Common House Spiders Found in Texas

Many pests love the warm weather and sunshine Texas provides. One of those is spiders. While many are content with living amongst humans, we are not so comfortable having to share our private space with any eight-legged arachnids, especially, when we are unsure of whether they could be harmful.

Most spider bites aren’t strong enough to harm humans because their fangs are too small. All, except for the black widow and brown recluse. Their poison can cause nerve damage, which could result in death if left untreated.

To help you identify some of the spiders you see hanging around your home or workplace, we’ve included a list of some of the most common house spiders found in Texas.

Black House Spider – Adults average to be 1/2 inch in body length and are dark brown to black with a textured appearance. They spin webs in secluded areas such as window framing, eves, gutters, brickwork, sheds, rocks, and bark.

Wolf Spider – Relatively large, they range in size from 1/4 to 2 inches long, are hairy, and greyish-brown with a Union Jack impression on their back. Wolf spiders are commonly found indoors in dark, moist areas near sheds, garages, and basements. These spiders do not spin a web. They stalk and hunt their prey in open grasslands, fields, suburban backyards, wooded areas, and around streams, lakes, and marshes.

Hobo Spider – Females are 1/2 to 2/3 inches, and males are smaller at 1/4 to 1/3 inches. They are brown with a zigzag (herringbone) pattern on the top of the abdomen with evenly colored, hairy legs with no rings around them. Hobo spiders typically live in dark areas near flower beds, beneath rocks, woodpiles, and around the foundations of houses. Indoors, you will discover them living in your basement and in dark recesses like corners. They are not great climbers and usually stay at ground level.

Brown Recluse Spider – Also known as violin spiders because of the dark brown violin-shaped marking located on their cephalothorax. Instead of eight eyes, a brown recluse has six that are arranged in pairs. They are about 3/8 inches in body length with light-colored legs. They make small webs in hidden places, but never out in the open. Indoors they can be found in basements, cardboard boxes, storage closets, shoes, and any laundry left lying in a pile. Outdoors, they seek shelter in woodpiles, garages, and sheds.

Black Widow Spider – Considered the most dangerous spider in North America, they got their name because the female will commonly eat the male after mating. Females are 1/2 to 1 & 1/2 inches long with a shiny black abdomen and red hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen. Males are about half the size with smaller bodies, longer legs, and yellow and red bands and spots on the bottom of their stomach. Outdoors you will find a black widow hanging on its web with its belly upward near woodpiles, debris, hollow stumps, rodent burrows, and in sheds, garages, and underneath stones. Indoors, they prefer the cluttered areas in basements and crawl spaces.

Funnel Web Grass Spider – Generally brown or grey with light and dark stripes close to the head and around 3/4 inches in length. Outdoors, they commonly build their webs on the ground, around steps, window wells, foundation, and bushes. It isn’t common to find a grass spider indoors as they prefer to be in tall grass, heavy ground cover, and on the branches inside of big shrubs.

Jumping Spider – You can identify these spiders by their tiny size and giant eyes. Instead of scurrying, they jump and quickly move around objects. You can find them in the cracks of hardwood floors, creases of drapery, bookshelves, and underneath furniture, doors, and window molding. These spiders are harmless and are helpful in removing pests.

While most spiders are timid and shy and do not seek to harm humans, many bites are a result of their webs being destroyed. If you have spiders living in your home or business, we can help you get rid of them. For more information on our pest control services or to schedule a consultation, please call Critter Control® of Dallas today at 817-222-1101.

Bat Removal Regulations

Possibly one of the most misunderstood animal species in the world, bats are incredibly beneficial to people and the earth in general. Bats typically consume 1/3 of their bodyweight in insects each night, with some bats eating upwards of 3,000 mosquitoes per day. Other species are effective pollinators in desert and tropical climates. The government recognizes that bats can be a nuisance to residential and commercial properties, and they recommend “bat-proofing” or bat exclusion methods.

Endangered Status

Both the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1956 protect the six federally listed endangered bat species. Federal law not only protects the bats, but their habitat as well.

State-threatened and endangered species are protected under state law, though regulations vary by state and bat population.

Additionally, international law protects bats. All bat species are protected in the United Kingdom, and it is illegal to possess, injure, or kill a bat. Violators are subject to fines and up to six months imprisonment.

Other Regulations

Most states require permitting for pest control operators, and additional permits are required for the taking of listed species only, if those bat populations present a health risk to humans.

Permits are required for wildlife rehabilitators to take in injured bats as well. Federal law prohibits the collection of bat carcasses of listed species, however.

Do You Have Bats in Your Home?

Bats commonly seek shelter inside attics when they need a place to nest and birth their young. It is illegal to remove bats while immature pups are present as they cannot fly, but we can work with you to create an exclusion plan that safely removes them as they mature. If you think bats have taken up residence in your home, call us today at 817.222.1101 to schedule a home consultation.

Raccoon Issues? How to Keep those Furry Bandits at Bay

Raccoon problems are an unfortunate problem for an increasingly large number of residents here in Dallas. They’ve become almost dependent on rifling through trash for food, which brings them too close to our homes and businesses for comfort. Though we recommend calling a professional if you have a raccoon infestation on your hands, there are measures you can take to help keep them at bay.

Light

Raccoons are most active in the evenings and at night because they prefer working in the darkness. By simply installing a motion activated spotlight or leaving the porch lights on at night, you’ll discourage raccoons from coming near your home.

Spook them with your Voice

Raccoons are naturally spooked by humans, so placing a weather-resistant radio on your property at night that is set to a talk-radio station is actually very effective for deterring them. Don’t worry about the radio causing a disturbance either, it doesn’t need to be loud to be effective.

Seal off your Garbage Cans

Because raccoons have great dexterity with their paws, they’re able to get into most garbage cans with ill-fitting lids. Cans are available with locking lids to keep the furry critters out, or you can place something heavy like a large rock or cinder block on top as a deterrent.

Eliminate Water Sources

In addition to food, raccoons need a source of water that’s easily accessible. If you have any pet bowls outside, consider bringing them indoors to help ward off any unwelcome visitors. Also check for standing water or leaky garden hoses. Eliminating food and water sources is the best way to prevent a raccoon issue.

If you’re dealing with raccoon issues on your property, we strongly advise against attempting to remove them on your own. Take the steps above to help keep them away, and call the raccoon removal experts here at Critter Control® of Dallas at 817-222-1101 today.

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The Critter Control personnel did an excellent job of determining what was in my attic, covering the holes with metal, painting with my paint that matches the house trim, and installing an exit trap for any remaining critters to escape. They returned to remove the trap once there was no action in the attic. They did a neat and professional job.

Animal Removal

Our focus is on removing the animal from your home in the most humane and safe way possible. We want to make sure your family is safe. We also make sure the animal is treated humanely and removed properly, abiding by the laws of Texas in dealing with household pests.

This is where our expert staff comes in. We’ve removed every conceivable kind of animal from Dallas homes. We handle snakes, rats, mice, raccoons, birds and armadillos. Critter Control® of Dallas is your best choice in animal removal.

If a wild animal has invaded your space, give us a call today at 817-222-1101. Let us remove the animal and return your home to a safe environment for your family. Call today to schedule your Free Animal Entry Home Inspection.

Wildlife Management

Critter Control is a full-service pest control company. Our integrated pest management systems include customer education, habitat modification, animal exclusion and animal removal.

We not only remove or exclude unwanted animals, but also completely follow up our work by repairing wildlife damage. It is our job to protect you and your property with permanent solutions to wildlife problems.

Screening vents, installing chimney caps and closing entry holes reduces the opportunity for pesky mice, raccoons, squirrels, and other animals to enter your home.

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