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The Most Common Spiders Lurking in Your Home

Are you sitting? Because we’re going to talk about something that might just give you the willies: spiders. There are over 3000 different types of spiders in North America, and some of them like the food supply and warmth your home provides them. If you run across a spider in your home while you’re eating your curds and whey, there’s a good chance it’s one of these amazing arachnids.

Wolf Spiders

You can identify wolf spiders by their light brown markings that often look like stripes on their darker brown bodies. They like to hunt at night and take shelter during the day in dark corners. They don’t create webs to catch prey, but instead wait patiently and chase it down. They like to eat insects, and can actually be beneficial to your garden to keep pests away.

They can be a bit scary to look at since they’re so large and hairy. But, they’ll usually only bite a human if you try to pick them up, and let’s face it – you’re probably not going to try to pick it up with your bare hands.

Common House Spiders

These spiders are, well, common and likely the ones you’ll be running into inside. They are yellowish brown with a white belly bearing several dark stripes. They spin webs to catch their prey.

The good news is that while they’re common indoor pests, they don’t pose a threat to humans. They don’t fare very well in modern homes since they need a ready supply of insects to eat and higher levels of humidity.

Jumping Spiders

Sometimes a name says it all, doesn’t it? Jumping spiders are, as their name implies, great jumpers. They also happen to have some of the best eyesight in the spider world. They like the sunshine and you can often find them in doors or windows hunting prey.

They come in different colors. They can be brown, gray, or tan, but usually, all have markings on their backs. They’re not dangerous to humans and aren’t considered dangerous. They just might scare you because they, well, jump. Better keep your cardio up to snuff!

Brown Recluse Spiders

No doubt you’ve heard of these spiders, which are dangerous to humans. They bite when threatened and don’t go after humans instinctively or anything, but their bite injects venom that can cause pain and ulcers in the skin. If you think you’ve been bitten by one, get medical help immediately.

These spiders hunt at night and prefer dark, undisturbed areas to hide such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, and closets. You probably should check your shoes too, just to be sure. They’re brown and have a distinct marking on their backs that looks a lot like a violin, so they’re pretty easy to identify.

Black Widow Spiders

Oh, the feared black widow! These spiders are black, with a fat abdomen that bears a red hourglass-shaped marking. They tend to be more active when it hotter outside, usually around 70 degrees. They do spin webs of an irregular shape to catch prey. These webs are usually built at night and are low to the ground.

The female black widow can be quite aggressive and will bite in defense, especially if she has an egg sack she’s defending. Their venom can be fatal to humans, but it’s rare. Just make sure if you’re bitten, you seek medical care immediately.

If you’re concerned about a spider infestation in your house, then call in the experts at Green Army today. They can help you determine if you do have spiders in your home and can provide you with safe solutions to get them out.

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