Common Spider Problems In Oklahoma  

October 11, 2019

Across the world, there are over 35,000 named species of spiders. Do you know how many can be found here in Oklahoma? 32. Now, this may not seem like a lot, but among these species are two that are known to cause harm to humans—the black widow, and the brown recluse. Also included in this list are jumping spiders, wolf spiders, and orb weavers, all common and invasive household pests.

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Problems Spiders Cause

Spiders are known for the wide range of problems they cause. Here are a few the most common spiders are known best for:

  • Wed Building: Although not all spiders build webs made of silk, enough of them do for it to be a problem. Whether you are walking face-first through a web or cleaning them from the corners of the rooms in your home, these woven bug traps are a huge nuisance at the very least.

  • Jump Scares: Most people are afraid of spiders, so naturally finding one in places you don’t expect can cause quite the fright.
  • Venomous Bites: All spiders are venomous, but only two have venom that should concern us— the black widow, and, especially, the brown recluse. Victims of these bites can exhibit a variety of uncomfortable and painful symptoms. If you are on the receiving end of a bite by one of these arachnids, it is wise to seek medical attention immediately to ensure your risk is minimal.

How To Identify Dangerous Spiders

Black Widow: There are several different species of the well-known black widow spider, all a bit different. Most black widows are ½ of an inch long, black, and feature the shape of a red hourglass on their undersides. You will find these spiders in your home by looking for irregular towered webs built upwards from the ground.
 
Brown Recluse: You can identify the brown recluse spider by a dark brown violin-shaped mark on its yellowish-brown upper body. These spiders can grow to be upwards of ¾ of an inch in length. Brown recluse spiders are much harder to spot inside the house because they do not build webs; instead, they hunt for their prey on the ground and use cracks and crevices in which to hide.
 
Yard Spiders: Some species of spiders here in Oklahoma are better-considered yard pests rather than home intruders. Among these are the wolf spider (large, brown, and fuzzy), the jumping spider (small, orange, white and black, harry, and for some, cute), and the Orb-weavers (greatly varies in appearance, often brightly colored). Although these spiders prefer to live and hunt for prey outdoors, sometimes they do find their way inside.

Why Spiders Invade and How To Get Them Out

Spiders are drawn into homes by the presence of other pests, otherwise known as food. Once they are inside, ample places to build webs or find shelter will keep them around. To eliminate spiders and other pests in your house, contact the professionals here at Dandi Guaranty Pest Solutions and Termite Protection. We will make sure your home is protected from pests. Call us today!

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