What are spiders?
While it may be easy to slip up and mistake spiders for insects, they are actually better categorized as arachnids and are closely related to ticks. These pests are some of the most common home-invading pests and can be found all throughout the United States, including here in Texas.
Spiders have some characteristics that differentiate them from insects including:
They have no wings or antennae.
Spiders have eight legs rather than six.
They eat insects as their main source of food.
Even though it may be quite unpleasant to find spiders inside your home, they are actually helpful creatures when they're found out in nature as they help to keep the populations of insects at a reasonable level. When they invade our homes, however, they become much more harmful than they are helpful!
Are spiders dangerous?
Most spider species, such as the wolf spider, are not harmful to humans other than being a nuisance to deal with. When wolf spiders invade, the most you will need to worry about is their large, frightening appearance and a possible bite. Fortunately, wolf spider bites are not dangerous, despite the pain they cause. The real danger comes when poisonous arachnids such as black widow or brown recluse spiders find a way into your home. Bites from these spiders can cause major neurological or tissue damage, depending on the amount of venom injected and your sensitivity to the bite. If you suspect that you or someone you know has been bitten by a brown recluse or black widow spider, it is important to seek medical help immediately to make sure more severe reactions do not occur.
Why do I have a spider problem?
What many people do not know is, if you have a spider problem, chances are they’ve been hanging around for quite a while. Many spiders that are found on your property hatched there, or have lived there for most of their lives. When spiders come out of hiding to find a mate, you are more likely to spot them and discover an existing spider infestation. Sometimes spiders do come indoors, however, usually following their food source. If you have an existing insect problem in your home, spiders won’t be too far behind them. Once inside, they may forget how to get back out or choose to stay if there are plenty of insects to feed on.
Where will I find spiders?
You’ve probably heard the saying “they’re more scared of you than you are of them” in reference to spiders before, and it’s actually true! Most spiders actually prefer to stay away from areas with lots of human activity and are quite reclusive by nature. In fact, they would rather find a nice corner, attic, or shelf to hide in, away from the hustle and bustle of other creatures. When spiders invade your home, they may choose to hide in closets, high shelves, corners, attics, wall spaces, boxes, and any other place that keeps them hidden from your sight. Outdoors, spiders may be found under rocks, in logs, under sheds, and in trees.
How do I get rid of spiders?
Spiders can be difficult pests to handle on your own. They can even be dangerous if poisonous spiders like black widows or the brown recluse are involved. Handling spider infestations should always be left to the pest professionals here at It's Bugs Or Us®. Our team of licensed pest professionals knows how to keep spiders (and the insect pests they invade for) out of your home. Give us a call here at It's Bugs Or Us® to receive a professional pest control plan that will fit the needs of your home!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
One of the best ways to keep spiders out is to prevent the insect pests they hunt from invading your home and property. Unless spiders were already living on your property, most spiders won't choose to invade a home without food sources drawing them in. To accomplish this, try these preventative measures:
Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
Repair torn window screens.
Turn outdoor lights off at night to avoid attracting insects.
Clean your home regularly to remove dust and clear out areas where spiders may hide.
Knock down abandoned spider webs to discourage new spider invaders from setting up their own.
With a professional pest control plan from the professionals here at It's Bugs Or Us® in place for your property, you can have a pest free home in no time at all. Don’t let spiders keep spinning their webs in your home. Instead, reach out to us at It's Bugs Or Us® for effective spider control and prevention services for your home!
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