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Spider Identification & Prevention

What are spiders?

Spiders are a type of arachnid, like scorpions, ticks, and mites. They are also a common sight in our Houston yards and homes. Spiders, though unwanted where we live, are an essential part of the ecosystem as their carnivorous feeding habits control populations of insects.

Spiders in your home are easy for most to identify because of their unique appearance. They have six to eight eyes, eight legs, and two body segments. All spiders lack wings and antennae but produce silk. These leggy critters use spider silk to make webs and tethers and as a way to wrap up their prey.

Are spiders dangerous?

The answer to the question, "Are spiders dangerous?", is sometimes. Most of the spiders you will find in your yard or that make their way into your home are harmless.

All spiders produce venom that they inject through their fang-like mouthparts. They use their venom to paralyze their insect prey, but only a couple have venom potent enough to harm a person. Unfortunately for Houston residents, dangerous spiders do live in our region.

Dangerous or harmless, spiders are reclusive creatures that prefer to stay out of people's way. The answer to the question, "Are spiders afraid of humans?", would be yes! Spiders don't want to be near us, just as much as we don't want to be near them. Spider bites typically occur as a means of defense, usually to stop from being squished or otherwise harmed.

If you are ever concerned about the type of spider on your property and want to know if it is dangerous, reach out to us at The Bugstoppers.

Why do I have a spider problem?

If you are experiencing problems with spiders, it is likely because there are other pest issues on your property. Spiders are predators and spend their time in areas close to their insect prey. Our yards, gardens, outdoor structures, trash cans, and outdoor eating areas attract insects and hungry spiders.

Where will I find spiders?

You are most likely to find spiders living outside, where they have the most access to food, water, and shelter. However, they also find their way into our homes, not because they want to live inside with us, but because their insect prey does. Insects like flies, cockroaches, and ants move indoors to escape harsh weather conditions or because there is a lack of food or water outside. 

Spiders will also sometimes move indoors, seeking a dark, dry spot to lay their eggs. Inside your home, you are most likely to spot spiders in corners, around windows and doors, in closets, and in any dark, quiet space.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Here at The Bugstoppers, we have a solution for every pest problem, including spiders. If spiders have suddenly begun to flourish in your Houston yard or have found their way into your home, we are here to help!

Our professionals will get your current infestation under control or offer the preventative pest control services necessary to prevent problems with spiders and other common household pests. We are committed to our customers and performing the residential and commercial pest control services property owners can count on in order to maintain pest-free properties.

To learn more about spider control in Houston, contact us at The Bugstoppers today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Use the following tips to make your property less appealing to opportunistic spiders and to keep them from entering your home.

  • Maintain your yard by keeping the grass cut short and gardens well maintained.
  • Cut back shrubbery and other landscaping from your home's exterior.
  • Reduce insect activity by eliminating areas of standing water and keeping lids on trash cans.
  • Seal openings around pipes and wires entering your home and exterior light fixtures.
  • Make sure screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps are intact.

The best prevention tip is to partner with us here at The Bugstoppers; call today to get started removing unwanted spiders from your property!

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