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All spiders have venom and fangs. That is enough not to want them in your home. But, as you know, all spiders are not created equal. Some don't bite—in fact, they're not able to bite. Some spiders that bite do not have potent venom. Their venom is only powerful enough to subdue insects and other small prey, not humans. But we have two kinds of spiders in Dallas that can bite, and their venom can cause medical symptoms.

Join us as we examine the different types of spiders in our area, how spiders can cause problems for you, and how you can meet the challenge of spider control with natural prevention. If you like doing things yourself, read on. If you'd rather have a licensed technician address the spiders on your property, contact All-Safe Pest & Termites for a spider treatment, exterior spider web removal, and other spider control services.

Types Of Spiders: A Guide To The Most Common Species

If we were to write a guide about all the spiders you might encounter in your Dallas home, you wouldn't want to read it. Trust us when we say it would be long. But there are a few common spider species, and knowing a bit about each can give you all the data you need to deal with spider problems.

 

Cellar Spiders:

Cellar spiders are the long-legged arachnids you find in your garage. They don't bite. They're just super annoying. The primary reason to get control over these spiders is that they are a food source for other insects and other spiders.

 

House Spiders:

While any spider that gets into your home is called a house spider, there is a species that bears that name. It is known scientifically as Parasteatoda tepidariorum. That's a mouthful! What you need to know is that these are the most common of all Texas house spiders. They bite, but the wounds only result in small, irritated bumps.

 

Wolf Spiders:

Wolf spiders are big, hairy hunter spiders. They have great eyesight and use it to track their prey at night due to reflective materials within their eyes, which keep unneeded light from blocking their vision in low light conditions. If you stand in your yard and shine a flashlight in the dead of night, you may see their tiny, shiny eyes staring back at you. Don't worry. They're mostly just creepy to look at. While a wolf spider can bite, the wounds they cause are minor.

 

Jumping Spiders:

If you see a small, hairy spider, it is likely a jumping spider. Like a wolf spider, a jumping spider can see well and will use its eyesight to track its prey. In your home, it will move about under your radar because it doesn't create webs. Its bite is similar to a house spider bite.

 

Brown Recluse Spiders:

Of all the house spiders in Dallas, these are the worst. While not predisposed to biting people, they have venom that is considered a medical concern. They're also well-adapted to indoor living. If you detect and identify a brown recluse spider, it is time to contact your All-Safe Pest & Termite team.

 

Black Widow Spiders:

As the worst spider on our list, there are a few facts you should know about black widow spiders. They aren't really house spiders. They prefer to live outdoors because most Texas homes don't have enough food to support these arachnids. You'll find them living under brush piles, within stacked woods, in dense vegetation, under your deck, and in other secluded hiding spots. They're also not as dangerous as you've heard. While certainly a threat, it is extremely rare for a human to die from a black widow spider bite.

Well, there you have it. These are the most common Texas house spiders. The facts presented above give you an idea of the spiders you may find in your home. Now, let's zero in on why they are problematic when they share your living space with you.

Why A Spider Infestation In Your Home Can Be Problematic

Is spider control necessary? We believe it is. We've already touched on some of the reasons why. Let's quickly recap and then look at a few more you should consider:

  • Obviously, you'll want to get rid of spiders in your house so you don't get bitten. Some spiders have potent venom.
  • The more spiders you have, the greater the risk of an unwanted encounter, including spider bites.
  • Spiders grow their populations, producing egg sacs in webs or structural cavities and cracks.
  • The webs spiders create are an unsightly mess. If you control spiders outdoors, you'll have fewer webs to clean up inside your home.
  • They creep around on your walls and floors or make you jump out of your skin when you notice them in an unexpected place.
  • Spiders are a food source for other pests. As your spider populations climb, so will your pest problems.
  • We could go on, but we're sure you get the point. Spiders aren't looking to bite you, but they can. Some bites are a reason for concern. But the greatest reasons to keep spiders out are simply practical. A pest-free home is a nicer home to live in.

Natural And Effective House Spider Prevention Tips

In light of the fact that spiders are mostly a nuisance, we can suggest natural pest management to address spider populations. The exceptions, of course, are the appearance of brown recluse or black widow spiders. Here are some simple-to-understand tips that should help keep spiders out:

  • Use some caulk and a caulking gun to seal thin entry points in building materials to block spider access.
  • Apply expanding foam to fill cavities or structural voids that spiders can pass through to enter indoor spaces.
  • Make sure all of your weatherstripping is up to par.
  • Clean spider webs on your exterior, in your garage, and within your home.
  • When you collect spider webs, crush any spider egg sacs you find.
  • Manage your trash to reduce smells that attract flies as spiders eat flies.
  • Keep lights off around your home at night, particularly in entryways, to reduce insect populations and keep insects from flying into your home.
  • Perform a good gutter cleaning to reduce perimeter moisture, which attracts moisture pests and spiders that feed on those pests.
  • Use sticky traps to track spider activity. When you detect spiders in your traps, find out what kind of spiders you've collected. Early detection can help you get in front of a serious problem.
  • Use these natural and effective spider prevention tips to manage spider populations around and inside your house. It takes work to keep spiders out, but it isn't impossible. Every little bit you do will make a difference.

If you catch a spider and need help with identification, take a picture and email it to us. We're happy to help you determine what kind of spider it is. We can also come over and perform an inspection to evaluate your spider control needs on your Dallas property or inside your home. Your All-Safe Pest & Termite service team has a lot of experience dealing with a wide range of pests and ongoing training in the most advanced control solutions. We have you covered.

Professional Spider Control: When To Call In The Experts

Now that you know the natural ways to get rid of spiders, what targeted control methods are available, and when is it time to call in the experts? You may find it surprising to know that experts do many of the things you'd do. We remove spider webs to reduce spider populations and deter spiders from creating more webs. We also help seal key entry points spiders use to enter your home. However, some spider problems require the use of control materials. It is best to have a licensed applicator apply these materials. Here's why:

  • It is essential to select appropriate materials that are known to work.
  • Professionals know the appropriate amounts in which to apply spider control products.
  • It is sometimes necessary to get materials into wall voids and other hard-to-reach spaces, which technicians know how to do.
  • Proper product placement prevents spiders from avoiding the treatments.

Along with the application of control materials, a pest control expert uses training and field experience to apply a comprehensive solution that goes far beyond the steps listed thus far. Pests feed on pests, and this is particularly true of spiders. As we pointed out, if you manage the insects and other pests spiders feed on, you'll manage the spiders. There is no better way to control pest populations than to get a year-round pest control service plan.

 

Are you in Dallas? Let your All-Safe Pest & Termite service team help you select a year-round home pest control plan that meets your specific needs and enables you to get control of spiders at the same time. It all starts with our Safe Select Pest Control. Connect with us by phone, text, or use our contact page to learn about this program and how it helps to keep spiders at bay. We are your source for local spider control.

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