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#115904 11-Apr-2013 10:16
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Hi folks,

We live in a 1950s brick and tile home in West Auckland. There are lots and lots of spiders around the property i.e. inside the dwelling as well as in the under house laundary, garage, and outdoor car ports, deck area etc.

Is professional Pest control our only way out or can we do any good DIY spider control?

If you recommend professiona pest control then do you think those grab one deal coupon pest controls are good enough? Any personal experiences please?

I am more keen on a good DIY solution that some of you might have already tried and were sucessful at.

Please share your thoughts.

Many thanks

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  #797627 11-Apr-2013 10:20
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Get yourself some 'Ripcord" or similar from the local hardware shop and go for broke with a garden sprayer.




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  #797640 11-Apr-2013 10:24
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scuwp: Get yourself some 'Ripcord" or similar from the local hardware shop and go for broke with a garden sprayer.


Thanks, that looks like an easy enough solution to do it myself. I believe all the instructions on mixture ratio / procedure etc. would be on the pack itself?

 
 
 
 


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  #797648 11-Apr-2013 10:35
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Give DIY a go, if that doesn't work get a guy in. For example I used the DIY stuff for grass grub, but it didn't work, so I got an expert in and it took him two goes with two different chemicals.

Wellington people can use this guy, who's excellent, probably the country expert with a masters in pest control. He's gotten rid of borer and grass grub for me. Surprisingly reasonable prices as well.

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  #797655 11-Apr-2013 10:43
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For spiders, just get in there with a hose and broom and wash/sweep all the webs away.

A few will come back but the majority will scatter into the local surroundings.

I've done this a few times with good success.  You need to do it every so often just to keep numbers down. You'll probably find a lot of the webs are uninhabited anyway.

Also they like shady areas best.  Try trimming some hedges/trees to get more sunlight into the property (if that's a problem).



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  #797663 11-Apr-2013 10:49
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ubergeeknz: For spiders, just get in there with a hose and broom and wash/sweep all the webs away.

A few will come back but the majority will scatter into the local surroundings.

I've done this a few times with good success.  You need to do it every so often just to keep numbers down. You'll probably find a lot of the webs are uninhabited anyway.

Also they like shady areas best.  Try trimming some hedges/trees to get more sunlight into the property (if that's a problem).

Thanks but that's not really solution because they come back very frequently. We have seen plenty of them very active in the property.

Sun is not a problem at all, we have plenty of it when it's sunny but ofcourse, sun itself wouldn't be coming out as much in the upcoming autumn and winter weather.



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  #797665 11-Apr-2013 10:52
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timmmay: Give DIY a go, if that doesn't work get a guy in. For example I used the DIY stuff for grass grub, but it didn't work, so I got an expert in and it took him two goes with two different chemicals.

Wellington people can use this guy, who's excellent, probably the country expert with a masters in pest control. He's gotten rid of borer and grass grub for me. Surprisingly reasonable prices as well.


Thanks, I will probably try DIY first indeed.

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  #797667 11-Apr-2013 10:58
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ankit816:
scuwp: Get yourself some 'Ripcord" or similar from the local hardware shop and go for broke with a garden sprayer.


Thanks, that looks like an easy enough solution to do it myself. I believe all the instructions on mixture ratio / procedure etc. would be on the pack itself?


Ripcord is good stuff, its the same substance the professionals use, basically a long lasting pyrethroid. Spray it under the eves and places that don't get rained on and it will last all season. Any creeepy-crawlies that touch it will then die.

 
 
 
 




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  #797668 11-Apr-2013 10:59
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BlueShift:
ankit816:
scuwp: Get yourself some 'Ripcord" or similar from the local hardware shop and go for broke with a garden sprayer.


Thanks, that looks like an easy enough solution to do it myself. I believe all the instructions on mixture ratio / procedure etc. would be on the pack itself?


Ripcord is good stuff, its the same substance the professionals use, basically a long lasting pyrethroid. Spray it under the eves and places that don't get rained on and it will last all season. Any creeepy-crawlies that touch it will then die.


Many thanks, I should give it a go.

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  #797708 11-Apr-2013 12:13
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Just pay attention to the directions and saftey warnings !



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  #797713 11-Apr-2013 12:27
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Gooseybhai: Just pay attention to the directions and saftey warnings !


Sure, thanks :)

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  #797766 11-Apr-2013 13:41
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I would be very surprised if you can buy ripcord from a DYI store.

There a very strict regulations for stocking/sales of the product.

Years ago, farmlands stocked it (may still do) but be prepared for questions and/or refusal to sell to you.

If a person is licensed, not a problem.

Fantastic product and used by many professional? spray companies. 

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  #797769 11-Apr-2013 13:44
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I purchased some Ripcord from Mitre10 at Xmas time.




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  #797771 11-Apr-2013 13:45
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springheal: I would be very surprised if you can buy ripcord from a DYI store.

There a very strict regulations for stocking/sales of the product.

Years ago, farmlands stocked it (may still do) but be prepared for questions and/or refusal to sell to you.

If a person is licensed, not a problem.

Fantastic product and used by many professional? spray companies. 


Mitre10 has it, it's listed on website.

Can't say if they will stop me from buying it, will discover on the weekend :D



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  #797773 11-Apr-2013 13:46
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RedJungle: I purchased some Ripcord from Mitre10 at Xmas time.


Assuming you are not licensed, I should be able to buy it then.

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  #797776 11-Apr-2013 13:49
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Ah yes, I remember now. It's not the original ripcord that is used commercially. Thanks for jogging my memory re mitre 10. Mitre 10's version is a weakened recipe compared to the original.

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