What are spiders?
Spiders are a very diverse group of arachnids. There are tens of thousands of spider species living worldwide, each with unique needs and habits. However, there are a few things that spiders as a group have in common. Adults spiders have eight legs, many eyes, and fangs that can inject venom into their prey or any perceived threat. They also possess spinneret glands they use to make the silk these arachnids are well-known for.
Spiders are predators that hunt, capture, and feed on insects and other spiders. While helpful in controlled numbers, when their populations explode, the spiders themselves become pests.
Are spiders dangerous?
Spiders bite to defend themselves; though their bites can sometimes be painful, in most cases, the bite itself isn’t a huge concern. What is concerning is what type of spider has bitten you. Dangerous spiders have venom strong enough to trigger health problems in people that need to be managed by a trained professional. Luckily, most spiders living in our yards, gardens, or that find a way into our homes are not dangerous. They want nothing to do with people and are just hanging out waiting for the chance to feed on their insect prey.
If you ever suspect you were bitten by a dangerous spider, seeking immediate medical help is always advised.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Spiders live outside in nature in large numbers. As our residential and commercial properties have taken over more outdoor spaces, spiders have adapted to living near people in order to survive. Our yards and the exterior of our homes offer spiders many possible hiding spots, water sources, and various areas to hunt their insect prey.
Where will I find spiders?
You will find spiders living in areas where there are plenty of places for them to hunt. Insects living either inside your home or outside in your yard will increase spider activity.
Places that spiders hide and build their nests in and around our Texas homes include:
- In areas of vegetation, such as shrubs, bushes, landscaping plants, and tall grass.
- Near sources of standing water like clogged gutters, low-lying areas, and containers that collect water.
- The exterior of the house under decks, behind shingles, under roof eaves, near exterior lights and vents.
- Inside the home, in the corners of rooms, windows, under furniture, and in storage areas like closets and basements.
How do I get rid of spiders?
Spiders are pests that we don’t want taking over our indoor or outdoor spaces. If your yard or home has become overrun by spiders, contact us at Trees Hurt Too, Inc. Our knowledgeable, friendly, and diligent professionals will work closely with you to eliminate them from your home or business. Using low to no impact products, we will solve your property’s spider problem.
Trees Hurt Too is a locally owned and operated company that is the first line of defense against pests for homes and businesses in Tarrant County, TX. To learn more about our spider control services, give us a call today, and speak with one of our helpful professionals!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
Limit the chances of spiders taking over your Texas property with the help of the following prevention tips.
- Regularly and frequently dust and vacuum your home, not forgetting the corners of rooms, spaces behind furniture, and shelves.
- Regularly inspect the outside of your home caulking spaces you discover in exterior walls and the foundation.
- Check your windows and doors, ensuring the weatherstripping around them is intact and the screens are secure.
- Limit insect activity on your property that attracts spiders by keeping lids on trash cans, picking up uneaten pet food, and removing areas of standing water.
- Turn off exterior lights whenever possible that will attract insects to your home that spiders like to hunt.
- Cut back shrubs, bushes, and other landscaping that could house spiders near your home’s exterior.