Spiders are some of the most frustrating pests to deal with in Dallas. Nobody wants to share their home with an 8-legged creature weaving webs everywhere! Spiders usually infest your home during the cooler months and then stay throughout the year. They settle into quiet places, such as closets or attic crawlspaces, and breed rapidly. There’s no need to panic, though! You can prevent a spider infestation in your Dallas home by following this simple guide!
Know Your Enemy: Common Dallas Spiders
Spiders live on every continent except Antarctica. They’re after the same things most pests are: food and shelter, and they’re not picky about where they get it! Spiders feed on other bugs, including cockroaches, flies, and ants. They occupy undisturbed, dark locations; you’re likely to find a spider infestation under the bed, in closets, in storage tubs, or your attic crawlspaces. Not every spider is dangerous! Infestations of the small American grass spider or yellow-and-black orb-weaver spiders are annoying (and hard to get rid of) but not harmful to humans.
Unfortunately, the dangerous black widow and wolf spider both also reside in Dallas homes. Their bites can harm humans, although they’re rarely deadly. Because accurately identifying breeds often takes a trained eye, we highly recommend contacting the experts at Integrity Termite and Pest Control if you suspect you have a spider infestation.
Why Spiders Create Infestations
Once a single spider has found a food source and safe place to call home, they’re going to want to reproduce. When a male and female spider find each other, you’re bound to be in for an unpleasant infestation. A pregnant female spider deposits her eggs into a single ‘egg sac.’ This sac can contain thousands of unborn spiderlings, depending on the breed. Over just a few weeks, these spiderlings will reach maturity and burst from the sac. Once they’re out of their birthing cocoon, spiderlings are independent. They run off in every direction, settling into your home’s nooks and crannies. Sound bad? It is. A single spider laying a single egg sac can result in thousands of baby spiders living in your home within a few short weeks.
Avoiding the Infestation: Spider Prevention
Now that you know which spiders will infest your home (and how), we can cover how to avoid them! The easiest way to prevent a spider infestation in your Dallas home is by keeping it as clean as possible. Without a food source or shelter, there’s no reason for a spider to call your home theirs. Keep food sealed up tightly so no other bugs are tempted, which removes the spider’s food source. Regularly sweep, vacuum, and clean up stationery items like couches, so the spider doesn’t feel comfortable settling down. Seal any cracks which they might slip through, including window seals, foundation cracks, and uneven doorways. Even your backyard can be a likely infestation spot. Trim vegetation and consider removing it from immediately outside the home. A bush underneath your window provides easy access to a climbing spider. Take all of these preventative steps, and you’re less likely to have spider infestations. Although if you need an exterminator, we’re here to help.
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