As Halloween quickly approaches, many people are planning their costumes and preparing for ghosts and goblins. However, Fall brings much scarier things than ghosts. The beginning of the colder seasons also invite spiders and other insects into the inviting warmth of your home. Which spiders should you be most concerned about? What steps can you take to keep the spider population in your home low? The following paragraphs will address these important questions.
The Most Dangerous Fall Spiders
Spiders do provide many benefits by serving as natural predators for other insects and bugs. However, there are a couple of varieties of venomous spiders that can be dangerous. Do you know how to recognize them?
Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spiders are very common throughout many parts of the United States. They are typically a medium brown color but can also be dark brown or a dull yellow. Brown recluse spiders have a unique identifying mark in the shape of an upside down violin on their back. They also have jointed legs that have a slightly different appearance to other common spider species.
As the name implies, brown recluse spiders are shy and docile by nature. They attempt to avoid human contact for the most part and prefer to hide in dark areas of the home instead. This can make closets, shoes, and clothing an appealing place for them to reside. Brown recluse spiders will bite when provoked. If you are unaware of their presence and put on an infested article of clothing, it is possible to sustain a painful bite. Brown recluse spiders inject a venom that is necrotic in nature. Once a bite is inflicted, your skin surrounding the area of the bite can begin to decay. Therefore, it is important to have brown recluse spider bites treated promptly.
Black Widow Spiders
Black widow spiders are well-known for the bright red hourglass shape that is present on their abdomen. Black widows spin very irregular webs where they will sit and wait for prey to become trapped. Outdoors, black widow spiders prefer to reside near piles of wood or under groups of rocks. Male black widow spiders are docile. Females can be very aggressive, especially while laying or watching over their eggs....