The spider is often regarded as a hunter, which is fair considering they feed on insects. They are also considered to be a threat regardless of the species. However, this is not an accurate tag to apply to every species of spider. But why would you want any spiders in your home, whether they are harmful or not? Let us at GreenForce Pest Solutions worry about all your spider and pest extermination needs in order to protect your family.
In fact, most of them are harmless and can even be beneficial to humans due to their ability to control the local pest population. With that in mind, it still doesn't mean they belong in the house. The most common species you'll see in Houston are:
- House Spiders: This species is yellowish-brown in color and as its name implies often makes its way inside. Fortunately, they are completely harmless to humans. House spiders also have round abdomens and dark chevron markings.
- Black Widow Spiders: This spider is infamous for two reasons. The first is they are easily recognized thanks to their thin legs and shiny black body along with a red hourglass-shaped mark on the underside of their abdomens. They're also well known due to their venom making them one of the few spiders dangerous to humans if provoked.
- Brown Recluse Spiders: This spider is also known for its potent venom and is a yellowish-gray in color. Most importantly, they can be recognized thanks to a violin-shaped pattern on their back.
- Garden Spider: Despite its bright yellow coloration, this spider is completely harmless and is beneficial thanks to controlling the insect population. They rarely come inside since they prefer to be in the yard or garden.
- Wolf Spider: The wolf spider is sturdier in the body than the others and it hunts by running down their prey versus catching it in a web. When these spiders feel threatened, they burrow deep into the ground. This spider only bites if provoked and is no harm to humans.
Spider Prevention Is Key
As we mentioned before, spiders don't belong inside the building, which is why we've gathered some prevention tips for your review. Keep the spiders outside where they belong by doing the following:
- Seal Entry Points: For spiders, entry points are any crack, hole, or crevice that exists around the perimeter of your building. Carefully inspect for these entry points and seal them with silicone caulk to keep spiders out. This practice also keeps spider prey from getting inside.
- Check The Windows And Trim: Besides cracks or holes, this pest will gladly go through any torn window or door screens. Keep them in good repair to remove this easy entry point.
- Landscaping: Wild or uncontrolled yards are a perfect breeding ground for insects. Since they are prey for spiders, this also means spiders prefer unmaintained yards. Be sure to mow and trim the property regularly to increase prevention.
- Food And Trash Storage: Remember, spiders are most often hunting their prey. Your home is just the scene they hunt within. Their prey greatly desires to get into your food and trash, which means the easiest way to keep all of them out is to practice good food and trash storage. A lack of access to food or trash means the insects stay away, which in turn means the spiders aren't interested in coming inside.
- Moisture: All pests including spiders need moisture or access to water to live. As such, one of the most effective prevention tips we have is to eliminate any excess moisture in the house to remain pest-free.
Enjoy Spider Control With GreenForce Pest Solutions
Spiders aren't fun when they make it inside. It also doesn't help that their presence indicates a larger pest infestation. We understand this isn't acceptable, which is why our team is here for you when it comes to spider control. We owe our many years of success to our reputation of exceptional service. We are committed to your safety and the comfort of your family, which is why we offer several solutions to ensure you enjoy pest-free living.