One of the most common things we come across when treating homes and businesses is spiders. Spiders vary greatly in size and type but most spiders are harmless and are merely a nuisance. There are exceptions (such as the brown recluse or black widow) but these types are much less common. Many times a customer will think they have these more dangerous spiders when in reality they are seeing only common house spiders. Spiders are very beneficial to the environment and are generally docile. Banana spiders, for example, are incredibly intimidating due to their large size and scary appearance but are in reality great to have around as they will significantly reduce the fly and mosquito population in the area. Although there are more aggressive spiders out there, we don’t usually have to worry about them in Texas.
With that being said, we don’t want them in our houses and buildings. Spiders will typically occupy garages, outbuildings, eaves, and places indoors with high ceilings. This is because they generally choose a place with little to no human activity. Garages being the exception simply because they are easy to access using the gaps around garage doors.
A simple spray and removal of the web and nesting area will get rid of them. Spiders are best treated on a quarterly basis as they are resistant to residual sprays. This is why they are known as “contact insects”. Sprays are most effective when applied directly to the spider versus when they walk through it later. A thorough inspection and treatment of common hiding and nesting places can usually be all you need to keep these little critters under control. However, for more severe infestations, a full yard and perimeter treatment may be required to eliminate the issue.
Please give us a call if you need help eliminating your spider problem.