Spiders in the Texas Panhandle

Amarillo spiders include the poisonous black widow spider, the large Orb Spiders, common house spiders, the crippling fiddleback spider (also known as a brown recluse) and big ugly Wolf Spiders. Our Guaranteed spider control service covers all these common household spiders. And spiders are not easy to control! However PBK developed a spider control all its own.

What you should know about controlling spiders:

Spiders are not like other pests. For starters, they are not insects, but arachnids. Spiders also have different habits. All spiders prey on insects. Most are hunters equipped with fangs and poisonous venom. Spiders should not be treated lightly even if their venom is not lethal. Spider bites are painful and may cause health concerns. So get help.

Why are spiders difficult to control?

Spiders walk on the tips of their eight legs and keep their bodies away from most surfaces. They also do not groom themselves like most insects. This makes it difficult for most products to work effectively on spiders. Many pest control products labeled to for spider control may kill spiders with direct contact, but are rendered useless when it comes to residual control of spiders. Only a few products are effective in controlling spiders long term. For this reason many professionals struggle to find a good spider control solution. In fact, a good number of exterminators will say, “the only way to control spiders is to eliminate their food source,… the other pests.” …WRONG!

If you want to get rid of your spiders then get more then just general pest control, get spider control! While getting rid of the rest of the bugs (what spiders eat) will help to get rid of spiders, this is not the only solution and certainly not the best spider control solution. In fact, using regular pest control methods to get rid of pests, and eventually starve the spiders, isn’t a spider control solution, it’s a general solution. And a spider isn’t just any ole’ pest.

What’s our spider control solution? How do we get rid of spiders? How can we guarantee spider control when others can’t? Call us and we will be happy to tell you more about our unique spider control!

Black Widow Spider

Panhandle Bug KillersCharacteristics

Size: These venomous spiders are usually a 1/2 inch in length, with a shiny black body, long thin legs and large oval abdomen. Females typically exhibit a red "hourglass" pattern on the underside of the abdomen, but this is not always the case.

Color: Usually shiny black but may also be various shades of brown or mottled brown and white.

Habits: The black widow spider weaves a very strong but formless and erratic web close to the ground and can often be found in drain pipes, under outhouse toilet seats and beneath logs and rocks. The tips of the spider's legs are oily to prevent it from becoming stuck in its own web. It can usually be found hiding belly up in its web waiting to catch prey.

Diet: Both males and females construct webs to capture their prey, which includes flies, moths and crickets and may also consist of reptiles and other small animals. Their fangs inject venom as well as digestive juices into the prey. This method not only kills the prey, but also liquefies its flesh so the spider can eat it more easily.

Panhandle Bug KillersReproduction: A female black widow can produce up to nine egg sacs with an average of 300 to 400 eggs in each sac. The sacs are about 1/2 inch in diameter and have a smooth surface. The newly hatched spiderlings emerge from the sac and remain close to it for a day or two. Although they are not poisonous, they are cannibalistic and will often eat one another. After a few days the spiderlings climb to high points, release a strand of webbing and propel themselves to other locations in a process known as ballooning.

Other Information: The black widow spider is the most dangerous North American spider because they inject a neurotoxin when they bite, the effect of which can be serious and even fatal. A bite results in extreme pain and cramping that can take several days to diminish. Many people are bitten when they pick up a log or other item the spider is hiding under.

Fiddleback Spider

Panhandle Bug KillersCharacteristics

Size: Though they can vary in size, fiddleback spiders are typically about the size of a US quarter.

Color: Fiddleback spiders, also known as brown recluse spiders, are light to dark brown spiders with very long legs and short hairs covering the legs and body segments. On the top of the body there is usually a pattern that resembles a violin.

Habits: The fiddleback spider uses its silk only for lining its retreat and for covering its eggs. It does not use the web to catch its prey. It spins a loose, irregular web of very sticky, off-white to grayish threads. The fiddleback spider is very capable of biting humans, and its cyto-toxic venom causes tissue death at the bite site, which can lead to a large, infected, and lingering wound. The fiddleback spider commonly lives inside structures, hiding within clothing, behind furnishings, and in attics and wall voids. They prefer to remain in areas of low activity and are not aggressive, biting only when provoked and threatened.

Diet: The fiddleback spider is a hunter and comes out at night to search for insects.

Reproduction: Females lay about 50 eggs that are encased in a silken sac. Each female may produce several egg sacs over a period of several months. Spiderlings emerge from the egg sac within a month. It takes an average of one year to reach the adult stage. They live about one to two years.

Other Information: Fiddleback spiders can survive up to six months without food or water. The lesion from its bite is a dry, blue-gray or blue-white, irregular sinking patch with ragged edges and surrounding redness - termed the "red, white, and blue sign."

Wolf Spider

Panhandle Bug KillersCharacteristics

Size: Wolf spiders vary in size from small species with only one inch leg spans to large ones whose legs may stretch out 5 inches.

Color: Wolf spiders are long legged and covered with short hairs, gray to brown to dark brown in color, and have several darker stripes.

Habits: Wolf spiders are large, hairy spiders not associated with a web. In fact, they only use silk for lining their nest and covering their eggs. They are very mobile, very fast, and very aggressive when threatened. Smaller species have been knows to run across the water of a swimming pool, suspended on the surface tension of the water. Retreats for the spiders are holes in the soil, under debris on the ground or within woodpiles. They commonly enter structures and can be found running across floors or walls as they search for food.

Diet: Wolf spiders are hunters and hunt for insect prey under cover of night.

Reproduction: The female constructs an egg sac of white papery silk, which she carries around attached with strong silk to her spinnerets. When the spiderlings hatch, they are carried around on the females back until they are ready to disperse by ballooning to the ground.

Other Information: Wolf spiders are often confused with the brown recluse, but they lack the violin-shaped marking behind the head. The wolf spider is shy and runs away when disturbed.