What are venomous pests?
Venomous creatures inject their venom into their victims by biting (spiders) or stinging (scorpions). Some of the most common venomous creatures to pose health risks to people in Texas are brown recluse spiders, black widow spiders, and bark scorpions.
Brown Recluse Spiders
These spiders have a “violin-like” pattern found on the top of their bodies, and they have 3 pairs of eyes that are distinctly arranged in a semi-circle.
Black Widow Spiders
Easily identifiable by an orangish-red “hourglass” marking on the underside of their abdomen, these spiders also have light red or white markings on their abdomen and backs. They also have round bodies that are shiny black in color.
Bark scorpions are light brown to brownish-yellow in color, with dark, lengthwise bands. Their slender tails are yellow to light brown in color. They also have elongated, thin pinchers.
Are venomous pests dangerous?
Venomous pests are dangerous. Not all venomous pests have venom that is strong enough to cause health concerns for people, but many do, including brown recluse and black widow spiders, and bark scorpions.
The venom from black widow spiders affects a person’s nervous system. The severity of symptoms depends on the location of the bite and how much venom is injected. A brown recluse's venom causes the tissue around the bite to ulcerate.
Bark scorpions have venomous stings that can negatively affect a person's health. Their venom can cause a fatal reaction, especially in children and the elderly.
In the case of a bite from a brown recluse spider, black widow spider, and bark scorpion, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Why do I have a venomous pest problem?
If you are experiencing a spider or scorpion problem in or around your home, it is because its environment is providing them with comfortable living conditions. Spiders are attracted to properties that offer them plentiful places to live and forage for food. Gardens, wood piles, heavy vegetation, and large populations of insects and other prey can attract venomous pests to properties. Bark scorpions are attracted to trees, walls, and objects with rough surfaces. Once on your property, it is usually only a matter of time until these venomous pests find their way inside while searching for food.
Where are venomous pests commonly found?
Outside, spiders are found living and creating their webs or burrows in gardens, shrubs, bushes, overgrown vegetation, tall grasses, between rocks and stones, and in woodpiles. These environments provide them with safe shelter and plenty of access to food.
Spiders and scorpions often find their way inside homes, garages, sheds, and other buildings accidentally while out foraging for food. They may also intentionally enter homes and other buildings to seek a more hospitable habitat. Inside, spiders and scorpions prefer to hide out in dark, quiet places like in the corners of closets, in basements, in boxes, in clothing and shoes, under bedding and furniture, in attics, behind wall voids, in crawl spaces, and underneath sinks. Scorpions can also be found in bathtubs and scaling the walls of dark spaces.
How do I get rid of venomous pests?
The easiest way to completely eliminate venomous pests and prevent a re-infestation is with the help of a professional. At Bug Head Pest Control our experienced professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and eliminate all the venomous pests living in your home or business, and prevent their return. If you are looking for exceptional pest control services for venomous pests in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, reach out to us at Bug Head Pest Control!
How can I prevent venomous pests in the future?
The following tips can help to reduce the chance of venomous pests being attracted to your Texas property and finding their way into your home:
Caulk cracks and crevices in your home's foundation and exterior walls.
Place weather stripping around exterior windows and doors.
Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.
Keep clutter to a minimum in storage areas.
Make sure door and window screens are completely intact.
Trim tree limbs away from the exterior of your home.
Remove excess piles of debris like wood piles, rock piles, and leaf piles from your property.
Maintain your lawn and keep your grass cut short.
Maintain gutters, and repair leaky fixtures and pipes.
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