Pest Identifier: Types of Spiders
You’ll encounter plenty of pests in your Tennessee home or business, but some of the most upsetting ones to find are spiders. From their alarming appearance to their tendency to deliver painful bites, these eight-legged invaders aren’t exactly welcome houseguests.
Whether you’ve found spiders in your home or want to learn how to identify them, U.S. Pest Protection is here to answer any and all of your questions or concerns. Contact our pest professionals and discover how we can help.
Common Types of Spiders
With more than 45,000 species found throughout the world, it’s safe to say almost everyone has crossed paths with spiders at some point in their lives. Spiders have eight legs, typically have eight eyes, and vary in color. No one enjoys finding spiders in their home, but these arachnids often act as pest control agents, feeding on cockroaches, silverfish, and other intruders.
Spiders may have their benefits, but there’s still a reason to rid your home of them: their bites. Based on the species, humans’ reactions to spider bites range from itchiness and blisters to vomiting, destroyed skin tissue, and death in extreme cases. Spiders only bite people when they feel threatened—bites often occur when spiders are disturbed while you’re cleaning around the house.
From spiders that only hunt in gardens to ones that build webs in your home, keep an eye out for these common species around your living space:
- Wolf spider: Measures 0.5 to 1 inches with brown, black, and gray coloring
- Brown recluse: Light brown with distinct violin shape behind head, venomous
- Black widow: Black with red hourglass shape on abdomen, venomous
- Jumping spider: Tiny, quick, with brown, tan, or gray coloring
- Daddy long-legs: Pale yellow or brown, with small bodies and long, spindly legs
Where to Find Spiders
As silent, fast-moving predators, spiders often go unnoticed in your home until they’re disturbed by human activity, such as cleaning or clearing out attics or basements. Some species, such as black widows and brown recluses, hide under furniture, or build their webs in corners.
Non-web-spinning species, such as wolf spiders and jumping spiders, prefer to creep along the edges of rooms and hide under beds or couches. You can also find them near doors that lead outside, as they’re likely waiting for their next meal to scuttle indoors.
Regardless of what kind of spider you suspect is sneaking through your home, it’s always wise to leave finding and identifying spiders to the experts. Without proper training and equipment, you may find yourself with painful bites that result in a trip to the emergency room.
Trust U.S. Pest Protection to Prevent Spiders in Tennessee
No matter what kind of spiders crawl into your living space, you can stop them from accidentally taking a bite out of you and your loved ones with U.S. Pest Protection. Our certified pest professionals can give you peace of mind from these unwanted pests with a wide range of pest control technology and strategies.
From a few spiders scuttling through your kids’ bedrooms to massive webs in your attic, we provide a free inspection to help you feel safe and prepared for any spider issue you may have. Once we’ve determined the type of spider you’re dealing with, we’ll create a spider control and prevention strategy to get you back to living pest-free as soon as possible. Trust the spider experts from U.S. Pest Protection—schedule your free inspection today!