What Spiders Should You Really Watch Out For?

Spiders are a natural part of the ecosystem, but their bites can be dangerous. Allergic reactions could promote a minor venom to a major problem.

Man has a primordial fear of spiders. We cast them in our horror films and insert them in our nightmares. It doesn’t seem quite fair, since most of them are simply going about their business, helpfully eating bugs that are more of a nuisance to us than the spiders are. However, a few species can be dangerous, especially when they live in or around your house. Here are some of the spiders you should keep an eye on.

Brown Recluse

The brown recluse lives in dark and undisturbed places inside houses and spins webs to hide in, not to catch prey. It only bites if threatened and its venom has the potential to cause significant tissue damage, long-lasting skin lesions, and scarring. More serious complications sometimes arise. Luckily, most people experience only temporary symptoms such as pain, nausea, and fever. A dark brown marking on the recluse’s back resembles a violin, giving the spider its other nicknames: violin or fiddle-back spider.

Black Widow

The female black widow tends to eat her mate. She’s black and incredibly shiny, with a distinctive red hourglass on the underside of her bulbous abdomen. The black widow likes garages, cluttered closets, rock piles, and holes. It doesn’t bite often, but its venom is strong, causing severe pain, cramps, difficulty breathing, etc. However, it’s rarely fatal or permanently damaging, especially with medical attention.

Sac Spider

Small but aggressive, this pale yellow spider doesn’t pose a serious threat. Symptoms of its bite are generally mild, but the venom can occasionally cause skin ulcers that heal slowly.

Wolf Spider

This stout, big-eyed, fast-moving spider pounces on its prey like a wolf. The female is an unusually good mother. She carries her egg sac around until it hatches and then lets her spiderlings live on her back for weeks. She’ll even bite people who threaten her babies. This bite may cause pain and swelling, possibly for several days, but it’s not very dangerous.

Hobo Spider

Some believe the hobo spider to be quite dangerous. Others dispute the claim. If you’re bitten, capture the spider, go to a doctor, and help clear up the controversy. According to Barrier Pest Control in Boise, Idaho, having a detailed description can work just as well.

Spiders are a natural part of the ecosystem, but some of their bites can be painful or even dangerous. Allergic reactions occasionally promote a minor venom to a major problem. You may also find yourself with a harmless, but inconvenient infestation of the creatures. If you think you have spider problem, call pest control.

Eileen O’Shanassy, the author of this article, is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

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