Common Household Spiders
Spiders are creepy but they help us keep the insect population in check. Here are a few of the common varieties you might find.
Wolf spiders are fuzzy/hairy and are tan, brown or grayish in color. Often have two dark stripes down their back. Normally not aggressive and is actually good to have in the yard as they help control other pests by feeding on bugs, mites and other organisms.
The female Black Widow are black with a red hourglass marking on their underside. They hang from their web upside down exposing the hourglass at night an usually hide during the day.If bitten from a Black Widow, you might not notice it right away. Some symptoms include dizziness, nausea, cramping, difficulty breathing and vomiting or other complications.
One of the more dangerous and dreaded spiders. This spider has a bad reputation and rightly so. The bite of a Brown Recluse can cause severe pain and may cause damaging skin ulcers (their venom breaks down the skin and muscle tissue) or other serious complications.Brown Recluses are shy and are usually found in sites that are undisturbed. Places like under beds, cluttered closets, attics, cracks, piles of junk or boards, under logs or rock piles and in storage buildings or garages.
It’s not hard for the non-professional to identify. They have long, thin legs and is light brownish in color. It also has a dark violin shaped marking on its back towards the front portion of the body.
These pests can be controlled and elminated with our general pest control or our popular Bee Smart program. Check out our Services page for information on our General Pest Treatment and Bee Smart services.
You can learn more about some of these spiders at Texas A&M’s Department of Entomology website.