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Many people have an inherent fear of spiders making spiders a particular nuisance in the home.

They are attracted to warm, dark small spaces, like wall cracks, corners, air vents, and in the eaves of your home.

Some spider species prefer to stay closer to the outdoors, weaving their webs in your barn, garden or near your outside lighting. Most spiders are a nuisance primarily because of their webbing.

Schedule an inspection of your property by contacting us online or call 1-877-690-2115 to speak with a customer service agent.

Spider Fact: Did you know that spiders are not insects? Spiders are actually non-insect arthropods. Unlike insects, they have two major body regions instead of three.

Professional solutions for spider infestations

At Rentokil, we offer expert identification of your invading spider species and provide a professional service to control larger infestations.

For professional help with a spider infestation, call us today at 1-877-690-2115.


Spider bites are a real concern for parents of young children and families that keep pets.

Venomous spiders, in general, will typically not bite you unless they feel threatened or provoked. Most spider bites are not considered to be harmful to humans. 

Very few spider bites result in victims requiring urgent medical attention or treatment. However, North America does have a couple of spiders that can cause some real harm to animals and humans if bitten.

Spider bite symptoms & treatment

Most spider bites will have little effect on people but some species can cause a reaction due to the venom injected.

Most spider bites go unnoticed and cause no more than a mild reaction in people like inflammation of the skin, minor swelling and itching. Some spider bites however can lead to lots of pain, gangrene and even necrotic wounds.

Read more facts about the bites of the Black Widow and Brown Recluse spider:

Spider bites in Canada

Spider bites in Canada are extremely rare because the two major venomous spiders found in some parts of North America do not occur naturally here. However, they may come into the country on food or shipments of products. They include:

Black widow spider

Black Widow Spiders

Adult Black Widow spiders are not naturally aggressive towards people.

  • They only bite as a defensive measure if they feel threatened.
  • Most defensive bites to people occur when the spider is unintentionally squeezed or pinched.
  • Bites may result in localized pain, tingling and small swelling around the bite.
  • Occasionally more serious symptoms can occur but are usually an exceptional reaction of the individual to the spider’s venom.

Brown recluse spider

Brown recluse spider

They only bite when crushed, handled or disturbed. Both sexes are venomous.

  • Reactions to bites will vary - some people are unaffected, others may feel a pinprick, others a stinging sensation followed by intense pain.
  • Some people may not be aware of the bite for 2 to 8 hours.

Are you worried about spider bites?

Sometimes the best way to avoid a spider infestation is by keeping spiders away from your home or business.

If you have spotted signs of spiders in your home or business and want to avoid being bitten, we can offer professional treatments for complete removal of your problem.

Call Rentokil today at 1-877-690-2115 to discuss our spider control treatments.

Problems with spiders in your home

Thankfully, none of the species harmful to humans occur naturally in Canada. Globally, the Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spider are considered dangerous and can cause considerable medical concern. The bite of most spiders has little to no effect on people and are likened to a bee sting producing localized swelling at the site of the bite wound; while a few others are of minor medical importance.

Identifying spiders

Worldwide there are more than 35,000 species of spiders. Spiders span a wide range of sizes and colors, yet they are all easily recognizable by their eight legs. Spiders are often beneficial because they eat many types of insects, including those that are pests inside and outside of our structures.

The most common species of spiders that can be found entering your home are:

  • Common House Spider – spider most often encountered inside.
  • Sac Spiders – often pale yellow, grey, or green color; likely responsible for most indoor spider bites.
  • Wolf Spiders – large, “hairy”, and often mistaken for tarantula; leg span as much as 7.62cm. 
  • Cellar Spider – very long, thin legs; will rapidly shake its body on the web when disturbed.

How to keep spiders away

Spiders usually enter homes in the autumn due to their search for a warm place to spend the winter. The following is a list that can help to prevent and get rid of spider problems in and around your home:

  • Use lighting in a way that is less attractive to the insects that spiders feed on.
  • Remove noticeable webs.
  • Vacuum regularly.
  • Remove sheltering sites like firewood piles and compost piles from near your home.
  • Fill in gaps in walls and under doors to deter entry.

How to get rid of spiders

Although many homeowners attempt getting control with do it yourself spider control remedies the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can easily become large problems and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional.

At Rentokil Pest Control, we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. We are always available for any emergency pest concerns that may develop and all appointments are scheduled at times that suit your schedule, not ours.

Call Rentokil at 1-877-690-2115 for further spider advice or use our online contact form to arrange a visit by an expert, licensed, Rentokil technician.

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