WICHITA, Kansas – The brown recluse spider is invading some homes with a vengeance.
“We’ve had fairly reasonable moisture this year the moisture helps with egg survival,” said Kent Foley, Arrest a Pest.
It is one of the several reasons why Foley is busy. As the president of Arrest a Pest, he says this year is worse than others.
“The last what, 15 years we’ve not had those really cold temps to penetrate those egg sacs so we have more spiders surviving that would have been killed out by the natural temperatures.”
So far, this summer has been a hot one. It is making a popular spider hangout, the attic, extra hot.
“So what it’ll do is it’ll come out of the attic and drop down into the living quarters and that’s why we get a lot of phone calls in August, September and October because those spiders are moving because of uncomfortable living conditions.”
A powder made from ground up algae is dusted in small cracks and crevices inside while the outside gets a heavy-duty spray.
“If I come back here three months from now, and I have to treat this house again, and I have webs in this area, it tells me I’ve missed something here.”
Kent makes sure he cleans up what gets left.
“The brown recluse spider, if given the choice between live and dead, 80 percent of the time will take the dead over the live, it doesn’t have to expend energy to kill it.”
Sticky paper or boards will get some spiders but not all.
As female spiders rarely move more than six inches away from their egg sacs, the best method to get rid of spiders is to call a professional.