What You Want To Know If You Spot A Spider In Your Tarrant County Home
December 15, 2020
Would you pick and eat a random plant that is growing in the middle of the forest? Of course not! Why? Because you don’t know what effects it could have on your body. This same concept is true for spiders. When people spot these pests around their homes, they choose caution over recklessness to preserve their safety. What you might not know is that only a small percentage of spiders are dangerous. That said, you probably still don’t want them hanging around as houseguests. To help you identify these harmful pests in our area and keep spiders out of your Tarrant County home, here are a few things you should know.
Identifying Spiders Around Tarrant County
The majority of spiders people find around their homes are not dangerous and pose little to no physical threat to human health. They are, however, incredibly annoying and can cause a fright in even the toughest individuals. To help you better identify spiders around your Tarrant County property, here is a basic description and threat level of each.
The House Spider
The house spider is 3/16 to 5/16” long, yellowish-brown, and has a dirty white abdomen with several dark stripes meeting in its middle. This common home-invading pest poses no serious risk to humans but is a nuisance with their presence.
The Wolf Spider
The wolf spider is 1/4 to 1 ⅜” long, dark brown, and has pale, sometimes yellow markings covering its body. This scary-looking pest looks threatening but is about as dangerous as a bee. When interacting with this pest, make sure to keep your distance to avoid being bitten.
The Jumping Spider
The jumping spider is ⅛ to ¾” long, dark-colored, and typically has pale markings over its body. Considered the cutest spider, this small hopping pest has a bite that may cause itching, redness, swelling, and stinging pain.
The Black Widow Spider
The black widow spider is 1 ½ to 1 ⅜” long, black, and has a red hourglass symbol on the bottom of its bulbous abdomen. Considered to be one of the most dangerous spiders in North America, this larger arachnid has a bite that will send most people to the emergency room. If found inside your home, give this pest the respect it deserves and tread carefully.
The Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse spider is ¼ to ½” long, light to dark brown, and has a dark backward violin-shaped mark on the back of its head. Often mistaken for other area spiders, this small arachnid poses a serious threat to humans with its bite. Symptoms of a brown recluse bite include swelling, restlessness, fever, and an ulcer that forms at the base of the bite site.
6 Great Spider Prevention Tips
- Clean and declutter your home regularly.
- Repair damage to your home’s exterior by fixing loose or damaged siding and filling in gaps and cracks in its exterior with a caulking gun.
- Address moisture issues around your home.
- Make sure all of your window/door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps are in good working order.
- Sweep up webs as you find them around your home and property.
- Get a professional involved.
If you are looking for a reliable long term solution to potentially dangerous spiders, Ivy Green Pest Control is here to help. Our team has already helped so many other homeowners find freedom from these annoying pests, and they would be happy to do the same around your home as well.
Reach out today for any questions you have and schedule your Tarrant County home for a spider control service visit.