Ortho Home Defense, about $7.00 a gal (lasts a long time) at Home Depot. It
comes with a sprayer, can be used indoors or out and doesn't stain wall
paper or fabrics. I spray it around the baseboards in the house and garage
about twice a year. Haven't seen a critter since I started using it. RM~
If the spiders at that bothersome, at the end of the day spray all
along the baseboards and underneath cabinets, equipment, etc--most
will be dead by the following day. Keep in mind that the spiders are
generally a good thing--feeding on earwigs, roaches, flies, Asian
ladybugs, etc. Also, sweep the shop floor at the end of the day.
I don't mind the spiders so much, but my shop is on the same floor as
my basement, and the wife and 3 daughters scream everytime they see a
wolf spider, and they get pretty big at my place. Here's a picture of
one I found before we finished the basement. I thought he was the
exception, but I've killed about 5 others this size at the place:
Wolf spiders are stalkers. The web types, which the OP seems to have
implied with his "sawdust" reference, would feed on the mobile stuff.
No consolation to his wife, I'm sure, but the big ones help control mice.
Reminds me - time to set traps. Getting cold outside, and mice, like
spiders, will find a way in.
Her response would be that a bug guy would get rid of all of it. Thats
a big spider though. Anything smaller than a quarter I can see your
point, but when it gets that big and I'm worried about it jamming my
motors if it gets in it, I kill it :). You can see a quarter next to
the thing that I threw next to it for scale.
If you leave them alone they will grow up to be dust bunnies, and even later
they will become tumbleweeds. At that point you just open the door turn on
the old leaf blower and out they go
On the other hand, if the wife is handy at this stage she can make small
baskets out of them, and sell them for profit .Perhaps she could be
persuaded to plough some of those profits back into the shop as new
equipment, just a thought......mjh
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