Does Texas Have Dangerous Spiders?

Recluse spiders

There is quite a diversity of creatures in Texas. This is because there is a diversity of ecosystems. We have everything from warm, humid coastline to millions of acres of desert. So, it makes sense that we would have some dangerous spiders. Here are three spiders that can get into your Texas home, and what you need to do to keep them out.

Recluse Spiders

There are several species of recluse spider in the United States. In Texas, we see a mixture of them. In the Eastern portion of the state, we see more Loxosceles reclusa. In the South, we see Loxosceles devia, known as the Texas recluse. In Eastern Texas are the Loxosceles blanda (the bland brown spider), the Loxosceles deserta (the desert brown spider), and some Loxosceles arizonica (Arizona brown spiders), which are mostly endemic to Arizona. While we focus primarily on the brown recluse spider in our East Texas service area, control for all recluse spiders is similar, as is the threat these spiders pose.

You are probably aware that a recluse spider is able to inflict a necrotic bite wound. What you may not know is that these spiders don't prefer to bite humans, and most bites from these spiders do not lead to serious injury; since it is possible to be bitten by accident, and a bite in the wrong location can cause disfigurement, it is best to call a professional pest control company when these spiders appear.

Black Widow Spiders

The black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans) is considered the most venomous spider in North America but, thanks to a stable medical infrastructure in the U.S., bites from this spider rarely lead to mortality. It is still very unpleasant to be bitten by one. Symptoms can include pain, sweating, headache, abdominal cramping and rigidity, nausea, tremors, vomiting, and a loss of consciousness. There may also be lesions at the site of the bite wound. Seek immediate medical attention if you've been bitten.

Black widow spiders can usually be found outside in brush piles, wood stacks, organic debris, and locations that are overgrown and sheltered. They can also come into a home in search of food. When they do, they will usually hide in undisturbed areas of a home, like a storage room, attic space, or basement.

Spider Prevention & Control

Keeping spiders from getting into your home begins with keeping them away from your exterior walls. Use the following to resist spiders:

  • Keep trash in sealed containers. Bugs and wildlife enjoy trash, and dangerous spiders enjoy bugs and wildlife.

  • Reduce light around your home at night. You can do this by turning outside lights off and drawing your curtains at night. It also helps to replace white light bulbs with yellow bulbs, which are less attractive to bugs.

  • Keep weeds and overgrowth to a minimum. Most bugs like unkempt yards. Dangerous spiders and their food source will both be happier in a lawn that has unruly vegetation.

  • Keep moisture to a minimum. If you have leaking spigots, obstructed gutters, or some other condition that is making the soil next to your home moist, you'll lure in moisture pests and the spiders that eat them.

  • Reduce lawn clutter. Items that sit in your yard can provide hiding places for bugs and spiders.

  • Seal your exterior walls. If you have gaps, holes, or cracks, it is important to get them sealed up.

  • Hire a pest control company to provide a protective barrier to fully exclude spiders and other invasive pests.

At Innovative Pest Control, we service East Texas with industry leading home pest control and commercial pest control services. If you need assistance keeping pests out, we can help. Request your free inspection today and let's get started.

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