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What You Need To Know About The Tarantulas In Del Rio

Serving Del Rio, Eagle Pass & Surrounding Areas
a tarantula crawling in a garden

Tarantulas can be intimidating, with their oversized features and big hairy bodies, but there’s a lot more to them than looks. At Gold Star Exterminators, we provide homeowners with ongoing support against tarantulas and other local spiders. Our Del Rio pest control offerings can help keep tarantulas out of your home. For more information on how we can service your home, please visit our residential pest control page. And for a few quick tips on tarantulas, we hope that the following guide provides you with the information that you need.

The Docile, Not Deadly Tarantula

Tarantulas might be one of the scariest-looking pests in the Del Rio area. They are approximately the size of a mouse, even bigger in some cases, and they have large, thick legs that give them an even greater reach. Tarantulas are also covered in dark-colored hair that gives their appearance a very ferocious reputation. Unlike other local types of spiders like the brown recluse and black widow, though, tarantulas are actually not considered harmful to a person’s health. They might deliver a bite, but in most cases, it feels like getting stung by a bee. Sometimes the bitten areas become swollen and red, but that is usually the extent of allergic reactions. For people who do encounter tarantula bites, they should wash the area with soap and water to clean it out thoroughly. Next, apply hydrocortisone cream and consider a pain reliever to reduce swelling and itching.

FAQ: Tarantulas In Del Rio

Tarantulas might look intimidating, but are they?

Here are a few FAQs about these pests:

  • Why do I have tarantulas? Like many other spiders, tarantulas are attracted to the presence of other pests that they eat, as well as moist and secluded conditions. 
  • When are tarantulas active? These spiders are nocturnal, which means they are typically on the hunt at night. 
  • Are they dangerous? Tarantulas are not considered dangerous spiders and are typically very calm, which is why so many people have them as pets.  
  • What’s the best way to keep them out of the house? Start by caulking up gaps in foundations and installing weather stripping around loose doors.

For more information on tarantula and other spider control services in Del Rio, contact Gold Star Exterminators today.

Where Tarantulas Most Frequently Build Nests

As the world’s largest species of spider, tarantulas need a lot of space to build their nests, which is why they usually look for desolate places around properties and inside of homes. They also need access to a steady food supply, which is why they end up in these places as well. Tarantulas usually build their nests in burrows in the ground. These nests serve as ideal hiding places for tarantulas until they come out to hunt at night. Sometimes they have to abandon their burrows, which can drive them inside and into other areas of properties, which might include attics, amidst insulation, in hidden corners of basements, crawl spaces, underneath porches, in eaves and sheds, and surrounded by yard debris.

Tarantula Control For Del Rio Residents

While tarantulas are not a particular threat to Del Rio homeowners, keeping them off of properties is important nonetheless. At Gold Star Exterminators, we have the experience and training required to address these frightening pests. We are a company with over 50 years of experience and our entire team is licensed and receives monthly education. We put this knowledge into practice when treating local homes for tarantulas.

The services that we offer for tarantulas and other different species of spiders in Del Rio can either be given as a one-time visit or on a recurring monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly basis. During these visits, we remove all spider webs and perform exterior perimeter sprays. We also have the option of interior baseboard treatments as well as slow-release granular treatments, which can be effective against tarantulas.

For more information on our residential and commercial pest control services in Del Rio, please click here or call us at 830-490-1566 today.