What Kind of Spiders Do I Have?

There it is, in the corner of your room. A little eight-legged spider sits in the corner, minding its own business, or so you think. You get a little closer and manage to squish it, but you have no idea what it was. You hop on google and look up League City spider control, hoping to find some sort of article to tell you what kind of spider you have, and hopefully a solution to get rid of them. This is the article for you. Here are the different types of spiders and what they look like.

 

Types of Spiders

 

Brown Recluse

Look at the spider in front of you. If there is a violin shaped marking on the topside of the spider, it is probably a Brown Recluse. Brown recluses can grow up to the size of a U.S. quarter when the legs are fully extended. Unlike most spiders, the brown recluse has only three pairs of eyes, instead of the normal four. The short hair on their abdomen gives the spider a fuzzy appearance. Brown Recluses usually live in attics, rotting bark, basements, closets, sheds, barns, woodpiles, sheds, dressers, toilets, boxes, behind pictures and unused beds. If you see this spider, be careful. Its venom can cause necrosis, the death of tissue due to loss of blood flow.

Brown Recluse Spider sitting on a white background.

 

Black Widows

You can tell a Black Widow by its shiny black abdomen. Contrary to popular belief, only the female Black Widows have the famous red hourglass on the bottom of their abdomen. The males usually have a yellow band or red spots on its abdomen. Black widow bites don’t generally produce deadly symptoms in adults, but children and the elderly are more susceptible. These spiders tend to prefer dry dark shelter, such as barns, garages, basements, outdoor toilets, hollow stumps, rodent holes, trash, brush and dead vegetation where they feed on other arachnids and insects.

A black widow spider spinning its web.

 

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders tend to grow to about 1.5in.- 2in. long, and typically have brown/gray hair covering their bodies. The main way to identify a wolf spider is by the eyes. Wolf spiders have a strange set of eyes, the bottom row has four small eyes, the middle row has two very large eyes, and the top row has two medium sized eyes. During mating season, you can usually see a mother Wolf Spider carrying around an egg sack, which looks like a big silken globe. Once the eggs hatch the hatchlings cling to their mother until they are ready to fend for themselves. Wolf Spiders live outdoors in fields, under rocks, and inside burrows they made. If they wander inside your house, you can find them hiding in houseplants behind furniture and doors and on windowsills. This spider will eat just about any insect that crosses its path.

A wolf spider on a white background.

 

Common House Spiders

There are many different types of house spiders, but usually you’ll find members of only seven types that are most common. In general, house spiders are less than 1/4in. long. They usually are brown but can have white spots on their abdomens. Both sexes have dark rings on their legs, but the males have an orange ring, while the females have yellow rings on theirs.  They generally live inside the house, in the parts that are undisturbed by people and animals. You can usually find them in attics, bookshelves that don’t see a lot of use and in closets.

A house spider on a white background.

 

Orb Weavers

This is more a family of spiders than an actual species. It contains several different species, but all the species share a few common characteristics. First, and probably the most obvious, is the web. Orb weavers are commonly known for their wheel shaped web. They mainly set up their webs in gardens, fields, and forests. These webs usually have three prongs that hold up the spiral. Orb weavers usually create new webs each day. They’re most active during the night, and that is when they usually hunt and create new webs. Orb weavers will eat anything that gets caught in their webs.

A macro shot of a orb weaver spider spinning its web.

 

If you see any of these spiders, or if any of these pests infest your home, feel free to hop on google and find one some of the best exterminators League City pest control has to offer. An exterminator can verify which species of spider you have in your home and will be able to rid your home of them.  

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