I live down the road from you in tucker and wanted to get your advice on what to spray or do to eliminate a repeat infestation of tiny spiders. I have been knocking away their webs with a broom for a couple of years but they don’t get the hint.. They are pretty well isolated to one or two areas and they are at the ceiling level of the basement near a light fixture and the A/C duct work. I’ve been reluctant to spray anything due to the fact that my cat hangs out in the basement a couple of hours a day. Any ideas? – the spiders are tiny, about the size of a grain of salt.
If you’re not treating around the outside of your home a regular basis with some kind of residual, it’s highly likely you’ll get some kind of perimeter invader. One of the common invaders are in fact spiders. As spring turns to summer, the newly born young will forage out and that’s when they’ll infiltrate unprotected homes. It sounds like you have outside foraging spiders getting inside which in turn will cause the inside infestation.
Now that you’ve got them, I recommend using the Phantom Aerosol. This odorless formulation is ideal for use in the home because it has a unique design that won’t make a mess when applied properly. I use it in my home all the time and can do so even though I have nothing but hardwood floors. A light misting is all that’s needed and you can use it up on the ceiling where you’re finding the activity as well. I actually get my problems mostly around the baseboard but the Phantom handles them easily. I’ve found the treatments will last 1-2 months and Phantom will handle all the common pests we have in the region. In most years I only have to treat 2-3 times a year and we remain pest free. I suggest you treat these key areas with the Phantom along with locations where you think they might be entering.
Ultimately treating the outside will prove more productive. Using a good residual like BIFEN can be quite helpful in preventing anything from entering the home and again, you’ll want to do this 3-5 times a year here in GA to keep out the normal perimeter invaders like ants, roaches, crickets, spiders, etc out of the home.
Regarding the safe use of these products; both are safe for use in and around the home when used properly. We have “safety videos” at the bottom of each product page which covers all the practical information you need to know regarding the proper handling, use and storage of our products and I suggest you review them too.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Phantom Aerosol: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-phantom-17-5oz