If there was a “top ten” list of pests that frighten people, spiders would probably be in the lead. They move about so quietly, and they startle you when you spot them. Spiders are creepy looking, with their long legs and strangely shaped bodies. The sticky webs they make are sometimes so thin, you can easily walk into them. They are a pest that can cause you to want to jump out of your skin. On top of all of that, they have fangs and venom.
Some spiders are relatively harmless, even if they do bite you. Others are quite lethal. To build your defense against spiders, you have to be knowledgeable about common species in San Antonio. Then, you’ll be able to take proper prevention steps. If all else fails and you need extermination, find out why you should contact Romney Pest Control.
Common San Antonio Spiders
American house, black widow, and brown recluse spiders can all be found in Texas. American house spiders vary in color, but most are yellow-brown. They have noticeable chevron markings on their elongated bodies. Like all spiders, they have eight legs. Typically, they’ll form webs in the corners of rooms. Should they bite you, you’ll experience pain and skin swelling. Both will subside naturally.
Black widows spiders grow between ⅛ and 1/2 of an inch long. Their black bodies are shiny. On their stomachs, you’ll see an hourglass-shaped mark. They inhabit grass, organic debris, and firewood. If they come inside your property, they’ll settle in your garage, basement or closets. They prefer dark spaces that aren’t very busy. If they feel threatened, they’ll sink their teeth into you. Their venom contains neurotoxins that impact the nervous system, so be cautious and seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten.
Brown recluse spiders are ½ of an inch long. They are tan or brown and have slim legs. A mark shaped like a violin can be seen on their dorsum. They too nestle in organic matter, wood, and places that are dark and quiet. Attics, crawl spaces, cellars, and cabinets are among their hiding areas. Nausea, fever, and lesions are among the symptoms you’ll have if you’re bitten by them. Again don’t delay in seeking medical attention after an encounter with a brown recluse.
Managing issues with other insects and creatures on your property is key in warding off spiders. Other pests are a spider’s main food source. They feed on critters like ants, flies, grasshoppers, mosquitoes, rodents, lizards, and snakes. Many bugs enter homes and businesses through foundation cracks and crevices, gravitating toward moisture. The same goes for spiders. Thus, repairing structural and moisture problems is a part of the prevention equation too. Other steps to take include:
- Monitoring humidity levels
- Reducing clutter
- Examining wood, greenery, and storage items before bringing them indoors
- Distancing plants and wood from your building
- Maintaining and trimming the yard
- Routinely vacuuming, dusting, and sweeping
- Putting food and garbage in air-tight containers
- Removing webs
When it comes to addressing your property’s structure, close or seal openings around windows, doors, and foundations. Fix torn window screens, and attach sweeps to exterior doors.
Romney Pest Control’s Methods for Spiders
Romney Pest Control’s programs are comprehensive, ensuring that no bug or unwanted animal will remain present on your property. That means no spiders, too. They won’t find your home or business attractive if there’s nothing left for them to eat.
Our technicians are licensed, insured, and specially trained. They’ll accurately identify species, and apply just the right treatment for your situation. Everything we use is industrial-grade. Not only are we effective and efficient at what we do, but we’re also professional. Our caring and thorough approach has earned us multiple Angie’s List awards. Call us today to get started with a free quote!