10-20-09: North Carolinians Encouraged to Remember that Spiders Are Not Just Found on Halloween Decorations

State Pest Management Association says fall is when spiders begin looking for places to pass winter

Raleigh, N.C. – With Halloween just around the corner, plenty of creepy, crawly spiders can be seen everywhere—and not just in festive, seasonal decorations.  While spiders can be found in homes and businesses, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) today reminded citizens of the proper ways to prevent these unwanted guests in areas around their homes.

“As summer ends, and we welcome the start of fall, it is important for people to remember that this is the time of year when spiders begin looking for a place to spend the winter and that can mean the pests find cozy places in garages and around outdoor lights,” said Burns Blackwell of Terminix Company in Greensboro and a board member of the NCPMA.  “The North Carolina Pest Management Association’s member companies receive many calls during this time of year asking for technicians to help identify spiders.  While our members can treat spiders and other pests, there are several things people can do themselves to prevent the pests from becoming a burden.”

NCPMA offers the following tips for dealing with spiders:

  • Properly store clothing. Don’t leave clothing lying on a floor.  Hang it up or keep it in a plastic container.  Shake out any clothing that has been on a floor or in a hamper before wearing.
  • Wear gloves or protective clothing when gardening and moving pieces of wood.  Raking leaves and winterizing your garden is a popular activity this time of year, so make sure to wear gloves and long pants and sleeves to protect against spiders hiding in leaves and foliage.  Also, spiders like to hide in woodpiles and pieces of wood, so be careful when picking up pieces of wood. 
  • Check clothes for insects and spiders when return indoors.
  • Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free.
  • Consult a professional.  Get your home inspected regularly by a qualified, licensed pest professional.  Your pest professional can recommend steps you can take to make sure your home stays pest-free.  Visit www.ncpestmanagement.org to find a pest professional in your area.

The NCPMA’s members receive regular training on how to prevent and treat all pests, including spiders.

“Most often, the spiders people encounter are not dangerous,” said Lee Smith, a board member of the NCPMA.  “However, our association encourages any person who feels they may have a problem with spiders in or around their homes to contact a professional pest management company as soon as possible to assess the situation.  All of the association’s member companies are trained and available to deal with spiders.”

About the NCPMA

Founded in 1952, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA), is the trade association representing the professional pest management industry in North Carolina. NCPMA promotes the continued cooperation and success of all pest management businesses in North Carolina.  Formerly, the North Carolina Pest Control Association, NCPMA is the only statewide association dedicated to representing and educating North Carolina’s pest management professionals. 

To learn more about NCPMA, please visit its Web site at:  www.ncpestmanagement.org.



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