Texas is home to many pests, including spiders. The most common spiders that are a danger to Texans are Brown Recluses and Black Widows. But there are additional spiders that are worth mentioning as they are frequently seen by the locals. With that in mind, we at A-Tex Pest Management would like to briefly discuss the common spiders of Texas.
Common Spider Pests Found in Texas; Widow, Wolf, Crab, Grass, Jumping, Cellar, Orb Weaver Spiders & More
Brown Widow Spiders: Fond of indoor living, this lighter colored spider is even more passive and shier yet in comparison to their Black Widow cousins. This spider injects even smaller amounts of venom than black widows when it bites, but the venom is more toxic. Like black widows, they prefer undisturbed places. In the event you are bitten by them, it is strongly recommended you seek medical treatment as they are a threat to your health.
Carolina Wolf Spiders: Moving especially fast, these large spiders, especially females, prefer the outdoors, however, the males often come into the buildings to roam. Generally, these spiders will only bite but you must provoke them. They do have large fangs which can cause a wasp-like sting, so far the most part; you really have to go out of your way to getting bitten by a Carolina Wolf Spider.
Common House Spiders: Common house spider look much like brown widow spiders and are not timid towards people and do not have any qualms living in close proximity to humans. These spiders are not aggressive and are perceived as shy. In order to get bitten by a common house spider, it takes an excessive amount of provocation. Though the bite is fairly painful, it is not toxic; however, the site may itch and swell in the event they administer any venom.
Crab Spiders: Found on flowers where they ambush insects, Texas has several species of crab spiders and the giant crab spider is a roaming spider. These spiders use strength to tackle larger insects as marauders and are not web builders. Giant crab spiders look across between a tarantula and a wolf spider. Though their bites are similar to a bee sting, they are non-toxic to humans...
Grass Spiders: They like to make their homes in corners of my crafting funnel weavers. Generally, these spiders prefer to be outside, but when the weather starts to turn cold, these spiders will move indoors. Another shy spider, preferring to hunker down in their nests, the Grass Spider is a small to medium-sized spiders will roam. These spiders prefer to take flight and are not aggressive, though their bite can be mildly toxic.
Gray Wall Jumping Spiders: Gray Wall Jumping Spiders range in size from a dime and a nickel size and are colored a light tan to light gray. The females tend to be less flashy camouflaging into the area where the males may have fancy black trim. Perhaps the most common spider to bite humans the most often and these jumping spiders are a large family of spiders. On occasion, these spiders may come indoors to escape the heat but tend to stay outside. Though a few people are allergic to their bites, they are typically not an issue.
Long-Bodied Cellar Spiders: Fondly living outdoors, these spiders spin fairly sized webs where they hang upside down. Due to their similar appearance, a long-bodied cellar spider is often mistaken for daddy long legs. They are particularly skillful at catching flies and mosquitoes and rarely bite people.
Orb Weaver Spiders: With quite a few different orb weavers throughout Texas, the most familiar to the locals are the Black and Yellow Garden Spider. Their webs are rather enormous and they are often found on porches where they prefer to build in a breezeway. Though they may bite if provoked, it isn’t toxic.
Texas Recluse Spiders: Cousin to the Brown Recluse, The Texas Recluse is just as toxic. They prefer remaining outdoors to indulge in the Texas heat, favoring the warm weather. If bitten, medical attention is required.
Woodlouse Hunter Spiders: With a cream-colored hind body and maroon-ish front body, these spiders are especially frightening with their long fangs and bright colors. Not building any webs to catch their prey, they hunt; earwigs, sowbugs, and termites to name a few. These spiders will come indoors and but if disturbed; though their bites are not toxic, it does feel much like a bee sting due to their massive fangs.