What are spiders?
Spiders are the creepy critters that many people fear. This fear may be due to their many legs, eight in total, carnivorous diets, or venomous fangs. However, as you will learn below, most Houston spiders are not a threat to people but are actually helpful as they control populations of other pests, including those that pose threats and health concerns.
Are spiders dangerous?
Most spider species are not dangerous. Although all spiders have fangs and venom, only two species in North America are considered medically dangerous, the black widow and brown recluse, both of which are in Texas, so it is important to familiarize yourself with these pests. It is also important to note that even spiders not considered medically dangerous can severely affect people who are allergic to their venom. Because of this, you should always monitor symptoms after being bitten by a spider and seek medical attention if necessary.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Did you know some spiders spend their lives indoors, never making it outside? They are referred to as house spiders because they are most often the spiders you see in your home. However, while they prefer to be outside, other species will wander in occasionally, looking for food.
If you have spiders thriving in your home, you likely have other pest issues. As mentioned above, spiders are predators, so they are attracted to places where prey pests are.
Where will I find spiders?
Believe it or not, spiders like to stay away from people as much as we want to keep our distance from them. Most, if not all, spider species you will encounter are not aggressive and instead are shy, so they look for quiet and protected places to hide. Some areas of your home where you may find spiders are window frames, closets, under furniture, corners of rooms, basements, attics, garages, sheds, and other outbuildings.
How do I get rid of spiders?
Having spiders in your home can be unsettling and should not be tolerated. The best way to eliminate these pests and keep them from becoming a problem again is with ongoing professional pest control in Houston.
At Texas Termite Terminators, we protect your property from pests like spiders through our residential pest control services. We perform these services quarterly, providing year-round peace of mind. When you start with our trained technicians, you will receive a free inspection to help determine what pest pressures you are experiencing. This inspection is essential as it allows your technicians to identify active pests, conducive conditions, and harborage areas, which they need to understand in order to implement the most effective treatments.
Contact Texas Termite Terminators to hear more about our residential pest control services and schedule your free inspection.
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
No one wants spiders on their property, so along with ongoing home and commercial pest control services, you can do the following to make your property a less attractive place to spiders and their prey pests:
- Remove entryways by inspecting and fixing cracks in the foundation of your house, damaged or missing screens, doors and windows that need weatherstripping, and other weaknesses such as uncovered vents.
- Ensure that your property doesn’t have excess moisture by removing organic debris from your yard, keeping gutters from getting clogged, repairing leaks, fixing poor ventilation, and using dehumidifiers when necessary.
- Keep your home free of the food sources that attract prey pests, including crumbs and food debris, garbage cans with poor fitting lids, and improperly stored food.
Want more tips on how to keep spiders out of your home? Call us at Texas Termite Terminator for all the information and answers you need to keep their pest away!