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Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders: DIY Tips for the Greater Austin Area

Pest Control | November 3, 2017

Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders

Two of the most feared and famous spiders in Texas are the black widow and the brown recluse species. There are many things that bite us and much of the time people relate those bites to either of these spiders. This blog discusses how you can help yourself and your family prevent bites from both the black widow and the brown recluse.

Different Spiders, but They Share Common Habits

There are only a few species of spiders in Texas that are considered medical-grade – That is that their bite requires medical attention or that they bring the risk of severe medical reaction and potentially death. Both the black widow and the brown recluse are on that small list. However, the key to avoiding their bites is found in understanding their behaviors.

Location

These are both spiders that like undisturbed locations and the majority of times when bites occur, we are in an area of our home or yard where we do not visit a lot. Those kinds of places include:

  • Attics
  • Garages
  • Sheds and Storage closets
  • Vehicles that are seasonal such as boats or campers
  • Piles of lumber or yard debris that sits for a while
  • Etc.

You get the idea. Maybe you are pulling down Christmas ornaments from the attic, or pulling out rainboots from the back of the closet. Those are both occasions for encountering either species of spider. Fall is also a time when these spiders might migrate into your home. They will relocate due to rain or if their webs/nests are disturbed. One of the key indicators of their presence is their webs. However, they might be present without a web if they are newly located.

What you can do to reduce the chance of being bitten:

  1. Be Aware – Look for webs, look under boxes and along box sides.
  2. Wear appropriate clothing – gloves and long-sleeved shirts are a good place to start.
  3. Check clothing before putting it on, especially gloves and shoes, but also pants and shirts.
  4. Check your shoes and gloves every time before putting on those garments.
  5. Don’t leave clothing on the floor where either spider might consider it an ideal place to make a home.

Both Spiders Are Shy

That is why the live in undisturbed locations. They are lurkers waiting for prey to become tangled in their webs. They do not set out each day to hunt humans. We are bitten because we are careless, and we invade their space – Stick our foot in a boot or a glove where one has taken up residence.

These Spiders Bite to Defend

These spiders bite to defend their webs or their egg sacks. They also bite if we hurt them such as putting our foot into a boot where one is living.

Nobody wants to live with spiders, let alone spiders with medical-grade toxins. However, by being aware of their potential presence and their habits you can often avoid their dangerous bites. For comprehensive control of spiders in your home, outbuildings, and even in your vehicles, turn to the professional pest control crew for the Greater Austin area. We work with homeowners, renters, and business owners to keep your space free of pests. Reach out to us with all of your pest control questions.

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