There are few people who live in Texas who ask the question, "Does Texas have dangerous spiders?" We know the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider are both notorious; you'd have to be living under a rock (which is one of the places these spiders like to live) to not have heard of them. Today, we're going to take a look at some of the reasons venomous spiders may come into your Texas yard. Understanding these factors could reduce spider populations around your home and prevent an infestation.
Since we already touched on this, let's start here. Rocks, concrete blocks, and stacks of hard objects are attractive to these spiders. This is because brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders eat bugs, and bugs like these places. Be cautious when turning rocks over in your yard or moving objects around that have been sitting for any length of time.
In nature, it is common for black widows to establish themselves in organic wood debris. When they come into your yard, they'll be looking to create webs in stacks of tangled branches.
The brown recluse spider commonly creates webs in ground holes abandoned by wild animals such as groundhogs, ground squirrels, etc. If you have holes in your yard or an infestation of a hole-creating pest, it is important to address them. Fill those holes in and hire a wildlife control specialist to get rid of wildlife pests.
Whether it is a void under a porch, patio, or stairwell, or a void within a wall of your garage, shed, barn, or home, these spiders will take advantage of protected pockets of space. It is important to do routine inspections of your exterior walls and seal any gaps or cracks your find if you want to keep these spiders out.
Brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders are motivated by hunger. Recluse spiders will mostly feed on ground-dwelling insects like cockroaches, crickets, and ants. Black widow spiders eat ground-dwelling insects as well as insects that fly. Everything you do to control bugs and insects in your yard will have an impact on venomous spider populations.
There are many insects that are drawn to light. If you lure them in, you may lure black widows in right behind them. It is best to keep exterior lights off at night or replace white bulbs with yellow, insect-resistant bulbs in locations where home security isn't an issue.
There are many bugs and insects that will get into your trash. This can invite a black widow spider to establish a web between your trash receptacles. Keep exterior trash in sealed receptacles and routinely clean your receptacles to prevent pest activity that can lure black widows in.
While we saved this one for last, it may be the most important factor of all. Moisture has a big impact on pest populations around a home. When you control dampness, it has far-reaching effects. Here are some suggestions:
- Inspect your gutter system and make sure it is clear of blockages. When water pools up and pours over, it can make your foundation perimeter damp.
- If you have sticks or leaves on the ground, rake them up as soon as you can. These promote dampness that can attract insects.
- Fix leaky spigots or hoses that have holes in them.
- Trim tree branches to allow sunlight to shine in locations around your home that are densely shaded.
- Put space between the plants in your landscaping to provide good airflow. This will dry the topsoil more quickly after you water your plants.
Spider Control Services For Your Home
If you've noticed brown recluse spiders or black widow spiders around your East Texas home, remember that the pest control experts at Innovative Pest Control are available to assist you with industry-leading residential pest control. When it comes to protecting health and property from pest threats, you can trust the service team at Innovative. Reach out to us today and request a free home inspection to get started. There's no obligation to buy service. We'll just come check out what you're dealing with and let you know what your options are. It's that simple.