Spider Identification

What are spiders?

A predatory species that feed on various insects, including garden pests, mosquitoes, and flies, spiders are an eco-important organism. But, spiders are also unwanted organisms when they take over our Texas properties in numbers too large to be able to co-exist happily with us. In addition to having eight legs and two body parts, mosquitoes have fangs they use to inject venom into their prey to immobilize them and specialized mouthparts to feed on them. Their two body parts consist of the cephalothorax (a combination of the head and thorax) and the abdomen.

Spiders produce silk, but not all spiders use it to build webs. Wrapping prey, tethering, lining burrows, and climbing ropes are other uses for this strong, unique material. Silk is stronger by weight than steel, making it an incredible asset to their survival. 

house spider on a mans arm

Many different spiders live across the country, from the common spiders that regularly invade our households to those considered dangerous like the brown recluse and the black widow:

  • Black widow spiders have large, round, or oval-shaped abdomens and a red hourglass-like mark on the bottom of their abdomen that helps identify them.
  • Brown widow spiders are light brown with a darker brown "violin-like" marking on their head's top side. These spiders only have six eyes arranged in a semi-circle pattern. 

Are spiders dangerous?

The spiders we should be wary of are those with venom strong enough to cause health problems in people. Black widow and brown recluse spiders both fall into the category of dangerous spiders. Neither species is aggressive, but that fact almost makes them more dangerous as they stay hidden, and you don't notice their presence until a bite occurs.

Both black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders typically only bite if physically threatened. Having general knowledge of what dangerous spiders look like is important, so you can do your best to avoid them.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Our yards, gardens, flower beds, trash cans, woodpiles, and compost bins are home to many different insects. Spiders feed on insects, so it is safe to say spiders become a problem on properties with a lot of insect activity present. Like other living species, they only want to hang out where there is food, shelter, and water available to them.

When spiders live outside, close to homes and other buildings, it is common for them to find a way inside while following prey. Once inside, if there is prey to feed on, they generally stay.

Where will I find spiders?

Both brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders prefer to stay at ground level. You typically won't see these spiders hiding in the corners of rooms. They create large, irregular webs at ground level. Areas under woodpiles, shrubbery, landscaping ties, and construction debris are where these dangerous spiders live outside in our yards. Inside, black widow and brown recluse spiders hide in dark, quiet areas like closets, attics, under sinks, in crawlspaces, and under furniture.

Most common house-invading spiders prefer to stay up off the ground and are found on ceilings, in the corners of rooms or windows, in closets, and in basements and attics. Spiders prefer to live in warm, moist areas of a home because that is where the majority of household invading insects (a spider's prey) like to hide. Spiders also like to live and hunt for food in outbuildings. Garages, sheds, and barns often provide spiders with plenty of hiding spots and food.

How do I get rid of spiders?

If you are looking to rid spiders from your Austin, Texas area property, turn to the reliable and friendly pest control experts at Accurate Termite and Pest Control. Our family owned and operated pest control company is dedicated to our customers and dedicated to helping people maintain pest-free properties.

We tailor our pest control programs to meet our customer's individual needs. With over 20 years in the pest control industry and no hidden fees or contracts, you can feel at ease trusting us with pest control for your home or business. To learn more about protecting your Texas residential or commercial property from spiders, reach out to Accurate Termite and Pest Control today.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Our Accurate Termite and Pest Control professionals have put together a list of helpful prevention tips to assist Texas homeowners in stopping spiders from overtaking their property:

  • Remove leaf piles, woodpiles, fallen trees, and other debris from your yard spiders could use to build webs or burrow in.
  • Keep storage areas within your home free of clutter.
  • Regularly vacuum under furniture, behind window shutters, and in storage areas.
  • Inspect potted plants for spiders before bringing them into your home after being outside.
  • Turn off exterior lights as much as possible to avoid attracting insects (a spider's primary food source) to the windows and doors of your home.
  • Take away entry points spiders could use to move into your house. Damaged weatherstripping or door sweeps, cracks in walls or the foundation, vents, spaces around cables, and wires are common points of entry.

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