How To Identify A Dangerous Spider

How To Identify A Dangerous Spider

Nothing can cause us to turn into a ninja faster than running into a spider web. The thought of being anywhere near the vicinity of these little eight-legged creatures can cause fight or flight mode. Whether you choose to grab your shoe and kill both the spider and everything around it or you would rather jump on a couch and contemplate burning down the house, knowing what you’re dealing with can help. Safety First Pest Control is here to explain how to identify a dangerous spider.

Black Widow

The most well known, infamous and incredibly venomous crawlers, the Black Widow is also easily identifiable. The large black body sports a red hourglass shape or dot on the underside. This marker is a giveaway that you are dealing with the Black Widow. If you can’t see the belly and don’t feel like taking the time to flip it over and examine (who takes the time to do that?!), then play it safe. If the creature has a bulb like dark body then assume it’s a Black Widow and take necessary precautions. You will usually find them in dark places like under a bed and/or near a stable source of heat. If you are bitten, call an ambulance immediately.

Brown Recluse

You can tell a lot by looking into someone’s eyes. The same is true for the brown recluse. This little sucker only has six as opposed to the standard eight. Since the only person who is likely to stop and count their eyes would be the person who would flip over the Black Widow, having a few easier identifiers in your back pocket is safer. The recluse is, well, reclusive. You normally find them by accident like underneath a box or inside a pair of shoes you haven’t worn in months. The dull brown color makes them good at blending in with surroundings but if you do find yourself close, take a quick look at the legs. The recluse has smooth appendages devoid of thick hair.


Common House Creatures

There are several common house spiders that pose no real threat to humans…and aren’t just inside homes. They are generally brown and grey with spots on the underside. They stay within their web—usually in a windowpane or under gutters—and don’t venture out to cause fear while crawling across your hallway. These guys are actually better left unhampered with since they are great at getting rid of mosquitos, wasps and other pesky insects.

Jumping Spider

As the name indicates, these little guys hop from place to place. They’re smaller than their counterparts and will actually face you as opposed to scurrying away. Like other common house spiders, they assist in pest control.

Be better prepared for whatever nature throws at you by learning how to identify a dangerous spider. Also remember that Safety First Pest Control is always here to help with infestations. No matter what your pest control needs may be, Safety First Pest Control can help you get it taken care of. Contact us today to discuss your pest control needs. We are a family owned and operated business that has been servicing Mobile and Baldwin Counties since 1999! It is our goal to provide you excellent service. We can be reached at (251) 990-0047.

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