Spiders have been mostly known as the “unwanted houseguests” to homeowners. Although spiders help to control a lot the pest that we see around by eating them, these creepy crawlers are not usually pleasant to see inside a house. While some others are not dangerous or poisonous, spiders cause discomfort and anxiety to many homeowners.
Many people tend to have some kind fear to these little insects and get frightened at the site of a single spider. In reality, most of the spiders that are commonly seen in homes are relatively inoffensive, but there are many species which are considered as dangerous. For this reason, we strongly recommend that people without any knowledge should not attempt to get rid of spiders by themselves if you are scared and don’t know how to control them call us or book us now for a free estimate. GET’M Pest Control will always be for you to assist you at any time, we can easily help you to identify it by sending us a picture thought out a text message.
How Can I Identify A Spider?
Spiders have quite different characteristics and recognizable form. All spiders have four pairs of legs, two central body regions, fangs and eight eyes (sometimes six). Spiders, however, do not have wings or antenna. Spiders vary in appearance and size depending on the particular class they belong to; these are some of the spiders we can see in New Jersey.
Cellar Spiders, Wolf Spiders, Jumping Spiders and Crab Spiders
These species local to the Northeast US tend to be grouped as non-dangerous spiders; however, all spiders have fangs that contain some sort of venom, so a localized reaction can occur from their bites.
Cellar Spiders – make cobwebs in your cellar and can be active year-round
Wolf Spiders – big, hairy spiders that hunt insects, but don’t spin webs
Jumping Spiders – large eyes; very busy & jump when provoked
Crab Spiders – commonly identified by its bright red color
This group of spiders is mostly active year-round, with the cellar spider as an exception. When not busy, they go into a state of “hibernation.”
What Are The Most Common Types Of Spiders?
Depending on the specific type of spider, some are commonly found in damp, dark areas such as basements and crawl spaces while other varieties like dry, dark spaces like the high, upper hand corners of rooms and attics.
Web-building spiders, also known as the indoor spider, can be usually found indoors but also have the capacity to thrive outdoors.
- American House Spider
- Cobweb Spider
- Cellar Spider
- Orb Weaver Spider
- Garden Spider
- Funnel Weaver Spider
- Grass Spider
- Marbled Orb Weaver Spider
- Barn Spider
- Barn Funnel Weaver Spider
Hunting Spiders, also known as outdoor spiders, walk into the house surprisingly. They do not have a long life expectancy inside of the home as they sit and wait on their prey as exposed to catching them in a web. With this, hunting spiders will eventually have restricted access to food and ultimately die off.
- Fishing Spider
- Jumping Spider
- Wolf Spider
- Sow-bug Spider
- Parson Spider
- Crab Spider
- Sac Spider
- Wolf Spider
- Jumping Spider
Hazardous Spiders: Black Widow, Yellow Sack, and Brown Recluse Spiders
These species have robust and potent venom, which is considered to be more dangerous than that of a rattlesnake. If attacked, the toxin has the potential to put your body in pain and cause cardiac arrest.
Brown Recluse – When it comes to spider identification, the first one you’ll want to rule out (if you live in North America) is the brown recluse. This is the most dangerous spider in the US and is found most often in the Southeast and Midwest. A brown recluse bite can cause infection, and medical attention is usually necessary. Here’s how to know if the spider is a recluse:
- Look for the tell-tale violin shape on its back. The brown recluse has a medium brown body and legs, with a slightly darker brown violin shape on the back.
- Count the eyes; if there are six, it might be a recluse. The recluse’s eyes are arranged in pairs, with one pair in front and a pair on either side.
- Analyze where you found the spider; if it’s in a warm, dry place, like a shed or woodpile, it might be a recluse.
- The brown recluse is known to be aggressive, rather than hanging back when it encounters someone.
Black Widow – Black widows are common in the Southern and Western states in the US. When they bite, they release a neurotoxin that causes pain and other severe effects, especially in children and the elderly. Here’s what to look for:
- These aptly-named spiders are a striking shiny black color, with a bright red hourglass shape on the abdomen.
- Black widows commonly dwell in woodpiles and under eaves.
- They have long legs that taper into points.
Yellow Sack – small yellow spider; ½ in size; bright yellow abdomen; its bite looks like an infected pimple
Signs of a Spider Infestation In most cases, a spider infestation is identified either by finding a web or seeing an actual spider. Sometimes the spiderlings can be found on the property in the hundreds.
hobo spider. This is the third major venomous spider in the US. It’s commonly seen in the Pacific Northwest. It is not quite as dangerous as a brown recluse or black widow, but medical attention is still necessary when a bite occurs.
- Hobo spiders are brown with chevron-shaped yellow markings.
- They make their webs in cracks, corners and holes, and can be found in woodpiles and other sheltered places.
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