Brown recluse spiders are a common intruder that invades our Texas homes during the winter season. The brown recluse spider is an active hunter that doesn’t rely on webs to capture their prey but instead hunts at night. During the day they will hide in dark places, favoring hiding inside linens and shoes. When they feel threatened they will bite and their bite can be life threatening or at the very least, leave behind nasty lesions. To help keep brown recluse spiders out of your home, A Five Termite & Pest Control will share a how to identify and control brown recluse spiders.
What Does a Brown Recluse Spider Look Like?
As stated, the brown recluse spider is a common species in the State of Texas and it is one of the most venomous species found next to the black widow spider. The brown recluse spider can get slightly larger than a quarter, including their legs. Both males and females are a light brown or tan color. Brown recluse spiders have a distinct violin shaped marking on their Cephalothorax, which is the part that the head and the legs connect to. This makes them fairly easy to identify.
What Attracts Brown Recluse Spiders?
Brown recluse spiders will invade homes, typically during the fall and winter season in hopes they find easier prey. Most spiders are not affected physically by the cold but their prey often will invade housing seeking food and shelter from the cold. When a home becomes heavily infested by cockroaches and other insects, brown recluse spiders will naturally come as well. To help control spiders, start by controlling their food source. Brown recluse spiders prefer to stay outside and will seek shelter inside garages or sheds. However, If they can find a stable food source they will venture indoors.
Brown Recluse Spider Prevention
When controlling any type of pest it is always best to start with removing or reducing a food source. Since brown recluse spiders feed on other spiders and insects you will first want to keep them out. A good start in controlling brown recluse spiders is by preventing other spiders or insects from invading your home. You will want to seal your home. Make sure there isn’t any small cracks or gaps large enough for them to pass through. Inspect the outside and inside of your home for cracks or gaps and seal them up. Windows and doors often are not fully sealed or the seals will wear down over time. Window screens and weather stripping may need to be replaced. Additionally it helps to keep the outside and inside of the home clean and clutter free. Many pests need shelter to hide so deny them that. It helps keep other pests down if you make sure there is no food sources for other insects or pests. Additionally, seek the aid of a professional pest control service to apply insecticide and pesticides around the outside and inside area of your home prone to insects or spiders invasions.
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