House Spiders In Anna: What To Do
January 30, 2022
Here in Anna, TX, we have several types of house spiders that can give homeowners grief. While spiders are so numerous that you’ll never have a genuinely spider-free home, you also don’t want to have so many eight-legged roomies scurrying around that you’re afraid to sit down on your couch. It can also be hard to tell the difference between common house spiders and more dangerous spider varieties like the black widow or brown recluse. That’s why preventing the spiders in your home from getting out of hand is vital.
Are Texas Spiders Dangerous
Technically, all spiders are venomous, including all the local spiders endemic to our area. However, though all spiders are venomous, almost no North American spider species can pose a threat to humans. The United States doesn’t have a single truly deadly spider variety. While a few spider species can inflict a medically significant bite, meaning these bites need medical intervention to prevent scarring or permanent damage, most healthy adults can expect to survive a bite from one of these species. Even the infamous black widow is only a serious mortal threat to small children.
All this means you don’t have much reason to be afraid if you find a spider hanging out in your house. Most of the time, you won’t see the spiders in your home at all. Texas spiders keep their southern manners on display by staying out of your way. They like to hide in the darkest corners of your house both to avoid you and to maintain close contact with the only thing that attracts them into your home in the first place: prey.
What Attracts Spiders To My House?
All spiders eat only live prey. They hunt and kill insects and other invertebrates. Some larger spiders kill lizards, frogs, and sometimes even birds! Hopefully, you won’t find any of our native Texas tarantulas in your house. Still, if you have an infestation of spider prey, you might see an uptick in activity from some of their smaller cousins.
Local spiders feed on common pest species such as ants, cockroaches, flies, and silverfish. Suppose you start seeing common house spiders or their more venomous counterparts like brown recluses and black widows around your property. In that case, you probably have an infestation of one or more of their favorite prey items.
What Can I Do To Keep Spiders Away?
Since all types of house spiders are attracted primarily to the prey infestations in your home, the same basic preventative measures can help you keep away all kinds of spiders. To make your home more hostile to spiders:
- Sweep away cobwebs wherever you find them to encourage spiders to stop weaving there.
- Store all foods in airtight containers and cover all indoor and outdoor trash with tight lids to reduce prey attractants.
- Take care of moisture problems like leaky pipes or clogged drainage.
- Install weather stripping in gaps in door and window frames.
- Ensure all door and window screens are free of rips and tears.
- Seal up potential entry points in your home’s exterior, like cracks and holes.
If all these methods don’t seem to be getting rid of spiders in your home, it’s time to call the pros. Here at EcoArmor Pest Defense, we’ve got safe and effective home pest control options designed to protect your home from both this eight-legged creepy crawler and the prey that attracts them. So if you’re ready to get rid of spiders on your property, give us a call or visit our contact page to schedule your appointment today!