What You Need To Know About Spiders In Houston, TX
Like ants and rodents, spiders are common household pests. Learn about spiders and implement year-round pest control services to stop spiders from taking over your West Houston home or yard.
What are spiders?
Spiders are predators that feed on insects and other spiders, helping to control their populations. Spiders are a gardener's best friend but a homeowner's nightmare. When spiders decide to invade our homes in large numbers, they become the pests that need to be controlled.
Spiders are not insects; they are arachnids. Unlike insects with three body segments and eight legs, spiders and other arachnids have two body segments and eight legs. Spiders also lack the wings and antennae most insects have.
Are spiders dangerous?
Though spiders tend to get a bad rap and have been the villains in many movies, most spiders are quite harmless. The majority of spiders you will encounter in the garden, your kitchen, or on the top of your shower are harmless. If a bite were to occur, the venom of most spiders is only potent enough to harm their small insect prey.
It is, however, important to note that we do have dangerous spiders in our region. Dangerous spiders have venom strong enough to affect our health. If you are ever concerned about the spiders on your property and would like them accurately identified, reach out to us for help.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Our West Houston yards are places where many insects live and thrive. Since spiders feed on insects, they also thrive in our yards. Though spiders prefer to live outside, they will follow their insect prey when they move into our homes.
Spiders often become a problem in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements because that is where insects like ants, flies, and cockroaches hang out. The more insect activity you have on your property, the more predators, like spiders, will also be on your property.
Where will I find spiders?
Spiders are naturally shy and reclusive; they are not aggressive towards people and do their best to stay out of sight. Dark, quiet spaces are where spiders like to build their webs or burrows. If spiders have become a problem in your home, you will begin spotting either the spiders themselves or their webs in the corners of rooms, near windows or doors, under furniture, in closets, and above cabinets.
Spiders living outside in our yards will hang out in places that provide shelter and easy access to their insect prey, like gardens, landscaping, trees, light fixtures, and areas around trashcans.
A few spiders outside in your garden is not a bad thing, but when you see their populations explode and you are regularly finding them inside your home, you should take action and call a professional for help.
How do I get rid of spiders?
Let the local pest professionals at Samson Pest and Termite Services provide you with the home protection necessary to remove spiders and other household pests from your West Houston home.
"Our Service Is Our Strength," and our pest control technicians know the spiders that live in our region of Texas and how to stop them from overtaking our yards and entering our homes.
Serving West Houston, we are dedicated to our customers and Houston's best choice for pest control! Contact us today to learn more about our quality, year-round pest control options.
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
Use the following helpful tips to help make your property less attractive to spiders and to help keep them out of your home.
- Maintain gardens to prevent them from overgrowing and provide hiding spots for spiders.
- Keep lids on trash cans to prevent them from attracting insects that spiders like to eat.
- Make sure gutters are directing water away from the outside of your home; moisture attracts many insects.
- As you spot spider webs on or in your home, knock them down; this annoys spiders and makes them want to move elsewhere.
- Make sure screens in windows and doors are intact.
- Place covers over vents leading into your home.
- Caulk spaces around doors, windows, vents, and light fixtures.
For help removing spiders and their insect prey from unwanted areas of your property, contact us today!