1. What Kind of Spiders Are In Austin?

    Spiders can be controversial. Ask around and you'll have people who love spiders and protect them and those that just want to make them go squish. And don't get us started on the fact that spiders aren't classified as "bugs" or insects. They're arachnids! They are in the same class as scorpions and ticks. But we'll save the life science study for another time. So whether you see them as blessing o…Read More

  2. Insects in Austin, TX

    Hundreds of people are moving to Austin to join our large population ... of bugs. People often research neighborhoods, schools and cultural attractions but a city's insect levels and activity may not be included in that pre-move investigation. We published a detailed Austin insect list previously, but here is a quick primer of pests our customers often encounter in their Austin homes: American Roa…Read More

  3. Getting Rid of Spiders

    Austin — and in particular some of the more rural or woody suburbs like Manchaca, Buda, and West Lake Hills — can have a significant spider population. The vast majority of these spiders are harmless but a few, like the black widow or brown recluse, can inflict painful and dangerous bites. Preventing Spiders One of the best methods to control spiders is prevention. Like most bugs, spiders like…Read More

  4. Brown Recluse Spider?

    The brown recluse spider has a violin shape on its head segment with the neck of the violin pointing toward the abdomen. It has six eyes arranged in pairs, with one pair in front and a pair on either side of the head. Both male and female are venomous, however the spiders are very timid. Its body is not more than 3/8″ long. Both the legs and the abdomen are uniformly colored. The recluse is name…Read More

  5. Wolf Spiders

    Wolf spiders are one of the most common spiders and are considered beneficial because of the pests that they consume. They do not spin webs but are active hunters in your yard at night. These spiders are often misidentified as brown recluse but are generally not harmful and will only bite if handled or provoked. If you shine a flashlight into your yard at night you may see the sparkles of the wolf…Read More

  6. How to Identify the Brown Recluse Spider

    The brown recluse spider  has a violin shape on its head segment with the neck of the violin pointing toward the abdomen.  It has six eyes arranged in pairs, with one pair in front and a pair on either side of the head.  Both male and female are venomous, however the spiders are very timid.  Its body is not more than 3/8" long.  Both the legs and the abdomen are uniformly colored.  The r…Read More