Common Spiders Found In Arkansas
January 22, 2018
In our Arkansas service area, we see two types of spiders, those that are considered a nuisance and those that present a medical threat. The most common nuisance spiders are common house spiders and wolf spiders. The most common spiders that present a threat are black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. Let's take a look.
There are many spiders that are considered to be house spiders but the one spider that bears the name of house spider, Parasteatoda tepidariorum, is the one you're most likely to see. This spider species is between 4 and 8 mm in length, brown or gray in color, and prone to making webs in the upper corners of your rooms or on your window frames. While these spiders can bite, it is rare, and bites from the common house spider, also called the American house spider, are not medically important.
Wolf spiders are hunter spiders. They do not create webs to catch their prey. They use their excellent eyesight to hunt bugs down. For this reason, they have a potent venom. Bites from this spider can feel like a bee sting but wounds do not generally develop into more than a red welt. If you have these spiders in your home, you're likely to find them hiding in moist or damp locations. Be careful when opening boxes or containers taken out of storage.
The black widow and the brown recluse need no introduction. These two spiders are well known. What you may not know is that a bite from one of these spiders is not always dangerous.
Black widow spiders choose how much venom they are going to inject when they bite. If you crawl into bed with one and trap it, the bite is probably going to be far worse than if you spook one by reaching into a pile of brush in your yard.
Brown recluse spider bites do not always have a spreading necrosis. But this necrosis often happens under the skin, so it is best to have a doctor take a look at it and offer treatment advice.
For both of these spiders, it is best to hire an educated and experienced pest control company. These spiders can live in wall voids and other locations which are difficult or impossible to get into. Professionals have products and methods for tracking spider activity and eliminating infestations.
If you need assistance arresting a spider infestation in your Arkansas home, reach out to McCauley Services. Our team has earned the QualityPro seal of excellence from the National Pest Management Association, one of the highest distinguishing certifications in our industry. We know what is necessary to protect Arkansas homes from pest infestations. Contact us today to set up a free inspection.