Our homes are a refuge away from noisy Dallas traffic and the rush of life in the metroplex. After a long day of working or running errands, we want to arrive home, kick off our shoes, and spend the rest of the evening relaxing. However, that sense of serenity can be quickly interrupted when we see spiders along the baseboards or crawling up the wall. Perhaps because of their erratic movements, hairy bodies, or multiple legs, spiders startle most people. Even the tough guys start shrieking when they try to hit a spider on the wall, miss, and the spider falls to the ground and starts running. When spiders invade your home, your sense of refuge immediately disappears.
You don't need to dread coming home at night or sleep with anxiety due to a spider infestation because All-Safe Pest & Termite provides spider control in Dallas. Our family-owned company is the largest independent pest control provider in the area. We began in 1984 when the Schumacher family recognized the need for pest control using low-toxicity products. Since then, we have won numerous awards, been rated the "Top Pick" by metroplex homeowners, and have achieved an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. When you partner with us for spider control, you will understand why thousands of customers have given us five-star reviews.
What Types Of Spiders Are There In Dallas?
Before identifying the primary spider species that invade many Dallas homes, let's start with general characteristics and move to the specific ones. Spiders are not insects but are arachnids. While insects and arachnids have multiple jointed legs, exterior shells (exoskeleton), and lay eggs, there are significant differences.
For example, insects have six legs, but spiders have eight. Insects may or may not have wings, but spiders never have wings. All insects have antennae that they use to sense the presence of people and animals, but spiders do not have antennae and rely on ground vibrations. Spiders have spinnerets that enable the creation of webs, but insects cannot build the sticky snares. Also, if you look at an insect with a magnifying glass, it will have two compound eyes, but spiders have two to three rows of simple eyes. Finally, insects have a three-part segmented body (head, thorax, and abdomen), but the head and thorax of a spider are fused to create a chelothorax.
Now that we know the difference between spiders and insects, we will examine which arachnids are in Dallas homes. This list contains the types of spiders we find in many Dallas houses:
- Black widow spiders
- Brown recluse spiders
- House spiders
Let's examine the spiders on our list, especially since two are venomous.
Black widow spiders are not so-called because their bite is deadly to humans but because the females occasionally eat the males after mating. You can identify a black widow spider by the two reddish-orange triangles on the underside of its abdomen that form an hourglass shape. These spiders create messy webs about one foot in diameter near the ground level in parts of the house where temperatures stay around 70℉. Another trait is that they hang upside down in their webs while they wait to capture prey. Favorite foods for black widow spiders include cockroaches, ants, scorpions, and beetles.
Although a fatality from a black widow spider's bite is highly unlikely, the toxin they inject will cause increased blood pressure, fever, nausea, and sweating. Pain from the wound is immediate, peaks in the first three hours, but lasts for up to three days.
The other venomous spider in Texas on our list is the brown recluse spider. The name tells us the color and characteristics of this 1/4 to 1/2-inch-long spider; however, it does not explain the distinguishing voilin-like marking on its cephalothorax. Also, if you care to get close to a brown recluse, you will notice that it has six eyes arranged in three groups of two in a semicircle. As their name suggests, brown recluse spiders prefer to live in secluded dry areas in the garage, basement, or attic.
Although tiny, the venom of a brown recluse packs a powerful punch. You may or may not immediately notice a bite from this spider, but when the pain hits, it hurts. A small blister will appear at the location of the swollen wound. Restlessness, fever, and sleeping difficulties are symptoms of a brown recluse bite. Although not always the case, the toxin from the spider often causes necrosis of body tissue in the wound area. If left untreated, the ulcer can extend to the bone and cause significant scarring. Seek medical attention after a bite from a brown recluse or black widow.
If you notice tangled webs in the upper corners of windows and doors in the closet or garage, you probably have an infestation of house spiders.
Fortunately, these non-venomous spiders also create snares underneath furniture, basements, and crawl spaces. These arachnids have a 3/16 to 5/16-inch yellowish-brown body and an off-white abdomen with dark stripes. Females have a spherical backside, while the males have an elongated back section.
Please remember that all spiders, including black widows and brown recluses, are not aggressive toward humans. Although these spiders avoid people and only bite in self-defense, no one wants to risk having them in their homes. The best way to get rid of spiders in the house is to partner with All-Safe Pest & Termite.
Why Do Spiders Keep Coming Into My House?
Have you noticed that spiders build webs in the upper corners of porches, often near a light? Because of the light and airflow, spiders create their snares in the upper corners of doors, windows, and similar locations. Spiders eat moths, beetles, flies, swarming termites, and ants as they gravitate to the light. Other species, like the black widow, create their snares at ground level to capture cockroaches, ants, and other crawling insects. Spiders follow insects into homes. So, if you notice spiders in your house, there is a good chance you have more than a spider problem.
Another reason spiders enter homes is due to drastic weather changes. Like all living creatures, spiders need food, water, and shelter. A dry spell may cause spiders to seek entry into your home to search for water or a location with high humidity. Also, if temperatures drop significantly, spiders may come into your Dallas home seeking warmth.
Spiders are in your home because they have found access points. These entry areas may be foundation cracks, gaps under exterior doors, or through unscreened vents. When you contact All-Safe Pest & Termite, we will send a trained technician to inspect your home to identify access points and attractants.
How Can I Prevent Spiders In My House?
No one wants to share their living space with spiders. While we know arachnids are a beneficial part of the ecosystem, we want them to remain outdoors where they belong. To achieve a spider-free home, you need to partner with All-Safe Pest & Termite and implement these tips:
- Remove junk, debris, and overgrown vegetation from the yard.
- Prune tree branches and shrubs away from the structure.
- Relocate firewood 20 feet from the house and elevate it.
- Install bug lights or LED lights on the exterior.
- Place door sweeps on exterior doors.
- Repair holes in window and door screens.
- Deweb the house.
- Seal foundation and roofline cracks.
- Reduce clutter in the basement, attic, and crawl space.
- Fix leaking plumbing fixtures and pipes in the house.
- Cover indoor and outdoor garbage containers.
Maintaining a clean, dry interior and exterior will discourage insects from entering and prevent spiders in the home. When a certified All-Safe Pest & Termite technician inspects your home, we can provide additional suggestions for your situation.
What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Spiders In My House?
An insect infestation is the primary cause of a spider problem. Spiders will go wherever there is a food source, and since they eat insects, they follow them into homes. So, the best way to stop a spider infestation is to implement the suggestions and use spider control near you from All-Safe Pest & Termite.
Our spider removal process begins with a thorough inspection of your Dallas home. A highly-trained and experienced technician will investigate your property for attractants, entry points, and spider hot spots. Next, we create a strategic plan that targets the spider species infesting your home.
Spider control tools for the interior include glue boards and dust application; if a spray treatment is necessary, we use a low-toxicity product on the EPA reduced-risk list. We remove spider webs around windows, doors, and eaves and use a liquid residual product to create a barrier around the house. Since spider control is part of our recurring pest plans, we will retreat the home every four months to ensure spider-free premises. Furthermore, our services are fully warranted, so if there is a problem between scheduled visits, we will return and retreat your home.
In addition to removing spiders from your Dallas house, our pest control solutions will resolve the insect problem that caused the spider issue. Contact us today to learn more and get your free estimate.