Spiders seeking warm winter homes keep pest control expert busy

With winter coming, all kinds of bugs and critters are looking for warm winter homes.

Calls about spider infestations on the rise in Calgary this fall

A giant house spider is shown in this undated handout photo. (Royal B.C. Museum/Canadian Press)

All kinds of bugs and critters are looking for warm homes with winter coming, and it has pest control companies in Calgary busy trying to stop them from moving into people’s houses.

Nicholas Holland, who owns Peregrine General Pest Control, says calls about spiders in particular have spiked with 160 so far this fall.

Nicholas Holland, who owns Peregrine General Pest Control, says calls about spiders have spiked this fall. (CBC)

"Spiders get into people’s homes, and into people's houses and in the bedrooms,” he said.

The majority of spiders in Calgary are harmless, with most of the cases involving daddy long legs, he said.

“But of course you get the calls for the black widows and other types of spiders."

Holland said has seen some serious spider infestations this year.

"And it's not just one or two cobwebs. It's crazy amounts of cobwebs, and so that's when we get the calls and people just want to make sure they can sit in the garden, have a barbecue, relax and enjoy themselves."

The simplest way to avoid getting caught in a web of spiders is by keeping your house clean, Holland said.

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