Venomous Spiders In Austin: How To Recognize And Stay Safe From Dangerous Arachnids

brown recluse spider on ground

Do you look at spiders around your home and assume they are dangerous? This assumption is common for most people who do not understand these pests. On a surface level, all spiders can bite and cause bodily harm. The truth is, though, only a few local species are truly dangerous to humans.

Today we will take time to talk about the dangerous spiders in Austin and how you can identify and deal with these pests in your home. Contact our team at Aries Pest Control if you would like to learn more about our spider control and advanced pest control methods. Our team will answer any questions you have about pest control in Austin and find a solution that will handle arachnids or other invasive creatures inside or around your home.

Distinctive Features: How to Identify Venomous Spiders At A Glance

There is no singular feature that dangerous spiders have that set them apart from other common spiders. Each dangerous spider is different and has different features that you can use to tell them apart. The good news is that only two species locally pose a direct threat to your health; the brown recluse and the black widow.

The brown recluse is a small, brown ground spider that has forward-facing eyes and a dark, violin-shaped mark behind its head. The black widow is a much larger, black, web-building arachnid with a bulbous abdomen and a red hourglass-shaped mark on its underside. Although less common than other local spiders, both of these pests can be found inside and around your home.

Do your best to identify them before they get a chance to bite. For help with identification, bring in our professional home pest control team for a thorough inspection. We will visit your property and find out for certain if the spiders around your home are a threat.

Venomous Spider Bites: Symptoms And Emergency Measures

One way to know if a spider is dangerous is by the symptoms tied to its bite. A bite from a wolf spider might cause minor pain, itchiness, and other mild symptoms.

A bite from a brown recluse will be moderate to extremely painful and will come with necrosis around the wound and a myriad of other symptoms, including fever, chills, and body aches. A black widow bite is not necrotic but is equally painful and comes with other symptoms, including nausea, irritability, restlessness, cramps, and general aches.

Fortunately, deaths associated with these spiders are practically unheard of in the United States. As long as you are quick to seek medical attention after an attack, you should not have anything to worry about besides uncomfortable symptoms and a fair amount of pain.

Professional Venomous Spider Removal: Safe And Effective Eradication

There should never be a time when you allow potentially dangerous spiders to live inside your house. To make sure these pests cannot get inside or deal with an active infestation, bring in Aries Pest Control.

We will start by thoroughly inspecting your home and property to identify what species you are dealing with. We will then inform you of your risk and recommend some treatments to remove active problems and prevent future infestations. All you need to do is contact our team. Let us make an appointment for you and your Austin property so that you can say goodbye to spiders for good.

Spider-Proofing: Tips For Preventing Dangerous Spiders In The Home

Now that you know more about the different types of spiders in Austin and which ones threaten your health, we think you should have some tools to keep spiders away. Here are a few pest-proofing tips to try in order to deter these invasive creatures:

  • Identify gaps, holes, and openings around your home’s exterior foundation. Fill in these potential entry points using some silicone caulk or liquid cement.
  • Repair and replace damaged window/door screens around your home’s exterior and do your best to keep unscreened windows and doors closed.
  • Address damaged weatherstripping and door sweeps in order to seal exterior doors and windows.

Reach out to our dedicated team at Aries Pest Control for more information about our spider control. You will likely find that investing in professional services is not only cost-effective but is the best answer to handle arachnids and other common pests in Austin.