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What is something you have always been scared of? Some people are scared of heights. Others cannot be in the same room with someone who is bleeding. One thing many people are afraid of is spiders. The question is, are these pests something that should be feared? We are here today to answer this question for you and to take a close look into wolf spiders which are some of the most common property-invading arachnids in our area.

close up view of a wolf spider outside

The Danger Of Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are among some of the more dangerous-looking spiders in our area. These pests’ larger bodies and tarantula-like appearance make them seem threatening and aggressive. Thankfully, they are not nearly as dangerous as they look. A wolf spider does bite but does not have venom powerful enough to cause any major symptoms. 

Which Spiders Are Dangerous?

All spiders are venomous, however, not all spiders pose a serious risk to human health. In fact, most spiders that live in Fort Worth pose no threat at all. The two arachnids you should be seriously worried about are black widows and brown recluses. A bite from one of these pests is extremely painful and comes with a list of side effects including stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, excessive sweating, and swelling. In order to avoid black widows and brown recluses, we recommend that you do your research and learn how to identify these pests.

Where Wolf Spiders Live

Wolf spiders are found in moist, dark, secluded areas. Outside, these pests hide under rocks, in tall grass, inside shrubbery, and near sources of running water. Inside homes and businesses, you are likely to find wolf spiders hiding behind doors, in the backs of closets, around house plants, and beneath the furniture. 

How Spiders Get Into Homes & Businesses

Spiders are generally small pests and do not require much space to squeeze their way into a home or business. Most often, spiders crawl inside through gaps and cracks in exterior foundations, spacing around window/door screens, and through holes/damage in weatherstripping, screening, and door sweeps. These pests will also wander in through unscreened doors and windows that are left open.

Ten Prevention Tips For Spiders

To prevent spiders you have to also prevent the prey they invade to hunt. Keeping this in mind, here are ten great general prevention tips every property owner in Fort Worth should know:

  1. Identify holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation. Seal off these entry points using a caulking gun.

  2. Repair damage to window/door screens.

  3. Make sure your gutters are in good working order.

  4. Address problems with weatherstripping and door sweeps. 

  5. Fix leaky piping and fixtures around your property.

  6. Eliminate sources of water buildup.

  7. Use a dehumidifier indoors.

  8. Keep indoor and outdoor areas clean and as tidy as possible.

  9. Store leftover food inside air-tight containers.

  10. Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

A Simple Solution To Spiders

The simplest answer to spider problems is to hire a professional and have them implement spider control solutions around your property. At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we offer a range of affordable plans designed to eliminate, track, and prevent dangerous pests like spiders. Our eco-friendly treatments are not just safe for you and the environment but are also effective at solving pest pressures in the Fort Worth area. Contact our team today to talk to one of our friendly service technicians. They will walk you through your options, answer any questions you might have, and get you on the road to a pest-free property.

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