Get Rid of Spiders

Some people have a mild aversion to spiders while others experience severe anxiety (called arachnophobia). Most house spiders in the Austin area are harmless to humans. But spider control is necessary in Texas, even if spiders don’t bother you, to help protect you from venomous species such as the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow.

Why Do Spiders Come Inside my Home?

Spiders enter your home seeking food and shelter. They hunt insects like flies, moths, ants, and cockroaches, and prefer dark, secluded areas.

The YardDoc Spider Control Philosophy

We believe every creature is an integral part of the ecological community. Spiders, in particular, play an essential role and that’s why we take a holistic approach to pest control. Part of our spider control method for Austin homeowners is to create barriers between the yard and your house, and make your property unattractive to spiders.

How to Get Rid of Spiders

  • Step 1: Exterminate spiders inside your home.
  • Step 2: Make your property uninviting to spiders. This may involve weed control, lawn care, cutting back landscaping that touches the exterior siding and roof, and removing or repackaging storage items (indoors and out).
  • Step 3: Seal exterior entry points like cracks or gaps around door and window frames.
  • Step 4: Get ongoing spider control that accompanies organic pest control services to limit spider food sources.

It isn’t possible to keep all spiders away, all the time. However, our pest control techniques keep most of them at bay and prevent a spider infestation.

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Common Austin, TX Spider Species

Most types of spiders are harmless and only bite when they or their web is threatened. Spiders have poor eyesight, so if you try to brush away their web, they may mistake you for prey or a predator. The spider bites of most species aren’t deadly, but can cause swelling, red bumps or rashes, and discomfort. Some people experience a mild allergic reaction to a non-venomous spider bite.

Some spiders in the Austin area are venomous, however, and the Texas climate is ideal for these lethal spiders. Knowing which species of spider has invaded your home can help keep you safe.

House Spider

Spider Control - Austin, TX - YardDocThe House Spider is a common term for spiders that prefer living indoors. Most are orb weavers that build large, often unattractive spider webs. House Spiders might bite you during an encounter, but won't harm you unless you have an allergic reaction.

The challenge with house spiders, and one reason why spider control is so important, is because they grow quite large and live a long time. They attract predators (other pests and insects) that damage your property, can create health risks, and that you don't want inside your home.


Cellar Spider

The Cellar Spider is also known as Daddy Long Legs

What Do They Look Like?

Cellar Spiders are light brown with legs five to six times longer than the length of their body (which is why their common name is Daddy Long Legs). They are sometimes mistaken for the Brown Recluse and nicknamed the ‘Skull Spider’ because their body’s shape resembles a human skull.

Web and Habitat

Cellar Spiders favor dark and secluded places. This spider weaves loose, irregular-shaped webs. The word ‘cobweb’ comes from the Cellar Spider, because they steadily build new webs, cobbling them onto older webs. These spiders cannot survive cold weather, which is why they seek food and shelter in houses.

Are They Dangerous to Humans?

The jaws or fangs of the Daddy Long Legs are too small to pierce human flesh and their venom is non-toxic to humans.


Grass Spiders

American Grass Spiders live outside your houseWe include Grass Spiders in our list of Austin spiders because you may notice them outdoors and become concerned they'll come inside. Rest assured, this species almost never wanders indoors.

What Do They Look Like?

The American Grass Spider is a tan-colored spider with two parallel black stripes running down their thorax, and black and yellow markings on their abdomen. They are sometimes mistaken for Wolf Spiders. The males range in size from 5 to 9 mm while the females grow to between 19-28 mm.

Web and Habitat

These spiders build small, sheet-like, concave webs. There is a tunnel or funnel-shaped entrance off the side. The American Grass Spider derives its name because it builds webs in tall grass. They also live and hunt in ground covers, hedges, and brush piles or shrubs.

Are They Dangerous to Humans?

A grass spider's fangs are too small to pierce your skin, making them harmless to humans.


Brown Recluse

The Brown Recluse spider is dangerous to humans

What Do They Look Like?

The Brown Recluse Spider grows between 6 to 20 mm or larger. Coloring ranges from white to brown to grayish black. The head and thorax are not always the same color.

Web and Habitat

The brown recluse roams around in search of prey. Their webs appear disorganized and are often at ground or floor level. It make its home in woodpiles and sheds outdoors, and closets, cardboard boxes in storage, and other undisturbed locations indoors.

Are They Dangerous to Humans?

You may not notice a Brown Recluse spider bite at first, but it's hemotoxic venom is a serious health threat including necrosis of the skin or dermonecrotic lesions. People with a compromised immune system, children, and the elderly are at high risk. If you suspect a Brown Recluse spider bite, seek immediate medical treatment.


Wolf Spider

The Wolf Spider lives near the floor

What Do They Look Like?

The undersides and the abdomen of the Carolina Wolf Spider are solid black. They have enormous eyes used to reflect light. The length of the female is usually around 25 mm, while the males are about 19 mm.

Web and Habitat

This species of spider do not create a web. Rather, it roams its hunting grounds in search of prey. Unlike other species of spiders, the Wolf spider is a poor climber and lives on the ground. They prefer hiding under natural shelters such as rocks. When they enter a house during colder weather, they stay at floor level.

Are They Dangerous to Humans?

Peoples' reactions to spider bites vary. Those who experience a bite from the Wolf Spider often liken it to a bee or wasp sting. A bite from this spider can cause necrotic lesions in some individuals.


Black Widow

The Black Widow spider bite is rarely fatal but it often causes a serious reaction

What Do They Look Like?

The Black Widow spider is the most venomous species of spider in North America. Almost everyone can identify a female Black Widow as dark brown or solid black with an orange or red hourglass-shaped mark on the underside of the abdomen. Males often exhibit red or red and white markings on the upper side of the abdomen.

Web and Habitat

Black Widow spiders usually construct webs close to the ground. Leaves and other debris will often become entangled in them. Their webs have no symmetry to them and appear tangled and crisscrossed. These spiders prefer living close to the ground in low-level shrubs, woodpiles, and other dark, undisturbed spots. When they make their way inside, they hide behind furniture, the underside of desks, or in crawlspaces and basements.

Are They Dangerous to Humans?

A bite from a female Black Widow is dangerous to humans because of her large venom glands. Despite a notorious reputation, the bite is rarely fatal but will be painful. Medical treatment can involve administering a muscle relaxant and medication to reduce high blood pressure. For more serious reactions, healthcare professionals may use an anti-venom.

Get Help for Your Spider Problem

Let a YardDoc pest technician help identify the spider species invading your home and implement a solution for spider control. We can also help you with rodents, critters, roaches, bed bugs, ants, mosquitoes or mosquito traps, grubs, millipedes, asian beetles, wasps, scorpions, termites (drywood and subterranean), and more.

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YardDoc serves Travis County communities including Austin, Barton Creek, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Lakeway, Leander, Lost Creek, Pflugerville, Rollingwood, Round Rock, Spanish Oaks, Spicewood, Steiner Ranch, Tarrytown, and West Lake Hills.