An aggressive, nocturnal hunter, the White Tail spider has a dark reddish to gray, cigar-shaped body and dark orange-brown banded legs (males about 12mm, females up to 18mm long) They are prolific breeders and do not make webs.
White Tails eat other spiders (Daddy Long-legs etc.) IF YOUR HOME HAS A LOT OF COBWEBS, IT IS A VERY ATTRACTIVE PLACE FOR A WHITE TAIL TO LIVE (like a ringing dinner-bell!) When a White Tail eats another spider it ingests the poison from that spider. The more spiders they eat, the bigger, more venomous and more dangerous they become to you and your family.
White Tails love curtains and crawl up valances and under duvets. That's why people get bitten in bed. They are commonly found hiding from the light in places such as piles of clothes left on the floor.
White Tails will proactively enter a home and nest inside, feeding on other spiders. People can also unwittingly bring White Tails into their homes in baskets of firewood and other such methods.
White Tail spider bites can cause welts and blisters in humans, along with burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness in the bitten area. Bites can lead to skin ulceration, known medically as necrotizing arachnidism. If a person has an allergic reaction to White Tail venom the consequences can become extremely serious, including loss of limbs and organ damage.
Spider proofing your home inside and out is the best way to protect you and your family from White Tail spiders.
Ant infestations are a source of nuisance and misery for many home owners in the top of the South Island. There are two main ant species in this region. These are the White-footed black ant, commonly found around many homes in the region, and the Argentine ant. Both produce multiple queens and create multiple nests. Left unchecked, either species has the ability to overrun a property, however the Argentine ant is by far the bigger problem of the two.
White-footed ants are more passive in their behaviour in that they will go about their business in a methodical way and will quickly run for cover when disturbed in their work. They will often nest in walls and forage in houses for water and food, particularly sweet or protein-rich items (such as meat.) They also contaminate food items and are able to get into jars by walking around threaded tops and also into Tupperware.
Argentine ants share many of the same behaviours and nesting preferences with a few key differences. They are aggressive in nature and will run onto and attack a foreign presence rather than scatter. Argentine ants are known to bite and will swarm and attack people in their homes and gardens. They also breed faster and spread quicker over a property than the White-footed ant, eventually eradicating all competing ant species and other insects from an area. As well as upsetting natural balance by decimating all insects where they are present, these ants also cause significant harm to native bird species by climbing into nests and attacking the helpless chicks, frequently eating their eyes.
Ants will eat just about anything containing moisture and protein. Animal carcasses, dog faeces and rotten/spoiled food are popular menu options. Their fondness for carrion, biological waste and rubbish means ants can spread harmful bacteria and diseases throughout your home.
Professional ant control treatment is necessary to eliminate ants from your home and section. Ant control work is a specialised area of pest control requiring additional training by leading industry facilitators. Spiderban Nelson technicians are qualified and experienced in the field of ant control and will provide an effective solution to your ant problems.
The common house fly is medium size, generally gray in color and the female is larger than the male. As well as being a general annoyance, flies can mark your walls, ceilings and furnishings with unsightly fly-spots. The house fly and other types of "filth flies" are also important for their potential to harm humans and animals. House flies, for example, can spread diseases such as food poisoning and dysentery. Flies, including stable flies and mosquitoes can inflict painful bites while feeding on the blood of humans and other animals, and some species transmit disease. The habits of filth flies favor the spread of bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Filth flies often feed and lay eggs on garbage, manure and carrion before contaminating human foods and food preparation surfaces by landing on them. When feeding, house flies regurgitate their stomach contents onto food to liquefy it before ingesting it. They also may contaminate food and surfaces by defecating on them.
Cluster flies can present the home owner with a confronting and seemingly overwhelming problem. In some cases the sheer volume of flies present can render sections of a property uninhabitable. A professional fly control solution will get this mass of flies under control so that the flies will no longer be a problem in the treated area.
Having flies in your home can expose you and your family to dangerous bacteria and disease. Professionally applied fly treatment is the best way to protect your living environment from flies.
Rodents are destructive to your home and business. Many rodents chew through wires, which can cause electrical fire. They also tear apart insulation to create nests inside walls and in the dark recesses of your ceiling cavity. Due to their unsanitary living and nesting practices, rodents can pose a serious health risk if you do not eliminate them as quickly as possible. For businesses, the presence of rats and mice in and around the premises can be a big problem requiring urgent attention, particularly in the food service industry.
Spiderban Nelson can set up and monitor a professional rodent control program for your home or business.
Cockroaches have earned a notorious reputation for being tough to kill and control. They are known as a filthy pest which, left unchecked, can spread quickly throughout a home or business. Due to their feeding and nesting habits cockroaches can transmit a wide range of harmful bacteria. These include Salmonella, Listeria, E.Coli and Campylobacter, all of which can cause serious illness. For a business, a cockroach problem can create a significant health and safety issue for employees and customers, particularly in the food service industry.
Spiderban Nelson can professionally eliminate, or monitor and control, cockroaches in your home or business.
Wasps are a dangerous pest found commonly around many homes and businesses. They harm our invertebrates and birds and will attack people. They nest in plants or on any corner of the house, garage and trees. Favourite nesting sites include roof-spaces and veranda/pagoda framing. A wasp uses it's sting for killing prey, but it can also use it very effectively for defending itself. People are often stung when they accidentally disturb a nest and the wasps, feeling threatened, swarm to attack. The sting has associated glands that produce venom which makes it very painful. Multiple stings or allergy to the venom can make a person sick.
Active wasp nests pose a real threat of harm to any person close by. They should be eradicated thoroughly and safely by a professional pest control technician.
Silverfish are small, soft insects without wings. They are not often seen by homeowners because they are nocturnal and can run very swiftly. They prefer, moderate temperature places such as basements, laundry rooms and under sinks. Occasionally you can find them in bath tubs, seeking food or moisture. They prefer vegetable matter, however they will eat almost anything such as dried beef, flour, starch, gum, glue, cotton, linen, rayon, silk, sugar, molds, breakfast cereals, wall paper paste, books and papers.
A targeted, professional treatment is recommended to control silverfish in your home.