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Discover The Most Common Spiders And How To Deal With Them


Spiders are not generally a danger. In most cases, they live in corners and dark spaces, happy to stay away from human contact. Of course, if they are provoked or feel threatened they will attack. However, in most cases, this means a bite, which may be painful but is harmless.

Naturally, this isn’t the case for all spiders. The good news is there are only two that are known to be dangerous to humans, the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Unfortunately, the Brown Recluse is considered one of the most deadly spiders in the world.  The Black Widow packs a powerful punch but is rarely fatal.

If you want to know how prolific they are in your area you should contact your local pest control specialist and talk to them about your area. You can click here to find out more about your closest one.

The Brown Recluse

Recluse is actually a family of spiders. The Brown Recluse is generally between 6 and 20mm long, making it a small spider. It is usually a light brown color although it can have a white hue or even be as dark as a blackish gray. 

It’s worth noting that the different parts of the spider are not always the same color but they almost always have a marking on the dorsal side of the cephalothorax. The marl looks like a violin and points toward the rear of the spider. Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as the fiddleback spider, brown fiddler, or violin spider. 

However, the definitive way of identifying this spider is to look at its eyes. Unlike most other spiders, the Brown Recluse only has 6 eyes.

The Black Widow

The female black widows are generally dark-colored although there are lighter versions around. They usually have markings on the dorsal side of their abdomen and reddish coloring on the underside. They range in size from 3-10mm although they can be larger.

You should note that it is only the female that has the venomous bite, they are also known for eating the male after sexual intercourse.

Other Common Spiders

Other commonly found spiders in the US include the American house spider, Long-bodied Cellar Spider, Sac spiders, Jumping spider, Wolf spider, and even the Hobo spider. 

You are likely to find at least one of these in your home. Fortunately, there are things you can do to get rid of spiders.

  • Seal Gaps

The best way to keep spiders out of your house is to seal all gaps and cracks around the house. Pay particular attention to doors and windows as this is where they usually enter.

  • Lights Off

Spiders eat bugs so bugs in your home will increase the likelihood of spiders. By turning off lights you won’t attract bugs and are less likely to have spiders!

  • Reposition Plants

Plants give spiders a great place to hide, especially if they are just outside your home. It makes the perfect place to stop before entering your home. By moving the plants further away you will reduce their ability to get into your home. 

  • Clean

Dusting every part of your home regularly will help to prevent spiders from getting too comfortable and keep the bugs out. Without food, there is no point in spiders living in your home!

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