Brown Recluse Spider
Brown recluse spiders, also known as violin spiders or fiddlebacks, are venomous spiders that are native to the southern and central United States. They are brown in color and have a distinctive violin-shaped marking on the head, which is how they got their common name. Brown recluse spiders have six eyes, as opposed to the eight eyes found in most spiders, and their legs are long and thin.
The venom of a brown recluse spider can cause a bite to become necrotic, which means that the tissue surrounding the bite begins to die. This can lead to the formation of a painful ulcer that may take several weeks or months to heal. In rare cases, a bite from a brown recluse spider can cause a severe reaction known as loxoscelism, which can lead to fever, chills, nausea, and even kidney failure.
Brown recluse spiders are usually found in dark, undisturbed areas, such as attics, basements, closets, and storage sheds. They are not aggressive and will typically only bite if they are accidentally disturbed or trapped against the skin. They are also known for hiding in clothing, shoes, and bedding.
Preventing brown recluse spider bites is largely a matter of being careful and being aware of the spider's habitat and behavior. Recommendations includes keeping a clean house, storing away clothes and shoes, sealing holes and cracks, using sticky traps, using a vacuum to remove spiders and webs, using a professional pest control company, and being cautious when reaching into dark, undisturbed areas.
If you suspect you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider, seek medical attention immediately and try to capture the spider if it is safe to do so, it can help a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and give the best treatment options.
Wolf spiders are a type of spider that are found all over the world. They are named for their hunting habits, as they actively chase down and capture their prey, unlike many other spider species that use webs to catch their food.
Wolf spiders have a distinctive appearance, with long, thick legs and a large, bulbous abdomen. They are typically dark in color and can range from brown to gray to black. They are also known for their large, prominent eyes, which are arranged in three rows. Adult Wolf spiders can reach around 1-1.5 inches.
Wolf spiders are ground-dwelling spiders that live in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, fields, and deserts. They are not aggressive and will usually only bite if they feel threatened. Their venom is not considered dangerous to humans, usually only causing a mild localized reaction such as redness, itching and some pain.
Wolf spiders are known to be swift hunters, and they can be found hunting during both day and night. They are also known for carrying their eggs sacs around with them and once the eggs hatch, the spiderling will also ride on their mother's back for some time.
Wolf spiders are beneficial as they help control pest insect populations. They can be controlled by reducing favorable hiding places (like piles of rocks, wood, etc) and using sticky traps. If a wolf spider is found inside the house, the best course of action is to catch it with a cup and release it outdoors, as they do not survive long inside and do not reproduce in houses.
Black Widow Spider
Black widow spiders are venomous spiders that are known for their distinctive black color and red hourglass-shaped marking on the underside of their abdomen. They are found throughout the United States and are common in the southern and western regions. Black widow spiders are known for their potent venom, which can cause a variety of symptoms, including muscle cramps, spasms, and pain. In severe cases, a bite from a black widow spider can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and even seizures.
Black widow spiders are typically found in undisturbed areas such as sheds, garages, and basements, and they often spin webs in corners or in areas with a lot of clutter. They also may be found in outdoor areas such as under rocks, logs, and in woodpiles. Black widow spiders are shy and will typically only bite when they feel threatened, although bites can happen when people accidentally touch or disturb their webs.
To prevent black widow spider bites, it's recommended to keep a tidy and clutter-free home and yard, use gloves when handling items in storage areas, using a vacuum cleaner to remove spiders and webs, using a professional pest control company, and being cautious when reaching into dark, undisturbed areas. If you suspect you have been bitten by a black widow spider, seek medical attention immediately.
It's important to note that not all black widow spiders have the red hourglass shape, as some subspecies or individuals may have different markings. Also not all bites cause severe symptoms, and some can be minor. A proper identification by a specialist will help determine the level of treatment required.
Huntsman spiders are a type of spider that are found in many parts of the world, including Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. They are called "huntsman" spiders because of their speed and hunting behavior; they are known for actively chasing and capturing their prey, rather than waiting for it to become ensnared in a web.
Huntsman spiders are known for their large size, some species can have a legspan up to 12 inches, and their long, slender legs. They are usually dark in color, ranging from brown to gray to black. Their body is usually flattened and they have a hairless, glossy appearance. They have 8 eyes arranged in two rows, some species have a noticeable elongated shape in the front of the head.
Huntsman spiders are often found in homes and gardens, where they can be found lurking around windows, door frames, and even inside cars. They are not considered dangerous to humans, and their venom is not considered toxic. They are also not aggressive and will usually only bite if they feel threatened.
In general, Huntsman spiders are beneficial as they help control the population of insects and other arthropods. To prevent Huntsman spiders from entering your home, you can try to seal off entry points and keeping your house clean and clutter-free. If you find a Huntsman spider in your home, it is best to catch it with a cup and release it outside.
Huntsman spider’s venom is not a cause for concern in most cases, but if you feel unwell after a bite, it is best to seek medical attention, as some people might have an allergic reaction to the venom.
Tarantulas are a type of large, hairy spider that are native to many parts of the world, including the Americas, Africa, and Asia. They are considered to be one of the most iconic and recognizable types of spider, known for their long, thick legs and large, round bodies.
Tarantulas are typically dark in color, ranging from brown to black, and they have a distinctive, fuzzy appearance due to the long, dense hairs that cover their bodies. They have 8 eyes and large fangs which can be used for capturing and handling prey. Adult tarantulas can range from 1.5 to 11 inches in body length and some of them can live up to 25 years.
Tarantulas are not aggressive and will usually only bite if they feel threatened. Their venom is not considered to be particularly dangerous to humans and most bites cause only minor symptoms, such as redness, pain, and itchiness.
Tarantulas are found in many different habitats, such as deserts, rainforests, and grasslands. They spend most of their time in burrows that they dig themselves and they use their web to help them to trap prey and to protect their burrows. They are also known for their elaborate courtship rituals, where the males perform dances to attract females.
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy long legs, also known as harvestmen, are not spiders but arachnids. They are found all over the world, and are known for their long, thin legs and small, round bodies. Daddy long legs have only one main body segment, while spiders have two.
They are typically brown or gray in color and can range in size from a few millimeters to a few centimeters in body length. Daddy long legs have two eyes, while most spiders have eight eyes. They have a pair of short antennae, and they have a pair of claws on the end of their legs, which they use for grasping prey.
Daddy long legs feed on a wide variety of small insects, spiders and other arthropods, and are considered beneficial for controlling pest populations. They are also known for their scavenging habit, where they can be found feeding on dead insects, and other debris.
They are typically found in damp or moist places such as basements, garages, crawl spaces and outdoor areas like forests, fields and gardens. They are not aggressive and typically harmless to humans. They do not bite or sting and there is no evidence to suggest their venom is dangerous to humans.
Daddy long legs are not considered pests, but if you find them in large numbers in your home, it may indicate a high level of humidity or dampness, and it's a good idea to address the issue to prevent mold and other problems.
Due to their harmless nature, Daddy long legs are not typically controlled with pesticides, but if you still have concerns, vacuum cleaning, and keeping the area clean and dry can help keep them at bay.
Jumping spiders are a group of spiders that are known for their distinctive jumping ability. They are found all over the world and are known for their active hunting behavior and their bold and curious personalities.
Jumping spiders have a distinctive appearance, with a compact, round body, and short, thick legs. They have four pairs of eyes, the front pair being the largest, which give them excellent eyesight and the ability to see in color, which is rare in spiders. Adult Jumping spiders can reach around 1/4 to 1 inch in body size. They can be a variety of colors including brown, black, grey, and even iridescent green and blue.
Jumping spiders are active hunters, and they will chase after their prey instead of waiting for it to become ensnared in a web. They can be found in a variety of habitats, from forests and grasslands to deserts and urban areas. They are not considered dangerous to humans, and their venom is not considered toxic. They are not aggressive, but if threatened, they will bite and use their venom as a defense mechanism.
Jumping spiders are generally not harmful to humans and they play an important role in controlling insect populations. If you find one in your home, the best course of action is to catch it with a cup or a container and release it outside.
Banana spiders, also known as the Golden orb-weaver spider, is a species of spider that is found primarily in the southeastern United States, as well as in parts of Central and South America. They are known for the bright yellow or orange color of their bodies, and their large, distinctive webs.
They have a characteristic large and round abdomen, which is typically a shade of yellow or orange and have long, slender legs. Adult Banana spiders can have a leg span of up to 2 inches. The females are usually larger than the males.
Banana spiders are known for spinning large, conspicuous webs that can be several feet across. These webs are usually found in open areas such as gardens, fields, and along the edges of woods. They are non-aggressive and typically only bite if they are accidentally disturbed. Their venom is not considered dangerous to humans and most bites cause only minor symptoms such as redness and itching.
The banana spider's web is strong and durable and is used to catch a variety of insects and other arthropods. Their venom breaks down the prey quickly, which allows the spider to consume it more efficiently.
As with most spiders, banana spiders play an important role in controlling insect populations and are generally considered beneficial. To prevent them from spinning their webs in unwanted areas, it's recommended to keep outdoor areas clear of debris, and to remove webs as soon as they appear. If you find one inside the house, it is best to catch it with a cup or a container and release it outside.
Joro spiders, also known as Argiope japonica, are a species of spider that is native to East Asia, including Japan, China, and Korea. They are known for their large size, distinctive colors and patterns, and the large, vertical orb webs they build.
Joro spiders have an abdomen that is usually yellow and black with a metallic sheen. They have long, slender legs that can be yellow, white, or black, and they have a distinctive band of white and black on the cephalothorax. Adult Joro spiders can have a leg span of up to 3 inches.
Joro spiders typically build their webs in sunny, open areas such as fields and gardens. The web is typically vertical and large, often measuring several feet across. The webs of Joro spiders are distinctive for their zigzag pattern of silk, called stabilimentum, which is thought to serve as camouflage for the spider or as a way to attract prey.
Joro spiders are not considered to be aggressive, and their venom is not considered dangerous to humans. Although bites are not common, if bitten, symptoms may include mild pain, redness, and itching.
Joro spiders play an important role in controlling insect populations. They are not considered pests and are generally considered beneficial. To prevent them from spinning their webs in unwanted areas, it's recommended to keep outdoor areas clear of debris, and to remove webs as soon as they appear. If you find one inside the house, it is best to catch it with a cup or a container and release it outside.
Hobo spiders, also known as the "aggressive house spider" are a type of spider that are native to Europe and were accidentally introduced to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. They are known for their speed and aggressive behavior, as well as for the funnel-shaped webs they construct.
Hobo spiders have a brown, mottled appearance and their body size is around 0.5 inches. They have a distinctive pattern of light and dark stripes on the cephalothorax (head and thorax region). They have two large eyes on the front and six smaller eyes on the sides of the head.
Hobo spiders build funnel-shaped webs, which are similar to the webs built by Funnel web spiders but usually smaller and less conspicuous. These webs are typically found in corners, crevices, and around the foundations of buildings.
Hobo spider bites can cause symptoms similar to those of a brown recluse spider, including severe pain, swelling, and necrosis (death of the surrounding tissue). However, there has been some debate among experts regarding the venom of the hobo spider and its potential effects on humans.
It is difficult to identify hobo spiders with certainty, and their venom is not considered to be as dangerous as that of brown recluse. If you suspect that you have been bitten by a hobo spider, it is best to seek medical attention and provide a proper identification of the spider, if possible.
Brown Widow Spiders
Brown widow spiders, also known as grey widow spiders or brown button spiders, are closely related to the more well-known black widow spiders. They are native to southern Africa, but have been accidentally introduced to other parts of the world, including the southern United States, Central and South America, and Australia.
Brown widow spiders are generally smaller than black widow spiders, with females reaching around 0.5 inches in body length. They have a characteristic brown, mottled coloration, with a distinct orange or yellow hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen. The brown widow spider have a globular shaped egg sac that is usually gray or tan and have a spiky texture.
Brown widow spiders are known to build webs in protected, hidden areas such as corners of windows, door frames, eaves, and in sheds, garages, and other outbuildings. They are generally less aggressive than black widow spiders, and bites are considered less severe. However, their venom is still considered to be mildly venomous and can cause symptoms such as pain, muscle cramps, and erythema.
Preventing brown widow spider bites is similar to preventing black widow spider bites, by keeping a tidy and clutter-free home and yard, using gloves when handling items in storage areas, using a vacuum cleaner to remove spiders and webs, using professional pest control and being cautious when reaching into dark, undisturbed areas.
It's important to note that not all brown widow spiders have the yellow hourglass shape, as some subspecies or individuals may have different markings. A proper identification by a specialist will help determine the level of treatment required.
Goliath birdeaters are a species of tarantula that are native to the rainforests of South America, specifically in northern South America, including countries such as Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and parts of Brazil. They are one of the largest tarantulas in the world, and they are known for their large size, distinctive appearance, and the fact that they are known to eat birds and other small animals, hence their name.
Goliath birdeaters can have a legspan of up to 11 inches and can weigh up to 6 oz. They have a characteristic brown or black color, with thick, long, and coarse hair on the legs, head, and body. They are known for the large size of their venomous fangs, which can reach up to 1 inch.
Goliath birdeaters are typically found in the rainforests of South America, where they inhabit burrows or other underground shelters. They are primarily nocturnal, and during the day they remain hidden in their burrows, emerging at night to hunt for food.
Despite their name, goliath birdeaters mostly feeds on invertebrates such as crickets, worms, beetles, and other arthropods, and only occasionally, they are known to eat small vertebrates such as lizards, frogs and rodents, and that is not a common behaviour. They are generally not considered to be aggressive and only bite if they feel threatened. Their venom is not considered to be particularly dangerous to humans and most bites cause only minor symptoms.
Orb Weaver Spider
Orb weaver spiders are a group of spiders that are known for the distinctive circular or oval webs they spin. They are found in many parts of the world, including both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and are most common in warm and humid regions.
Orb weaver spiders have a diverse range of sizes and colors depending on the species, some common characteristics that many of them share are:
- They have a compact, round body
- They have long, thin legs
- They have eight eyes, arranged in two rows
- They have venomous fangs to capture and kill prey
Orb weaver spiders are known for spinning large, conspicuous webs that can be several feet across. These webs are typically built in open areas, such as gardens, fields, and along the edges of woods. They are typically spun at night and are taken down and rebuilt each day. The spider sits in the center of the web waiting for an insect to get trapped in the sticky silk.
Orb weaver spiders are not considered to be dangerous to humans, and their venom is not considered toxic. However, some species can deliver a painful bite, but it is not medically significant. They play an important role in controlling insect populations and are generally considered beneficial.
Crab spiders are a group of spiders known for their distinctive, flattened body shape that resembles that of a crab. They are found in many parts of the world, including both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and are known for their ability to change color to blend in with their surroundings. They are called "crab" spiders because of the way they walk, which is typically sidewise and sometimes backwards, similar to how a crab moves.
Crab spiders come in various sizes, the smallest being around 0.1 inches and the largest being around 1 inch. They are usually yellow, white, brown, or green in color, but they can also change color to blend in with their surroundings, such as white spiders on a white flower, and green spiders on a green leaf.
Crab spiders are known for their ability to change color, which can be an adaptation to camouflage into the environment in which they live. Some species of crab spiders can change color over a period of a few days, while others can change color in just a few hours.
Crab spiders have venomous fangs which they use to capture and kill prey, but their venom is not considered to be toxic to humans, most bites from these spiders are not harmful.
Crab spiders are typically found on plants, flowers, and other vegetation, where they wait for insects to come close. They are generally not aggressive, and will only bite if they feel threatened. They are beneficial in controlling pest populations and play an important role in the ecosystem.
Grass spiders are a type of spider that are commonly found in fields and grassy areas, hence their name. They are known for their funnel-shaped webs, which they use to capture insects and other small arthropods.
Grass spiders are typically small to medium-sized, with a body length of about 0.25 inches to 0.5 inches. They have a brown or gray coloration, with a distinctive pattern of white or light-colored markings on their abdomen. They have long, thin legs and their cephalothorax and abdomen are roughly the same size.
Grass spiders construct funnel-shaped webs, which they use to capture prey, typically insects and other small arthropods. They typically spin their webs in grassy areas, fields, gardens, or other open areas. The spider waits at the small end of the funnel for an insect to fall into its web.
Grass spiders venom is not dangerous to humans, and their bite is usually no more severe than a bee sting. It is common to have mild pain, redness, and itching after a bite, but severe symptoms are rare.
Grass spiders are beneficial to the ecosystem, as they help to control pest populations, and they can be beneficial to gardens and other outdoor spaces. They are not considered to be aggressive and will only bite if they feel threatened.
Trapdoor spiders are a group of spiders that are known for their ability to close the entrance to their burrow with a silk-hinged cover, which is known as a "trapdoor". These spiders are found in many parts of the world, typically in warm and arid regions, and are known for their burrowing habits.
Trapdoor spiders are typically small to medium-sized, with a body length of about 0.25 inches to 1 inch. They have a dark, mottled coloration, with a characteristic "hump" on their cephalothorax. Their legs are short and thick and are not adapted for speed.
Trapdoor spiders make their homes by digging burrows in the ground, typically in areas such as gardens, fields, and other open areas. They line the burrow with silk and construct a door made of silk and soil, which they can open and close to capture prey and protect themselves from predators. They typically feed on small insects and arthropods.
Trapdoor spiders venom is not considered dangerous to humans, and their bites are not common, but symptoms may include mild pain, redness, and itching.
Trapdoor spiders are beneficial in controlling pest populations, and they play an important role in the ecosystem. They are generally not considered to be aggressive and will only bite if they feel threatened.
Brazilian Wandering Spider
Brazilian wandering spiders, also known as banana spiders, armed spiders, or armed spiders, are a group of venomous spiders that are native to South America, specifically in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. They are known for their large size, venomous bites, and the fact that they are known to be aggressive and wandering.
Brazilian wandering spiders are large, typically measuring from 3 to 6 inches long. They are usually dark brown or black in color, and have a distinctive "violin" shaped marking on their cephalothorax. Their venom contains neurotoxins that can cause a wide range of symptoms, including severe pain, muscle spasms, and in some cases, even death.
These spiders are known for their wandering behavior, hence their common name. They don't construct webs, instead they move around in search of prey, hunting mainly at night. They can be found in a variety of habitats, such as tropical forests, grasslands, and even urban areas.
Brazilian wandering spiders are considered to be among the most venomous spiders in the world and their venom is considered to be extremely dangerous. If a person is bitten, they should immediately seek medical attention, antivenom is available to treat bites and is considered effective when used soon after a bite.
Preventing bites from Brazilian wandering spiders is best accomplished by being aware of their habitat and behavior, and avoiding close contact with them. Additionally, it is important to keep a clean and tidy home, as well as to check for spiders in items like fruit and vegetables that come from the tropical regions where they are found.
Spider webs are structures made of silk that are used by spiders for a variety of purposes, such as capturing prey, protecting their eggs, and as a way to move around. Different spider species spin different types of webs, and each web is unique in its structure and function.
Orb webs: These are the most common and recognizable types of spider webs, which are circular or oval in shape. They are typically built in open areas and are made up of a series of radial and concentric lines. They are used to capture flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes. The spider sits in the center of the web waiting for an insect to get trapped in the sticky silk.
Funnel webs: These webs have a funnel-like shape and are typically found in wooded areas and along the ground. They are made up of a series of radial lines that converge to form a narrow tunnel at one end. Funnel web spiders hide in the tunnel and wait for prey to come by.
Tangle webs: These webs are a chaotic and disorganized-looking web of silk. They are typically found in corners and crevices and are used to capture crawling insects.
Sheet webs: These webs are flat, horizontal sheets of silk that are typically found in wooded areas and along the ground. They are used to capture crawling insects and other small arthropods.
Some spiders are also known for building webs with specific patterns or designs, such as the zigzag pattern in the webs of Joro Spiders.
Spider webs are composed of different types of silk, each produced by specialized glands in the spider's abdomen. The silk is used for different purposes, such as for constructing the frame of the web, for making sticky threads to capture prey, and for making a non-sticky silk to wrap eggs or to make a cocoon.
In general, spider webs are the result of an intricate process of silk production, spinning and weaving, which are all controlled by the spider's nervous system. The process can take several hours to complete, depending on the spider species and the type of web.
Spiders: The Ultimate Guide
Spiders are a type of arachnid that belongs to the order Araneae. Cosmopolitan pests, spiders are found all over the world and are known for their ability to spin webs to catch their prey. In this guide, we will delve into the world of spiders, including their physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and more.
Spiders come in a wide range of sizes, from small to large. They have a hard exoskeleton and a pair of fangs that are used to inject venom into their prey. They have eight legs and two main body segments, the cephalothorax and the abdomen.
Spiders come in a variety of colors, including brown, black, and orange. Some species have distinctive markings on their abdomen, such as stripes or spots.
Spiders are predatory creatures and are known for their ability to spin webs to catch their prey. They use their venomous bite to subdue and kill their prey. Some species of spiders hunt by running after their prey or lying in wait to ambush it, while others spin webs to catch their prey.
Spiders are generally solitary creatures and do not form social groups. They do not have a mating season and can breed year-round. After mating, the female spider will lay her eggs in a silk sac and then leave the sac to hatch on its own.
Spiders can be found in a wide range of habitats, including forests, fields, and urban areas. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and are a common sight in many parts of the world.
In the wild, spiders can be found in a variety of habitats, including forests, fields, and gardens. They are also known to hide in homes and other buildings, where they can be found in basements, attics, and crawl spaces.
Spiders are a type of arachnid that are found all over the world. They are known for their ability to spin webs to catch their prey and their venomous bite. Although they can be intimidating to some people, most spiders are generally harmless to humans and can even be beneficial to have around, as they help to control the population of insects. If you spot a spider in your home or elsewhere, it is important to use caution and avoid disturbing it. If you are bitten by a spider, seek medical attention immediately.
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What are spiders?
Spiders are common pests that primarily live in yards, but can also find their way into homes. All spiders are arachnids and have eight legs, two body regions, and no antennae or wings. When living outside in nature and away from people, spiders are extremely beneficial. Spiders are predators, and hunt and feed on nuisance insects and other garden pests. When spiders decide to live near or inside your home or business, they can become quite a nuisance and some species pose a potential danger to you and your family.
The most common species of spiders found invading homes and yards throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC are black widow spiders, grass spiders, jumping spiders, and wolf spiders.
Black Widow Spiders
Black widow spiders are fairly easy to identify. They have round bodies that are shiny and black in color. They also have a distinctive red hourglass-shaped mark on the underside of their abdomens. Additionally, these spiders may also have light red or white markings on their abdomens and backs. Black widow spiders are found living throughout most of the United States but are much more common in southern states where temperatures are warm throughout much of the year. In our area, they are more common in Northern Virginia than in Maryland or Washington DC.
Common House Spiders
Common house spiders can be pretty big, from 1 to 2 inches in leg span. They vary from gray-brown to dark brown in color and have banded legs. The house spiders’ abdomen is sphere shaped with a pattern of brown and light-beige markings, and two dark colored stripes on the spiders’ head and thorax.
Grass spiders are a medium sized type of funnel weaver spider, common throughout the Mid-Atlantic. They have two dark bands straddling a tan midline going down their cephalothorax. Grass spiders are often mistaken for wolf spiders, since they have a similar color pattern, but the lines on a grass spider aren't as thick or as dramatic as on a wolf spider. The pattern on a grass spider's abdomen begins with an extension of the dark lines from the cephalothorax, but is mostly covered by a series of chevrons.
Jumping spiders can be found throughout DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Because jumping spiders are the largest family of spiders, they range widely in color and size, but they are generally smaller to medium sized, getting up to a maximum of about 1 inch in length. Although they normally move fairly slowly and unobtrusively, most species of jumping spiders are capable of very agile jumps, especially when hunting, but they might also jump when fleeing predators and other threats, or to cross a long gap.
Wolf spiders are dark brown in color with pale, yellow stripes or other markings, and their robust bodies and powerful legs are covered in hair. Wolf spiders are not web-building spiders; instead, they create burrows in the ground or under dense vegetation, rock piles, or woodpiles. Wolf spiders use their longs legs to run quickly and hunt down their prey.
Are spiders dangerous?
Some species of spiders are dangerous. Black widow spiders are considered to be dangerous. Although bites are rare, their venom is powerful enough to cause health problems in a person that has been bitten. The venom from black widow spiders affects the nervous system and symptoms may include fever, increased blood pressure, and nausea. If you receive a bite from a black widow spider, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Wolf spiders are a species of spider that is not dangerous to people. They are considered to be only a nuisance pest. Bites from wolf spiders are rare, and their venom is not strong enough to cause problems for people. Wolf spiders move in a fast, unpredictable manner and their appearance makes them startling pests for people to encounter.
Why do I have a spider problem?
Spiders are reclusive pests and prefer to stay hidden away from people. They are often attracted to properties that offer them food or shelter. Areas like dense vegetation, rock piles, tall grass, woodpiles, and underneath decks provide excellent places for spiders to hide away from people and predators. Spiders feed on insects; if there are high numbers of insects living in or around your property, you will most likely experience problems with spiders at some point.
Where will I find spiders?
Spiders are usually found living and hunting for food outside, but they do find their way into businesses, homes, barns, garages, and sheds while out hunting for prey or if the weather conditions outside become too harsh. Outdoors, wolf spiders live under firewood, stones, and landscape timbers. Inside, they tend to stay close to ground level, moving along walls and hiding under furniture. Black widow spiders are most often found living outside around woodpiles and under roof eaves. Once inside your home or business, they hide in dark, out-of-the-way places like firewood, closets, boxes, and firewood.
How do I get rid of spiders?
If spiders have become a problem in your home or on your property, it is best to seek the help of a pest control professional. When you partner with the licensed experts here at Miche Pest Control, you will have the peace of mind to know that your entire spider infestation will be eliminated. Our friendly, highly trained professionals use effective and modern pest control methods and products to control spiders and other common household pests living in and around your home or business. To learn more about our exceptional spider control services performed throughout our service areas in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., contact Miche Pest Control today!
How can I prevent spiders in the future?
Preventing problems with spiders is difficult, but we want to help you guard your property from spiders by offering these helpful prevention tips:
- Remove any debris from your property that spiders could hide and build their webs in.
- Inspect the exterior of your property and seal any entry points found.
- Keep any deck and porch areas neat and free of clutter.
- Replace outdoor lightbulbs with yellow or LED bulbs that are less attractive to insects.
- Place garden areas and cut back shrubs and bushes away from the exterior of your property.
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