Spiders aren’t insects, but arachnids and are known for their long spindly legs and intricate webs to capture prey, commonly insects and other bugs.
Scorpions are also in the arachnid family and although common in New Mexico and El Paso, do make appearances on hot summer nights in Lubbock. 80% of stings which can be quite painful, are reported from May – August.
Spiders and scorpions enter the home for shelter, although they may also enter for food if other insects are readily available indoors.
In Texas, there is such diversity of spiders, it is difficult to describe only a handful of species, although three worth mentioning are the brown recluse, black widow and tarantula family.
Behavior & Risks
Spiders and scorpions affect many people psychologically. Most species in the home are harmless, and actually help pest control for many other insects that serve as a food source. Nevertheless, at Bug Tech we understand the fear associated with arachnids and will remove any species, no questions asked!
Black widows and the brown recluse, do pose a serious threat to your family and pets, and should be treated with caution. Both species inflict bites that can be life threatening. Less common than many other species, black widows and brown recluses are in Lubbock, and at Bug Tech, we remove several each year.
Tarantulas are less common in Lubbock than in New Mexico, but may be present as more people own them as pets. Although Tarantulas are some of the largest spiders in the world, they are quite harmless in Texas. Tiny hairs on their bodies are used as a threat against predators and are thrown at victims which can cause a burning, itching rash to develop.
Identifying a Problem
At Bug Tech, we’ve been called out to remove a single spider from some homes! Often, seeing a spider is the first step towards regularly scheduled pest control, which can prevent many other pests. Seeing a spider often happens as the weather gets warmer and more insects enter the home.
More dangerous spiders like the recluse and black widow, often aren’t detected until it’s too late, after a victim has been bitten. Typically found in old boots, wooden sheds, wood piles, garages, basements and cellars, these spiders are invisible until we come into contact.
Other spiders will bite at night when we’re sleeping and cause minor skin irritation. But unlike bed bugs or the kissing bug, it isn’t for a blood meal. A bite will only be for protection. Allergic reactions can occur with bites from common spiders and may make a problem more apparent.
If bitten by a spider, always seek medical help first before you call for pest control!
Spiders are solitary compared to more social pests: ants, bees, termites, etc. Fortunately, due to their reclusive behavior, spiders rarely infest homes or are present in large numbers. Unlike other indoor pests such as roaches and ants, spiders aren’t attracted to human food, making them less likely to multiply. Spider infestations do happen, but typically when another infestation of a bug food source is present.
Spider problems are solved with our general pest control service. Chemical treatment does differ slightly from other common pests, in that we target a spider’s food source. The food source contains the chemical, once the spider eats the food source, it ingests the chemical which causes quick death. Spider outbreaks are otherwise very hard to eliminate, requiring a secondary target of the food source.
Scorpions are also solitary and the population is minimal in Lubbock. Rarely do they enter the home, scorpions are more likely to sting victims outside, such as at the pool or outdoor patio. Bug Tech will capture and remove a scorpion if one is present. Removal is the best action for scorpions.