Spiders are in every house, but some have more than others. Most spiders that are found in the home are not the "dangerous" variety, but all spiders can still be creepy. Luckily for you, we have the resources to rid your home of spiders quickly and effectively.
If you are concerned about whether or not the spiders in your home are the more poisonous ones, use this helpful guide below:
Hobo Spiders: are the most common venomous spiders in this area. Identification of Hobo Spiders can be difficult because their size and appearance can vary. To correctly identify a Hobo, a specimen should be sent to an entomologist and looked at under a microscope. However, there are a few characteristics that can be helpful in determining if it is in fact a Hobo.
-The abdomen has v-shaped patterns on it with the chevron pointing towards its head.
-The joints on the legs do not have colored bands, which is typical of most spiders.
-There is a light stripe running down the center of the sternum.
-Since these spiders are difficult to identify, they can often be mistaken for another spider called a "Giant House Spider" which is harmless.
Black Widow Spiders: are not common to our area here in the Pacific Northwest and are typically found on furniture that has been moved from down south. They are easier to identify than many other types of spiders, but there are many sub-species that look a lot like a Black Widow. Here are some common characteristics to help you identify them:
-Typically has a prominent red hourglass shape on the underneath side of its abdomen. This marking can also be orange, yellow and on rare occasions white.
-Male Black Widows are smaller and brown in color, but are not venomous.
Brown Recluse Spiders: are also extremely rare in this area. These spiders are typically found in the southeast United States. Brown Recluse spiders have some distinguishing marks that will help you identify them:
-Light brown to dark brown in color.
-Commonly called a "Fiddleback" because of the violin shaped mark on its back. However, there are other spiders with similar markings.
-Unlike other spiders that typically have 8 eyes, Brown Recluse spiders have only 3.
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