What are spiders?
Spiders are arachnids and related to ticks, mites, and scorpions. They are eco-important predators that help reduce nuisance insects throughout Texas, and anywhere else they call home. Unfortunately for us, they often make our properties into their homes. Like rodents and ants, spiders are common household pests and can find their way onto any property that offers them shelter and access to insect prey.
Are spiders dangerous?
In our area of Texas, the black widow spider is the species that is the most dangerous to people. They are shiny black spiders with an identifying reddish hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen. If a black widow spider were to bite a person, they have venom powerful enough to attack the nervous system and cause symptoms that require medical attention.
Fourtuneltly most spiders in our area, like jumping spiders, daddy long legs, and wolf spiders, are harmless to people.
Though nuisance spiders may not have venom strong enough to harm a person, that doesn’t mean we should allow them to have free reign of our yards and homes. The presence of spiders in large numbers is a strong indicator of an overall pest problem on your property that you need to address.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Spiders hunt other living creatures — mainly insects and other spiders. Like any other predator, spiders only live successfully in places with food for them to eat.
Things in our yards that attract insects and then the hungry spiders that like to hunt them include:
- Dense landscaping and tall grass
- Open trash cans and compost bins
- Standing water
Where will I find spiders?
Spiders are naturally shy and reclusive. They prefer to live in dark, quiet areas. Places we regularly find spiders include:
- Areas of dense vegetation
- Woodpiles, rock piles, and brush piles
- Trees, tall grass, and weeds
- Outdoor light fixtures
- Roof eaves
- Decks and porch steps
- Shutters and siding
Spiders usually prefer to live outside, but we often see them in our homes after following their insect prey indoors. Once inside, if they discover that our homes offer them a comfortable place to take shelter and insects to fill their bellies, they will stay until the food runs out or they are forced to leave.
How do I get rid of spiders?
There is no need to have large numbers of spiders living in your indoor or outdoor spaces. Our certified professionals at Bugworks Termite & Pest Control will partner with you and ensure you receive the most effective McAllen pest control services possible. We know the specific species of spiders that call our area of Texas home, where they like to hide, and how to remove them.
Let us provide you with the highest quality home pest control services possible and solve your property’s pest problems once and for all! To learn more about ridding your property of spiders through our residential or commercial pest control services, reach out to us today!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
Use the following prevention tips in conjunction with professional pest control services to make your property less attractive to opportunistic spiders.
- Seal cracks that have developed in your foundation.
- Repair damaged siding and roof shingles.
- Regularly inspect your windows for damaged weatherstripping, torn screens, or loose frames.
- Avoid attracting a spider’s insect prey to your home by keeping lids on trash cans, removing areas of standing water, and keeping outdoor lights off as much as possible.
- Cut back shrubs, bushes, and trees from your home’s exterior walls and roofline.
Contact Bugworks Termite & Pest Control if you have any questions or to learn more about the services we offer.
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