as far away from any spider areas as possible and then covered with a drop sheet. It’s also important that you ensure your clothes are off of the clothesline, as this is an ideal forage area for spiders. Fish ponds must be fully covered, and we ask that you double cover the fish pond as fish do not appreciate the spider chemicals. As a general rule of thumb, anything you don’t want sprayed, should be covered or brought inside. If that’s not possible, just be sure to advise us when we arrive so that we can avoid the area concerned. If you have any edible vegetables, herb garden or fruit trees we ask that you cover them prior to our arrival.
“Will the spray ruin my plants and fruit trees?”
All the chemicals that we use are biodegradable. they will not have any effect on your plants or fruit trees. However, as a general rule of thumb, we do not spray in the areas where edible vegetables or fruit are found. We ask you cover them prior to our arrival.