Houston's Most Common Spiders

August 20, 2019


The world is filled with spiders. They live in the ground. They live in trees. They live inside man-made structures. There are so many spiders in the world, it is likely that you've never been more than 10 feet from a spider in your entire life. Fortunately, most spiders are harmless and the vast majority of spiders stay out of sight, only leaving webs as a sign that they are inside your home. But when spider populations rise inside your home, they make their presence known. You may find a spider sitting on the drain of your tub. You may run into a spider when you go up into your attic to grab a box out of storage. More importantly, you may get bites while you sleep. Let's talk about some of the spiders you might run into inside your Houston home and what you need to know about them.

garden spider hanging on a web outside a houston tx home

Common House Spiders

As the name implies, these are the most common spiders that get into our homes. It is important to understand that the term "common house spider" can refer to a group of spiders that commonly get into homes or it can refer to the American house spider known scientifically as Parasteatoda tepidariorum. It is likely that every home in the U.S. has American house spiders. Spider reduction is key to preventing bites. 

Cellar Spiders

Many spiders that creep in your cellar prefer to stay in your cellar. Bites from these spiders are very rare. Some don't bite at all.

Garden Spiders And Orb Weaver Spiders

These spiders prefer to stay outside and only get in occasionally. Your Houston home doesn't provide the moisture or plentiful food sources these spiders are looking for.

Wolf Spiders

These big, hairy spiders prefer to be outside but commonly get into our homes. When they get in, they stay in secluded areas and hunt for bugs. They can bite, and a bite from one of these spiders can have localized pain.

Brown Recluse Spiders

This is a serious home infesting spider because its venom can cause necrosis, a rotting of skin tissue. While only a small percentage of brown recluse bites have severe necrosis, it is best to err on the side of caution when it comes to finding these spiders in your home.

Black Widow Spiders

This famous spider is known for its powerful venom which can be fatal. Fortunately, fatalities are rare in this modern age of fast access to medical facilities. It is, however, quite unpleasant to receive a bite from a black widow, even if you don't die from it.

Spider Control In Houston

Every home that doesn't have a quality pest control program definitely has spiders. Some homes that have a quality pest control program still have spiders, but they have a lot fewer spiders and much less of a risk for bites. If a home is sealed well and has proper pest-related maintenance around its perimeter, it is possible to achieve a spider-free home through the support of routine pest control services. If you need assistance achieving the best possible results for your Houston home, reach out to Romney Pest Control. Our licensed and experienced professionals are looking forward to assisting you with this important protection for your health and your property.




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