Fall is a beautiful time of year. It is also one of the busiest times of the year for pest control. The cooler weather with the increase in rainfall mean pests are on the move. For the greater Austin area, the big concern are spiders as fall is the time of year when both the brown recluse and the black widow are more likely to move indoors.
Spiders in Texas
There around 900 species of spiders in Texas and while that is creepy, only two of those pose a medical threat. Those are the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. Both spiders are shy. In fact, the brown recluse usually bites only if there is a threat.
Homes and Spiders
As the cooler and then colder weather sets in, homes become a beacon to pests that require warmth to survive. We keep our homes heated in winter and cool in summer and insects are well-equipped to locate heat and warmth during the cold season. This is one of the reasons so many pests try to live in your home.
Spiders are no different and they sense the warmth and move right in with you. Both the brown recluse and the black widow prefer to live in dark and undisturbed areas. This trait is one of the reasons you find either spider in attics, behind furniture, under beds, and in clothing in the back of your closet. Those areas are places where people do not venture often and that makes these spaces an ideal living spot for spiders. Further, places like your closet might attract insects such as carpet moths and other food sources for the spider.
The Ongoing Drama of Spiders
Once a black widow of brown recluse has found an ideal spot, they tend to stay. This means that over time, their population begin to increase as the females lay eggs and small spiders emerge and disperse. An attic that is rarely used, an out building that you hardly visit, an old camper you use only on occasion are all prime locations for both black widows and the brown recluse. In short, infestations of spiders are not seasonal, they are ongoing.
Managing Spider Infestations
The insect cycle is such that spiders are an issue all year long. It is not just a big problem once they are established. For example, in the early summer when the wolf spiders breed, the males go roaming about looking for mates. They often find themselves in homes. The Long-legged cellar spiders are primarily indoor spiders and by late spring and early summer have begun to reproduce by the hundreds. It does not take long for spiders to make their presence known.
We help business owners and homeowners manage spider populations year round and that includes both the brown recluse and the black widow. For more information about spider control give us a call. We are happy to talk with you about ongoing service or one-time control for pests. We offer comprehensive pest control and expert knowledge to our clients throughout the greater Austin Area.
Do you need pest control? Don't wait. Call Robert's Pest Control now at (512) 444-0132.