Spiders and scorpions alike cause many people to feel unsafe in their home
or business. At Miss Phoebe’s, we understand how scary spiders in
your home can be; however, the good news is that most of the spiders that
end up in Dallas homes cannot bite people. In fact, many spiders are beneficial
and can even help to control other pests.
Here are a few tips to best control spiders:
Keep insect and pest populations down in and around your home
Utilize weather stripping wherever you can and ensure tight seals
Keep your home clean and take down cobwebs
If you have an infestation of spiders in your home, then our targeted spider
service may be necessary. With this service, our trained spider pest control
exterminators will inspect the common areas spiders like and remove any
spiders found during the inspection. Miss Phoebe's is also equipped
to help homeowners with scorpions.
For a thorough inspection and spider removal service, call our local team today at
Did you know?
Miss Phoebe's general pest control services will help to reduce spiders
in and around your home. If you do not have a spider infestation or venomous
spiders but worried about the possibility, general pest control services
should help to keep spiders under control by keeping general pests controlled,
thus reducing their food source. During our general pest control service,
our professional technicians will take down any cobwebs from your front
and back doors while utilizing a special spider spray to help reduce future spiders.
Your Spider Experts Are a Phone Call Away
Spiders and scorpions are related in that they are both arachnids. While
spiders are quite common everywhere, scorpions are usually found away
from urbanized areas.
Most species of spiders do not attempt to bite people and many spiders
do not have fangs that can pierce the skin. However, some will, which
can result in painful swollen bumps. There is also a chance that a person
can have an allergic reaction to the venom.
Wolf Spiders are robust and agile hunters and have good eyesight. They
live mostly solitary lives and hunt alone. Some are opportunistic wanderer
hunters, pouncing upon prey as they find it or chasing it over short distances.
Others lie in wait for passing prey, often from or near the mouth of a burrow.
Their eyes reflect light well, and one way of finding them is to hunt at
night using a flashlight strapped to one's forehead so that the light
from the flashlight is reflected from their eyes directly back toward
Because they depend on camouflage for protection, they do not have the
flashy appearance of some other kinds of spiders. In general, their coloration
is appropriate to their favorite habitat.
Glossy black with a red hourglass marking on the underside of its abdomen,
it makes a strong, sticky irregular web in protected areas where prey
is likely to wander in and be trapped. Foundations, vents, shrubs, and
woodpiles at ground level are common habitats.
Their venom can cause concern for small children and older or infirm persons. Medical attention should
be sought if bitten. Some trap their prey in webs or snares; others are
active hunters that use excellent vision to stalk or ambush their food.
Virtually all spiders have poison glands that connect with the fangs.
Venom produced by the glands is used to kill or paralyze prey and in defense.
Only a few species, such as the black widow and the brown recluse, have
venom that is very toxic or harmful to humans.
A brownish spider with distinguishing characteristics of the presence of
three pairs of eyes arranged in a semicircle on the forepart of the head
and a violin-shaped, dark marking immediately behind the semicircle of
eyes with the neck of the violin pointing towards the bulbous abdomen.
This violin-shaped marking has earned it the name "fiddle-backed" spider.
It is found in undisturbed areas such as sheds, garages, and dark closets.
Garments left hanging for some time are favorite spots. The brown recluse
spider is not aggressive and normally bites only when crushed, handled,
Their bite causes a severe systemic reaction and an ulcerous sore, which requires extensive medical attention. Fatalities
are rare, but bites are most dangerous to children, elderly and those
in poor physical condition.
FIRST AID IF BITTEN:
Remain calm, collect the spider, if possible, for identification and get
medical attention immediately. Contact your physician, hospital and/or
Poison Information Center & apply antiseptic solution to prevent infection and ice packs to
relieve local swelling and pain directly to the bite area.
Steps to prevent encounters with spiders:
Shake out clothing and shoes before dressing and inspect bedding and towels before using.
Do not go barefoot or handle firewood without gloves.
Remove piles of trash, eliminate cluttered areas in basements, closets, attics, and other outbuildings.
Dust and vacuum thoroughly and more in normally undisturbed places.
Scorpions are arachnids, close relatives of ticks, mites, and spiders.
They are easily recognized by their characteristic shape. Scorpions prefer
dryland habitats, but they do occur throughout Texas. They can be a nuisance
when they interact with humans because they will sting when disturbed.
There are about 18 species of scorpions in Texas with an average size of
2-3 inches. They can inflict a painful, bee-like sting which may produce
a local reaction. Although Texas scorpions are not considered deadly,
the venom is a neurotoxin, and anyone stung should be watched closely
for adverse or allergic reactions.