Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are carnivorous pests that usually have eight eyes, eight legs, and fangs that inject venom into their prey. These arachnids come in many shapes and sizes, depending on their species. Spiders catch and feed on their insect prey in a variety of different ways. Brown recluse spiders and wolf spiders like to actively chase down and pounce on their prey, while black widows and orb weavers spin the traditional insect-catching spider webs most people are familiar with. Four of the most common species of spiders known to be living throughout Conroe, Houston, New Caney, Spring, and our area of eastern Texas are black widows, brown recluse spiders, orb weavers, and wolf spiders.

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Are spiders dangerous?

If spiders have invaded your Spring, Texas property, you may find yourself wondering: “Are spiders dangerous?” Unfortunately, the answer is both yes and no. Some species of spiders, such as the black widow and the brown recluse, possess powerful venom and are pests to be concerned about. Other spiders, such as wolf spiders and orb weavers, are capable of inflicting painful bites, but their venom isn't potent enough to cause you any lasting harm. All spiders are usually more content to hide from you rather than make their presence known and bite you; however, spiders will bite if they are provoked, threatened, or defending their webs.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spider infestations usually mean your property already has an existing insect problem. When you’re dealing with a spider infestation, it’s important to realize that spiders are nomadic pests that follow their insect prey into your home or business. Keeping insects away from your property is generally enough to deter spiders from invading.

Where will I find spiders?

All spiders prefer to stay away from areas where human activity is prominent. Instead, spiders prefer to hide in dark, secluded areas with high insect activity, where they will chase their insect prey indoors. A few areas that spiders of all species are likely to be found include attics, basements, closets, empty cupboards, tall shelves, and wall voids. If even one spider is found in your home or business, it’s usually a good indicator that several more are living there as well.

  • Black widow spiders build their webs near the ground. Inside, you will find them in basements, crawlspaces, and garages. Outside, common places to find their webs include in shrubs, in woodpiles, in hollow tree stumps, and under decks.

  • Brown recluse spiders place their webs in similar protected locations where they hide out, leaving them to actively hunt their prey. Their webbed hideouts are often found behind wooden shingles, in basements, in garages, in rock piles, in sheds, and in woodpiles.

  • Orb weaver spiders are sometimes referred to as garden spiders because their webs are often found in garden areas, as well as around exterior lights, in bushes and trees, and under decks and other structures.

  • Wolf spiders, as their name describes, actively hunt down their prey and do not build webs. They are a type of burrowing spider and their burrows are usually found in landscape timbers, in leaf piles, in woodpiles, and under rocks. Inside, they can usually be found living at ground level, hiding in boxes or other clutter found in basements, garages, and sheds.

When are spiders most active?

Black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, orb weaver spiders, and wolf spiders are all nocturnal pests, resting during the day and hunting their prey during the overnight hours. Some orb weaver spiders are also active during the early morning hours, working to tear down the webs they created overnight. These spiders are most active and found in their highest numbers throughout the spring, summer, and early fall seasons when the weather is at its warmest and their prey is most abundant.

Interesting facts about spiders

Spiders are unique creatures and each species has unique features. To help you understand some of the most common species in our area, here are four interesting facts:

1. Black widow spiders received their name from the story that females will consume the male after mating. However, this situation rarely occurs out in nature. Females are more likely to bite than males, but a bite usually only happens accidentally or when she is trying to protect her eggs.

2. Brown recluse spiders camouflage themselves to stay out of sight of predators, and where they live determines their exact coloration. Brown recluse spiders only have six eyes, while most spiders have eight. As their name suggests, these spiders prefer to stay out of the way of people and are not aggressive; bites from this species are rare and usually accidental.

3. Orb weaver spiders vary greatly in appearance. One of the best ways to determine if a spider is an orb weaver is to look at its web as, in general, their webs are described as being circular grids, and orb weaver spiders can be seen hanging in the web with their heads down.

4. Wolf spiders have extremely good eyesight and can see in four directions at once. Wolf spiders communicate with each other using short purring sounds. They also communicate with each other through sight, smell, and touch, and some will even rub their legs together to produce sounds for communication.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Spider infestations are not pleasant, and handling a spider infestation without the help of a licensed pest control specialist is often dangerous. If black widow spiders or brown recluse spiders have infested your home, even one bite is something to be worried about. The professionals here at Kingston Pest Control have the experience, skills, and tools necessary to remove your spider infestation. Our effective spider control services will ensure your property receives the quality pest control treatments it deserves.

When it comes to effective spider control, Kingston Pest Control is your best bet. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled pest control technicians to learn how we can keep your Texas residential or commercial property 100% pest-free! To schedule your free inspection with us, contact Kingston Pest Control today!

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Spiders only follow their insect prey, so no prey means no spiders. To prevent spiders and their insect prey from invading your Houston Metro property, use the following tips:

    • Many insects are attracted to moisture. Reduce excess moisture around your property by repairing leaks, clearing your gutters, and draining puddles of standing water.

  • Insects are attracted to our food sources as well. Keep your garbage cans sealed, store pet food away when it’s not in use, and clean food and drink spills immediately.

  • Spiders and insects get inside through entry points in the exterior of your property. Install door sweeps, seal crevices in your foundation, and replace torn window screens.

 

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