Many different kinds of spiders live in and around dwellings. Some, such as the cellar spider, construct webs to help entrap their prey. Others, like the wolf spider, are free roaming and make no webs. Most spiders are harmless and in fact beneficial because they prey upon flies and other pests. The majority of spiders have fangs too small or weak to puncture human skin. Those that are capable of biting humans generally will not do so, unless they themselves are harmed or threatened.
Of the many types of spiders occurring in Texas, only the black widow and brown recluse are potentially dangerous. Nonetheless, many people are unwilling to share their home with spiders— harmful or not. Their webs, fecal spotting, and discarded prey can also become an unsightly nuisance.
The following tips pertain to managing all spiders. Keeping spiders and pests out of your home is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment.
Routine, thorough house cleaning is the best way to eliminate spiders and discourage their return. A vacuum cleaner or broom effectively removes spiders, webs, and egg sacs. Destruction of egg sacs is crucial since each can contain hundreds of young spiders.
We are trained to help manage spiders and other pests. Since every yard or home is different, we will design a unique program for your situation.
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