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Question DetailsAsked on 9/10/2017

How do I get ride of black widow spiders in my storage units before I move and put the furniture in my house

Help! I'm scared to move my furniture out of my storage units into my new home because when I moved out of our other house I found 2 black widow nests in the basement and several in the garage. I tried to get rid of them but know I didn't get all of them. I don't know what to do. Thanks so much.

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Generally, storage unit owners do not allow gassing insects in the unit because of contamination risk to other people's property, plus the building would have to be locked and inaccessible for several days.


Killing the spiders is not too tough, killing the eggs is the problem. Ways it has been done - putting all the possessions in a rented conex in your drive and having that fumigated (gassed) by a Pest Control contractor - test have shown it takes about 1.7-2 times thje dosage used for termites to kill spiders, and more like 10 times the dosage of fumigant to kill all the eggs - and the exposure time has to be about twice as long because the egg silk is resistant to gas penetration. Then after the roughly a week waiting period air out and move the goods into the house.


Otherwise, the old-school way is to carefully, with long sleevers, pants tucked into long socks, thick gloves, unpack EVERYTHING in the drive (as clear of the house as possible) item by item before you bring it into the house, shaking everything out, vacuuming all openings and crevices, and wiping out all crevices and all drawers and the undersides of all furniture and cases and such to wipe up the eggs. (Up under furniture and open-web items like cane/woven laundry baskets are favorite egg laying spots). And preferably with someone keeping a second eye out for any moving spiders during this process.


And after vacuuming (a strong shop vac is best), if going to do more another day, taping over the end of the hose or hose opening to keep any spiders from escaping - then when done with all the items, empty the vacuum and clean out the inside well into garbage bag which you then tie and immediately take outside to the tightly lidded garbage can. Do NOT just leave in the vacuum - spiders can crawl out, and when eggs hatch the babies can get out too.


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