Is My Houston Home at Risk for Spider Infestation This Spring?   

May 09, 2019

a pousonouse brown recluse spider crawling along a texas home with his long legs spread out wide

Summer spider infestations will be on the rise again this year in Houston. This means more sightings of creepy spiders crawling around and dangling from doorways. It also means more unsightly cobwebs to clear out of corners and off ceilings and walls. Spiders can invoke fear in some people. Some will want to hit at them in a frenzy or flee as fast as they can. In short, it’s no fun to have spiders invading your living spaces, laundry room, basement, or closets. And we most certainly don’t want them hiding in our shoes, clothing, or bedding.

While most spiders are considered harmless, there are some venomous spiders to be aware of in Houston. This includes brown recluse spiders and black widows. While most spiders don’t contain enough venom for much of a reaction, a brown recluse spider bite can cause skin and tissue to become ulcerous or die. A bite from a black widow can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, weakness, sweating, nausea, and difficulty breathing. The symptoms can get worse and lead to diaphragm paralysis, high blood pressure and, in serious cases, death.

The biggest factor that leads to an increase in spider infestations, especially in the spring and summer, is the presence of insect pests. Your insect-infested home can provide a smorgasbord for spiders. Another factor is the availability of entry points like cracks and crevices in foundations and exterior walls, as well as torn screens and gaps under doors.

Of course, blocking off all entry points is key in order to keep spiders and other insect pests from getting indoors. It is also wise to check for spiders in wood, bags, boxes, and other items that you bring in from outside. That way you are not inadvertently bringing them in yourself. Lastly, a tidy yard free from tall grass, debris, and piles of wood is less attractive for spiders and will keep them from getting in close proximity, lowering the chances of them gaining entry.

Spider control is not as simple as just going around and killing all of the spiders you can see. You will need to get to the root of the problem. That includes getting rid of all of the spiders and other pests plaguing your home. The best way to do that is by enlisting the help of a professional pest control company.

If you want to prevent spiders from making your house their home, call on the specialists at Modern Pest Control in Houston. Our comprehensive treatment plans are specific to your home and pest pressures. We can effectively keep your home spider and pest-free all year long.

Tags: black widow spider  |  brown reclude spider  |  home pest control

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