yThere are over 35,000 described species of spiders worldwide, with about 3,000 found in North America alone. Spiders are generally beneficial insects in their natural habitats because they’re predators toward many other harmful and annoying pests. However, inside the home or office, many species of spiders are more problematic than helpful In addition to being frightening, spider bites can hurt and be poisonous.
Spiders are likely to be found wherever their food is available. All spiders are predators, feeding mainly on insects and other small arthropods. We’ve listed more details about common pest species below
Black widow spiders are most recognized for the red hourglass shape on their back. Contrary to legend, female black widow spiders rarely devour the male black widow spider after mating.
Black widow spiders spin their webs near ground level. They often build their webs in protected areas, such as in boxes and firewood.
Black widow spiders are often found around wood piles and gain entry into structures when firewood is carried into buildings. They are also found under eaves, in boxes, and other areas where they are undisturbed.
The venom of a black widow spider is a neurotoxin and is used as a defense. Black widow spiders do not bite humans instinctively. The black widow spider bite can cause severe pain. Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to their toxin and, if bitten, should immediately seek medical help.
Avoid black widow spider bites by wearing heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time. Spiders often hide in shoes, so check shoes before wearing, especially if they’re stored outside or in the garage. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in the area.
Brown recluse spiders have a characteristic dark brown violin marking on their back.
Brown recluse spiders often live outdoors in debris and wood piles. People can find them indoors in storage areas and dark recesses.
Like the black widow spider, the brown recluse spider bites in defense and does not strike humans instinctively. They will bite humans when they are wearing the clothing they are hiding in. The brown recluse spider bite is painful and can produce an open, ulcerating sore.
To avoid brown recluse spiders, avoid keeping clothing on the floor. Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out anything that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing.
If you have spiders in or around your home, the best thing to do is to call a local professional. At My Pest Pros, our expert technicians know how to deal with any spider infestation.
For more information on spiders and spider control, be sure to check out our helpful blog post about getting rid of spiders in your home! If you see spiders in your home, call My Pest Pros today for a free service estimate!