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Eliminate Spiders from your Home this Winter

If you have ever had a spider infestation, you know how serious a spider problem can be. You may have heard about some of the worst spider stories out there and felt anxious about the spider’s painful bite and what could happen to your family and children. Not to mention, the spider webs alone are annoying to deal with in your attic, basement, or storage areas.

Here, we’ll talk about what spiders to watch out for in the Midland area, how to kill spiders, which spiders to avoid, signs and dangers of spider bites in case it happens to you, and some things you can do to avoid and prevent spider problems in the first place.

Are Midland Spiders Dangerous?

Well, yes, they pack a dangerous bite, so it’s worth it to know about them and keep them at a distance. But not all of them are deadly. Black widows and brown recluse spiders are the most dangerous species in the Midland area. Keep in mind, though, that healthy adult humans rarely experience long-term effects from bites received from these spiders.

Most Dangerous Spiders in Midland

These spiders are commonly found in Midland and throughout the texas area. Watch out for these spiders. If you suspect you have an infestation of these spiders, be very careful around them, but as long as you don’t disturb their nest or web, you should be just fine.

Both of these spiders protect their eggs in egg sacs that can hold up to hundreds of eggs.

These spiders are solitary and generally wait for prey to come to them. They won’t go hunting for you, so no worries about that. If you have a spider infestation, stay calm and take action.

Black Widow Spider

  • Also known as the "Comb-footed" spider
  • Females can be 1.5 inches long
  • Females are larger than males and have a red hourglass shape on their bellies
  • Males are usually lighter in color and have red or pink spots or dots on their backs
  • Depending on the species, some of these spiders are brown
  • They make webs in dark, secluded places, such as basements, attics, woodpiles, etc.
  • The female’s bite is worse than the male’s. Female venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than rattlesnake venom. Despite this, bites rarely cause death in healthy human adults. (More details below)

Brown Recluse

  • Identified by the violin shape on their back
  • Usually about, or less than, 1 inch long, depending on the species
  • Weave irregularly shaped webs in basements, boxes, woodpiles, or other closed, tight places

Other Dangerous Spiders

  • Wolf Spider
  • Wolf spiders are found throughout the United States and are often mistaken for tarantulas because of their hairy legs. They have two dark stripes on their abdomens. They do not weave webs but prefer to chase after their prey. They don’t try to find their way into basements and prefer to stalk prey in the tall grass.

    Their bites are annoying, but not deadly. If a spider bites you, go to the hospital immediately. (See details below.)

  • Deadly Spiders Not Found in the United States
  • There are a lot of spiders out there that you don’t need to worry about too much. Some types of spiders are exotic and extremely poisonous, so they get a lot of press. But don’t let these things scare you. These spiders are probably not going to end up anywhere near Midland, Texas. But here they are, in case you want to look them up. If you’re like us, we like to learn about weird, exotic insects and arachnids.

    Brazilian wandering spiders are generally found in South America, redback spiders (or the Australian black widow) are found primarily in Australia, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand. Funnel-web spiders are typically found in Australia also. In fact, most of the deadliest spiders are located on or around Australia and South America, so no need to worry about them ending up in your front yard or basement.

    Spider Bites: Signs and Dangers

    If a spider bites you, always keep the offending spider with you, dead but intact, and go to the hospital. The spider will be useful for identification since there are over 31 species of black widows in the country and 11 different kinds of brown recluse species. Deaths by these kinds of spiders are rare in healthy adults, but more common in children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

    Black Widow Spider Bites

    Black widows rarely bite unless threatened and almost always do so in self-defense or when capturing prey. Black widows will bite and eat the males during their strange mating rituals, which is where they got the name. Black widows eat insects and other arachnids and keep a very solitary lifestyle when not mating.

    Watch for these symptoms:

    • Muscle aches
    • Nausea
    • Difficulty breathing (paralysis of the diaphragm)

    Remember, people rarely die or experience severe long-term damage from these spider bites. Take the dead but intact spider with you to the hospital for identification to help with treatment. The black widow spider venom attacks the nervous system, which is one of the causes of these symptoms.

    Brown Recluse Spider Bites

    Brown recluse spiders act just like their name suggests. They prefer to hide in their irregularly-shaped webs. Always be careful when searching through stored items. Watch for spider webs in storage boxes, woodpiles, cracks, and crevices.

    It’s a good idea to use gloves when pulling wood from the woodpile. Keep your firewood at least 20 feet from the house and 1 foot off the ground to prevent spider access. Get in the habit of storing your items in tightly sealed plastic bags or boxes.

    Watch for these symptoms:

    • Stinging. This pain may not occur directly after a bite from a brown recluse. Hours may pass before the bite is noticed
    • Blistering and swelling around the bite
    • Restlessness and fever
    • The venom is necrotic, which means it slowly eats away at flesh
    • Remember, take the dead but intact spider with you to the hospital for identification

    How to Get Rid of Spiders Yourself & Prevent Spiders from Coming Inside

    • Place glue traps in areas where spiders typically roam: basements, attics, storage areas, and other dark, secluded places
    • Turn off outdoor lights If spiders have no food source inside, they won’t be as tempted to come inside. By turning off the outdoor lights and covering the windows at night, flies and other insects won’t be attracted to your home, which won’t attract spiders.
    • Essential oils Peppermint oil has been proven to work as an effective spider deterrent. Consider purchasing an essential oil humidifier and keeping it in danger areas for spider activity. Put a few drops of peppermint oil in water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray along the baseboards, cracks and crevices, inside pantries, in your basement and attic, and everywhere you suspect spider activity.

    Professional Spider Control

    A major infestation is best handled by our pest professionals. When these do-it-yourself methods fail, Fox Pest Control is available to help you. Our products are children and pet-safe and are guaranteed to work so you don’t have to. Call today for a free estimate, and our Pest Professional technicians will create a plan specific to your home. Pest Control? Think Fox Pest Control.

    Posted on December 2, 2019.

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