Why Houston Residents Should Be On The Lookout For Spiders This Fall
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Why Houston Residents Should Be On The Lookout For Spiders This Fall

Here in Houston, Texas, the weather doesn't get very cold. This means that pests that are seasonal in other parts of the country are year-round for us. In most cases, these pests are just a nuisance, but in two particular cases, year-round pests could mean year-round danger.

Types Of Spiders That Commonly Find Their Way Into Houston Homes

Spiders are one of the most common pest problems that Houston homeowners face every year. They are largely attracted to the presence of other pests, such as cockroaches, ants, flies, and even spiders. Here are some of the key species in the area and what to look out for:

  • Wolf spider: The large spiders are covered in fuzz and give off the impression of being harmful when they’re actually not. The wolf spider might bite, but it is not venomous. These are hunting spiders so people may see them on the move. 
  • Brown recluse: The brown recluse spider is the one species that locals should be concerned about due to their venomous bites. They do not seek human interaction; however, if a brown recluse feels threatened, then they may bite. People often find them outside beneath porches or in basements. 
  • Cellar spider: This spider may look intimidating with their long, spindly legs, however, they are simply a nuisance. As the name suggests, cellar spiders are usually found living in dank basements. 

At Modern Pest Control, we provide treatments for spiders in all of our residential services because we know how pervasive they are. For more information on spider control, call us today.

Venomous Spiders Here In Houston

Here in Houston, there are two venomous spiders to be on the lookout for: the brown recluse, and the infamous black widow. When it comes to spiders, these are the ones you hope to never see. The bite from the brown recluse is so powerful, it can rot the flesh under the wound. If this is left untreated, it can lead to permanent disfigurement and possibly worse. With black widows, their venom works differently. Victims bit by black widows can expect to experience sweating, chills, fever, nausea, weakness, difficulty breathing, high blood pressure, and paralysis of the diaphragm. If left untreated, these symptoms can become fatal. With both of these spiders, it is vitally important, if bitten, to contact a medical professional immediately.

Where To Find These Spiders

When it comes to where black widows and brown recluse spiders hide, cover is the key. Whether they are outdoors or indoors, dark secluded areas are what they often seek out. When outside, be on the lookout for these creepy crawlies around piles of wood, in and throughout dark rock crevices, and inside outbuildings such as barns or sheds. If these pests find their way indoors, they will seek out refuge inside closets, under furniture, or in cabinets, basements, crawl spaces, or attics.

To reduce your property’s appeal to spiders, consider these following tips.

  • Install door sweeps under exterior doors.

  • Fix or replace screens that have rips or tears.

  • Reduce clutter in and around the home.

  • Seal cracks or holes found around the foundation of your home using a caulking gun.

  • Keep woodpiles a good distance from the walls of your home and off the ground.

How Modern Pest Control Can Help

It is in our human nature to avoid danger, and living without the fear of possible spider attack is a luxury we often don’t get to experience. Here at Modern Pest Control, your peace of mind is our top concern. With treatment plans designed to eliminate the food and shelter that spiders seek out in and around your home, you can finally rest easy. Contact Modern today, schedule your free inspection, and get on the road to peace of mind.

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