Spiders in Houston come in many shapes and sizes. Some are big, fat, and hairy. When you see one of these on your floor or in a storage container, you will not put up with it for long. Some are thin, tiny, and easy to miss. These spiders are often left alone. Most Houston residents know that spiders are beneficial critters. They eat insects. So, in a way, they help with your pest control. But don't leave your pest control to the spiders. They're not nearly as dedicated as humans. It is best to have a professional deal with common house spiders as they deal with all the other pests that might get into your home. Spider control fits neatly into year-round pest control because the treatments that stop insects from getting into your home remove them as a food source for spiders. The primary reason you find spiders in your house is that you have other pests in your house. Let's look at a few ways year-round pest control service in Houston works with targeted spider control methods to prevent spiders and their bites.
Before we get started, we want to remind you that you don't have to read an article about spider control to get control of spiders, even if it is a fun and insightful article like this one! Jump to our contact page for immediate assistance with spider pest control in Houston, and we'll have a friendly and knowledgeable technician help you deal with your spider problem.
Characteristics Of Common Spiders
You get routine visits from a trained technician when you have year-round pest control. During your visits, your technician will take certain direct steps to target spiders. But much of what they do controls spiders indirectly by counteracting the characteristics of common spiders, such as their drive to find food, attraction to tiny holes, ability to pass through structural voids, web creations, and more. Here are a few ways year-round pest control considers the characteristics of common spiders.
- When insects find ways into your home, they are a food source for spiders. A liquid crack and crevice treatment around your home stops insects from getting inside. If a spider passes over this treatment barrier and gets inside, it won't find a reason to stay.
- When insects live near your home, spiders want to live near your home. Granular treatments and general pest maintenance around your home reduces the number of insects and the spiders that eat them.
- When spiders and other pests explore your home, they get in through holes, gaps, and crevices. Your technician seals small entry points to keep all pests out of your home. These small patches offer a long-lasting physical barrier.
- There are many products used to monitor pest activity. Many will stop spiders as well, such as glue boards. When a spider steps on a glue board, it won't step off. The presence of spiders on monitoring devices like this provides essential data for spider pressures, populations, and activity.
- When spider activity is higher than normal, your technician may use targeted treatments to drive them out or keep them out. On the interior of your home, EPA-approved repellents can drive spiders out. Around the exterior, dust applications in structural voids can stop spiders from getting in.
- Along with general pest maintenance and targeted treatments, a professional will use spider web removal to reduce the chances that spiders will get into your home. Spider webs often have spider egg sacs and a single sac can have hundreds of spiders—that's a lot of spiders that can hatch and explore your exterior looking for tiny entry points.
Do you see how it works? A spider is going to do what a spider is going to do. Professionals know this and they apply maintenance and products to stop them in their tracks. For most spiders, this level of protection is nice because spiders are creepy houseguests. But Houston isn't home to only creepy, harmless spiders.
Some Spiders Are More Dangerous Than Others
There is an almost endless variety of spiders in Houston. Most are just a nuisance, but some have a bite comparable to a wasp sting. It is nice to keep these spiders away. But your year-round pest control doesn't just deal with these unwanted pests, it also gives you protection from the two types of spiders that present a medical threat.
Black Widow Spiders: The bite of a widow spider can have strong medical symptoms. During routine service visits, your technicians will look for the strong, tangled webs of widow spiders in key areas around your home and address them. That means you don't have to worry as much when you're outside doing yard work or recreating in your backyard.
Brown Recluse Spiders: The bite of a recluse spider can lead to spreading necrosis. While rare, disfiguring wounds are possible. During routine service visits, your technician will look for the thin, tangled webs of these spiders low to the ground. If recluse spiders are on your property, they're likely to be inside your home as well. They do well inside structures. Your technician will develop a treatment plan to find and remove them.
Year-round pest control protects your property and wellbeing. But it is easy to put pest control on a backburner if you don't realize its importance.
A Lot Of Spiders In Your Home Could Mean A Bigger Problem
Are you noticing spiders or spider webs frequently? Those spiders are tellings you something. Let's take a moment to look at spider problems from another angle.
- Many spiders eat flies. Lots of spiders may mean you have a fly problem. The common house fly can spread sixty-five diseases, including cholera, poliomyelitis, typhoid fever, and tuberculosis. Fruit flies, phorid flies, and drain flies are all considered filth flies. They get into garbage, climb inside drains, and get into cat boxes. A fly problem will almost certainly lead to a spider problem. But even if it doesn't, it is best not to have these insects in your home.
- Some spiders eat crawling insects, such as cockroaches. Roaches can spread thirty-three bacterial diseases, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. While it is nice to think about spiders getting rid of the roaches hiding in your wall voids, you should know that cockroaches will grow their population faster than spiders can eat them! Let the spiders in your home be a warning to look for roaches so they aren't allowed to make you sick.
- Spiders eat moisture pests. When spider sightings in your home are high, you might have moisture damage and wood rot. You may also have silverfish, carpet beetles, clothing moths, mold, or some other issue related to moisture problems. Moisture pests can damage your belongings, and certain molds can create health problems. Perform an inspection and look for any potential areas of moisture damage around your exterior and inside your home.
- Spiders get in through exterior holes. Their presence means you have entry points. Since spiders don't chew holes to enter your home, you might have another pest problem. Wood-damaging pests create holes in wood that spiders use. Frequent spider sightings may indicate a wood-damaging pest problem such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, rodents, etc. Wood-damaging pest problems and moisture problems typically go together. So, as you look for moisture problems, look for wood damage, hollow wood, frass, and other warning signs.
Pest problems often go hand-in-hand. When you have a lot of spiders, there are likely other problems to address. Some of the problems associated with spiders can threaten your health or property, and certain spiders can bite you. It is best not to have spiders and other pests entering your Houston home.
Professional Pest Control Makes For The Best Spider Control
Hopefully, you can see how professional pest control is the best solution for spider control. Routine service visits provide layers of protection to, directly and indirectly, keep spiders out of your home. Spot treatments stop insects from living on your property. Barrier treatments stop insects from living near your home and finding tiny entry points to get inside. Spider web removal reduces spider populations and deters spiders from creating unsightly webs on your home. When more control is needed, glue boards, dust treatments, and EPA-approved repellents can get spiders and other pests out of your home. Your technician uses a multi-pronged strategy of environmentally friendly treatments and pest management to keep spiders out and reduce spider activity in your yard.
If you're in the Houston area, let the service team at All-Safe Pest & Termite direct you to the right solution for your home and family. Tell us about your spider concerns. We can give you insights into why you're seeing spider activity and share the best solutions to control them. How does that sound? Navigate to our contact page. It only takes a minute to reach out to us. You don't have to live with spiders and common household pests in Houston. There is a solution.