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Plano, Texas is home to a variety of spiders. Luckily most of the spiders in this area are not considered harmful to humans. Whether the spiders are harmful or not, you still don't want to see one walking around your home. If you are suddenly starting to see a lot of spiders in your house, you may need the help of an experienced Plano pest control specialist to get rid of them. At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we know how to identify and eliminate dangerous spiders from your home.

How Can I Tell What Kind Of Spiders Are In My House?

There are several types of spiders in Plano. However, only two of them are considered dangerous. Here is a look at some of the most common types of spiders that you may likely find in your home:

  • Brown recluse: The brown recluse is one of the most poisonous spiders on this list. When fully grown, this brown spider is about the size of a quarter. The brown recluse has a light brown, thin body with thin legs. It is easy to identify because it has a dark marking on its back in the shape of a violin.
  • Black widow: The black widow spider is the other dangerous spider on this list. Only the female black widows will inject dangerous venom when they bite. The female black widow has a shiny black body with a bright red or reddish-orange marking on its abdomen in the shape of an hourglass,
  • Common house spider: True to its name, the common house spider is one of the most common spiders found in Plano homes. They usually have some combination of brown, gray, and tan colors on their bodies. However, the female house spider tends to have more of a yellowish-colored body. While these spiders can bite you, their venom is non-toxic and will usually only lead to minor itching and swelling, which should subside in a few days.
  • Carolina wolf spider: This type of spider looks scary, but it is not aggressive. They usually have brownish-black and gray bodies covered in fine hairs. They are not great climbers; you'll find them close to the ground, hiding under rocks, piles of wood, or other debris. Like most spiders, they can bite people. However, their venom is not poisonous to humans.
  • Cellar spider: Also referred to as "daddy long legs," the cellar spider has a thin, long body with extremely thin, long legs. A common myth suggests the cellar spider is one of the most venomous spiders in the country; this is not true. They cannot bite humans, but if they could, they would not inject the strongest venom into you.

All of the spiders commonly found in Plano can bite. However, for the most part, these spiders are not considered aggressive.

Why You Don't Want Spiders Hanging Around Your Home

While only a couple of spiders in Plano are dangerous, nobody wants to see any of them around their home. Spiders eat all types of insects, including roaches, ants, and flies. If you suddenly see an uptick in the spider population in your house, it could mean that you have an insect infestation you don't know about. 

Five No-Sweat Tips To Prevent Spiders In Your Home

It can be beneficial to have some spiders around your home as they will help to keep the insect populations down. However, spiders belong outside, and that is where they should stay. Some of the things that you can do to prevent spiders from coming inside your home include the following:

  1. Seal up any cracks or gaps around your house.
  2. Keep your home clean and free of crumbs and other food that could attract insects.
  3. Fix any leaky faucets or pipes immediately.
  4. Don't leave piles of firewood stacked up beside your house.
  5. Remove any unused boxes, bags, and other clutter from your home.

To keep the spider population down around your home, you must also keep the insects away. Doing things like keeping your outdoor light off at night and keeping pet food and other types of food in airtight containers can help to prevent an insect infestation in your home.

How Do I Get Rid Of Spiders And Their Prey In My Home?

If you see any spiders in your Plano home, you should have your house inspected by a professional. At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we thoroughly inspect your home and property for all types of infestations. Instead of just looking for spiders, we will make sure that no other pests are lurking around. Once we are sure what kind of infestation we are dealing with, we will develop a comprehensive plan to eliminate all pests from your home for good. 

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