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Spider Control Made Easy A Comprehensive Guide For Del Rio Homeowners Serving Del Rio, Eagle Pass & Surrounding Areas

Spider Control Made Easy: A Comprehensive Guide For Del Rio Homeowners

If you're like most Del Rio homeowners, every once in a while, you see a spider. You may see one run up your wall or across your floor. You may catch one sitting on the drain in your shower. You may catch one sitting in a web it's built in the space between a window and screen. If you'd prefer to have spiders stay outside of your home, you need to have a plan. To set up a plan, you need to know a few facts about common house spiders in Del Rio. Let's look at how spiders behave, why it is best to keep them out of your home, and how to spider-proof your exterior. We'll cover everything you need to know. We'll also tell you how your Gold Star Exterminators can make your job a lot easier. We are your local experts for pest control in Del Rio. When you have the solutions for all your pest problems. With that said, let's take a look at those common house spiders. 

Different spiders in Del Rio behave in different ways. Understanding how spiders are different can help you get control of them and keep them out of your home. The key areas of behavior to consider are hunting, feeding, and mating.

Hunting: All spiders are predators, and there are primarily two ways spiders catch and subdue their prey. The most common strategy is to set up a web. When a fly or crawling insect enters the web, it gets stuck. The spider moves across its web and binds its prey before it can get away. 

But some spiders don't use webs to catch prey. They actively hunt them. When these hunter spiders get close enough, they leap through the air, sink their fangs in, and administer venom to subdue their prey. While they have the ability to make web material, they use it for another purpose. 

These spiders establish locations of retreat. When needed, they back into their hiding place to protect themselves. They will often line the entry to their hiding place with web material to provide an even greater chance of eluding the creatures that prey upon them.

Feeding: All spiders eat protein and they get their protein from eating insects, bugs, and small animals. Web-building spiders that eat larger prey will need strong webs. For example, the threads of a black widow spider's web are so strong, they make a noise when you break one. So, you know these spiders aren't hunting for gnats. Spiders that don't use webs to catch their prey will need strong venom if they go after large prey. That is why the black widow spider has a potent venom.

Mating: All spiders are looking for a mate. They have to reproduce in order to continue as a species. Mating is serious business. The time when you'll likely see spiders most is when they're mating. Keep that in mind if you start seeingspiders everywhere. It indicates that you're about to start seeing a lot more because those spiders will create eggs after they mate. A single egg sac can have over 300 eggs in it. That is a lot of spiders!

So, what can we learn from these behavior patterns? How do they relate to spider control and prevention? As you work to remove spiders and keep them out of your home you need to consider webs, food sources, and eggs.

Webs: Spiders want to create webs in areas where webs already exist. If another spider made a web, it is an indication that there is a food source. It is a lot like a fisherman setting up next to another fisherman who has a bucket full of fish. Remove the webs and you'll deter the spiders.

Food Sources: Spiders want to live where they can acquire the food they need. If your home is free of pests, spiders won't have any reason to live with you. So, at the heart of spider control is general pest control.

Eggs: Spiders that create webs will create egg sacs in their webs. If you remove webs and crush egg sacs, you stunt spider populations. You also remove all of those tiny spiderlings as a food source because spiders eat spiders.

Do you see how it works? You have a lot of control over spiders when you clean up webs and address indoor pests. If you combine these tips with pest-proofing, you may say goodbye to indoor spiders. Before we hop into those preventative tips, let's quickly look at two troublesome spiders you don't want in your home.    

Spider Problems: Why You Don't Want These Arachnids In Your Home

Of all the spiders in the United States, only two kinds are considered a danger to humans. We mentioned one already. It is the black widow spider, which is one of several widow spiders in our state and in our country. The other is the brown recluse spider, one of several recluse spiders. Here are a few facts you should know.

  • Widow spiders come in two basic colors: Black and brown. Keep this in mind because a brown widow spider has venom that is equally as potent. When you're watching for widow spiders, also keep in mind that the nymphs don't look like adult spiders. For example, a black widow nymph does not yet have the defined red hourglass mark on the bottom of its abdomen. You definitely don't want these spiders in your home because their venom can cause severe flu-like symptoms. If bitten, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Brown recluse spiders are brown, but now all brown spiders are recluse spiders. One helpful way to tell brown recluse spiders from other brown spiders is that they don't have visible hairs. If you see a hairless spider that is about the size of a quarter (legs included), you're likely looking at a recluse spider. If you see a spider that is much smaller with a bulbous abdomen, that is probably a brown widow spider. Recluse spiders have a thin abdomen and a brown violin mark on the back. You don't want these spiders in your home because recluse spiders have venom that often causes necrosis.

Now that you know a bit about venomous spiders in Del Rio and what they look like, let's discuss how you can keep all spiders out of your home. At this point, you're probably motivated. Spider-proofing isn't easy work. Just keep these spiders in your mind as you tackle your spider-proofing tasks. 

Spider-Proofing: Tips For Preventing Spiders In The Home

The only way a spider can get into your home is if you let them. One way you let them in is by leaving gaps and holes for them to climb through. Here are the tools you can use to keep spiders out of your Del Rio home.

A Caulking Gun: You can use this tool to seal many gaps, cracks, and holes. It is particularly useful for creating a good seal around the frames of doors and windows.

Expanding Foam: You can get cans of this material and use them to fill in holes, recesses, and voids. It does a great job of filling cavities and making holes impassible.

Weatherstripping: It is a simple task to pull old weatherstripping out and insert new stripping. You don't have to cut and fit it in place. Weatherstripping is ready to install, and great for keeping spiders out.

Door Sweeps: Just like weatherstripping, a door sweep will stop a spider in its tracks and is fairly easy to install.

Screens: Whether you repair the screens on doors and windows or replace the screens entirely, this is a task you don't want to miss. Spiders often get into the void between windows and screens.

Spider-proofing is a long-lasting and sustainable way to prevent spiders from entering your home. When you combine it with web removal and general pest control, spiders aren't going to want to live with you.  

Professional Spider Control: When To Call In The Experts

Now that you know how to manage spiders, when is the right time to call a pest control expert? Is it when you start finding black widow spiders or brown recluse spiders in your home? We hope you don't wait that long. Anytime is the right time to get started with pest control for your Del Rio home. Pest control deals with the pests spiders eat. When you have fewer pests around your home, guess what else you'll have fewer of? That's right. Spiders. 

And your pest control will also come with web removal so that spiders aren't hatching by the hundreds near your home. You'll also get routine perimeter treatments to stop pests from entering your home. If you want a spider-free home, there is no better solution than to get year-round pest control for your home. We can help you with that. Contact Gold Star Exterminators and ask us about our service options, or schedule a service visit. There is no time like the present to say goodbye to spiders forever. Connect with us today!

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