Texas has its own species of recluse spider; the Texas Recluse. There are about eleven species of recluse spiders found in America and many of them are found in Texas. The Texas Recluse can, of course, be found in Texas as well as in Mexico. As the Texas Recluse spider isn’t the most common species of recluse spider found in Texas, not too much is known about their toxicity. However, as most recluse spiders are rather toxic, the Texas Recluse should be avoided and controlled. A-Tex Pest Management will share more about this native species and how you can control the Texas Recluse.
What Do Texas Recluse Spiders Look Like?
The Texas Recluse spiders greatly resemble the Brown recluse spider and can be difficult to identify. The Texas Recluse spider is a yellowish tan color and shares the same violin marking on the thorax of the spiders. The violin marking is a trait found on most recluse spider species. The Texas Recluse spiders’ body size is about 1/3 of an inch. Including their leg span, they can range from 1 to 1 ½ inches in length. Another unique trait of the recluse spider family is that they have six eyes instead of the eight, and they are in a triangle configuration of three pairs.
Where Do Texas Recluse Spiders Live?
The Texas Recluse is able to live as long as four years and will feed on other spiders, moths, cockroaches, crickets and other smaller insects. Like all recluse spiders, the Texas Recluse likes to hide under large rock and in yard debris. When they invade homes they love to hide in boxes and in clothing. The recluse family is nocturnal. They hide during the day and hunt at night. Recluse spiders don’t rely on webs to capture prey but will build them. When they do, they are irregular and often messy looking. They tend to build their webs flat along walls, ceilings and tree trunks. Females rely on the webs to house their egg sac which can contain around 30 to 50 eggs inside.
How to Prevent a Texas Recluse Spider Infestation?
Controlling spiders is typically easily enough. Often you just need to prevent them from invading your home and deny them a food source. Recluse spiders will go where they can find food. By keeping a tight pest control program, you can help reduce your chances of having a recluse spider infestation. Start by maintaining a clean yard that is well maintained. Overgrowth, clutter and yard debris provides shelter for insects and spiders. By having a clean and well maintained yard, you can greatly reduce the amount of pests around your home. Next, prevent spiders and other insects from entering inside your home. It is recommended to have pesticide applied along the outside edges of your home and focused around windows and doors. Next look for small spaces or gaps where insects or spiders could slip through. You will want to fill in the gaps or repair windows or doorways that may not seal when closed. However, beware when shopping. Often recluse spiders will hide in fruit or in veggies. Sometimes they are brought inside the home from the grocery store. Or if you bring in a box from storage often recluse spiders will hide in boxes.
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