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Spiders are predators that feed on living prey including other pests and animals. All spiders are poisonous, however some are more dangerous than others. The black widow and brown recluse spiders are very dangerous and have been known to occasionally cause fatalities in humans.
  • Spiders can be found in almost any structure - new or old.
  • Over 3,500 species exist in the U.S.
  • Not all spiders build webs. In fact, roughly half of the species do not build webs.

Brown Recluse Spider

People can react differently to the bite of a brown recluse spider. Reactions can include the formation of a blister surrounded by a large swollen area, fever, chills, and nausea. However, this nocturnal spider is not aggressive by nature and normally bites only when disturbed. In fact, this animal can help humans by ridding homes of insects, such as cockroaches and other spiders. They are generally about 5/8 inch in length and have a leg span of about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They have six eyes arranged in three pairs at the front of the head area, and a fiddle-shaped marking on the back. Coloring is usually light brown but may be darker in some specimens. They prefer to build their webs in corners, and are commonly found in garages, crawlspaces and in basements.

Black Widow Spider

The body of a black widow may be up to 3/4 inch in length, with the abdomen reaching 3/8 inch in diameter. They are typically a glossy black color but may also be dark or light brown. The most famous characteristic of a black widow spider is the red marking on the abdomen, which usually forms an hourglass shape. Black widows can be found almost anywhere inside or outside the house. They prefer to build their nests close to the ground in a protected area such as among items piled together beneath some boards, in firewood, or between boxes. Bites from a black widow are very dangerous to small children and elderly persons, resulting in severe pain that may take several days to subside. Bites most frequently occur when people are picking up an item under which the spider is hiding or putting on a shoe the spider has crawled into.

To control spiders in your home and protect your loved ones

  • Call Midstate for a Free Pest Audit today!
  • Use sticky traps under furniture.
  • Inspect and shake out clothing, bedding, and towels before use.
  • Install screens on doors and windows and seal cracks and crevices.

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