While there is an impressive collection of large and intimidating spiders down here, the only ones you are likely to run across that are a threat are black widows and brown reculse.
While I have not seen either one myself, several gardeners in neighborhoods not far from me report finding the black widows near the home foundation while they are out in the garden. Brown Recluse spiders prefer to hide in rarely worn clothing. You’ll find them when you put the clothing on. Both spiders like garages and other dark, rarely occupied locations. ( Pots, unused garden furniture, foundation crevices )
Black widow spiders are about 1/2″ to 1.5″ in size, shiny black and have a red hourglass shape on the underside. The webs are compact and dense. The bite hurts less than a bee sting to start. You’ll have two tiny holes where she bit you. Symptoms appear 1 to 3 hours later.
Brown reculse spiders are about 1/2″ to 1.5″, counting the leg area. They are light brown and have three pairs of eyes in a semi circle on its forehead. Females have a black violin shape on their backs. Webs are irregular. This guy’s bit you will feel first as a sting, then by intense pain. Other symptoms appear over the next 24-36 hours.
Brown recluse spiders move into warm homes for the winter in the Houston area.
Either one of these spiders bites you, make a trip to the local ER. Probably you will be just fine, but unless you know that for sure, get yourself examined.