Not to stray from the spider thread, but I was referring to outdoor snakes. Too many people, probably influenced by the Old Testiment, think snakes should be killed on sight. Like all living creatures, except fire ants, they have a valuable contribution to make.
We moved to Indianapolis this past January so I haven't had to deal with spiders in the house yet. Though I did see a pretty big one in the garage on the day we moved in. Anyway, any recommendations on what type spray to use?
I'm not sure about Chlordane, but manufacturers quit making and selling Diazinon voluntarily. It was never banned or made illegal. You are free to use up existing quantities. There are replacements out. I'm not sure how effective they are, but I haven't heard any complaints.
Welcome to Indiana Darren. As I said above, I haven't used any of the new all purpose bug sprays, but I haven't heard anything bad about them either. Lowes sells a product called Bug-B-Gone that they advertise as a Diazinon replacement. I would try that. Buy the concentrate and mix it in a gallon pump sprayer dedicated to bug spray. The bottle should have mixing instructions for spiders. It is probably more potent than for plant insects like aphids or beetles.
That's a very nice picture. I remember finding that same pictures years ago.
I really like some spiders. I've had a good history of spiders in my house. A few long stories short, when I was a kid I noticed a web between my wall and the bed post just below my head. I was going to knock it down and squash its occupant but noticed the web was dotted with fleas from the dog. Good spider! Another lived near my kitchen sink and I'd have to clean up the bug corpses often. Another good spider. People can laugh if they want, but when he died he got a buriel in the backyard. When my landlady painted the house she killed my lengend of spiders that live all around the outside of the house and my pest problem increased like you wouldn't believe. Just plan old house spiders on the outside are capable of taking down wasps with ease. Amazing insects, really.
i lve just outside of philly, i never see any spiders that are wider then a cup. the ones i see are no bigger then maybe a fifty cent piece, scoop'em into a cup put a piece of paper on top and toss out the front door.
I have a few spider stories. I remember a few years ago just before October (one of my favorite months) one of those beautiful large yellow/black writing spiders set up house just outside my big front window with a huge (and lucritive for him) web between my overgrown hedge and the window. I watched it everyday and felt it would add a lot to the month of October at my house. Before October 1st even got there I looked at the web one day and there was a huge hole in it. Whatever he caught didn't want to be caught I guess. Big juicy snack for a bird is my guess. I was PO'd to say the least. Birds were on my hit list for a little while after that. I haven't seen that type of spider in my yard since. I guess word got around.