Five of the most common spiders that you deal with here in Nashville include the house spider, the wolf spider, the jumping spider, the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider. Most of these spiders are just an annoyance when they enter our properties, but two of the five can cause dangerous (or even life threatening) bites.
The house spider is the least concerning spider found in Tennessee homes. They are often yellow in color with a dirty white abdomen, sometimes with dark spots on the tops of their bodies. They range between 3/16 of an inch to 5/16th of an inch and they are not considered dangerous. They become a problem when they infest in large numbers.
Wolf spiders range in size between less than 1/10 of an inch to almost 1 and ¼ inches in length. They are unique in the way that they carry their eggs- attached to the spinnerets at the end of the abdomen. Wolf spiders will sometimes bite, causing swelling, mild pain and itching, but nothing that is considered to be especially serious.
Jumping spiders are easy to recognize, as they all have four pairs of eyes, with one pair being particularly large. They range in body size from 1 mm to 22 mm and are known to jump on their prey, but are not known to have an especially dangerous bite.
Brown recluse spiders range in size between ¼ and ¾ of an inch long and they have a violin shaped mark on the tops of their bodies. They don’t bite humans often, but when they do, their bite can be considered medically significant. The symptoms of a brown recluse bite include redness and blistering around the infected area, along with pain, itching and eventually ulcerating and necrosis of the tissue. Learn more about battling brown recluse spiders in Nashville .
Black widow spiders range in size between ¾ of an inch to 1 and a half inches around and are black with a red hourglass shape on their backs. Males of the species are considered harmless, but the bite of a female black widow spider is very dangerous. A bite from a black widow spider can cause cramping in the abdominal muscles and in the back, along with tremors, a fever and labored breathing and can be considered to be medically significant. You are not likely to find black widow spiders inside your home. You are more likely to find them around the perimeter of your home near AC units, crawl door openings, sand boxes, dog houses and firewood.
Because there are so many dangerous spiders that reside in our area, having a spider infestation in your home or business is not something you should ignore. These pests can be perfectly harmless in your home, or they can be a serious danger, depending upon the species that is present.
If you are noticing more spiders in your property, and you have pest control service with us--- call us today! Our Perimeter Pest Control Service and our Green Choice Pest Control service are designed to focus on the outside to stop spider before they get inside; however, if spiders are already in doors we need to schedule a time to retreat the inside of your home.
When we come out if it seems that you may actually be battling brown recluse spiders instead of the other household spiders— brown recluse spider control is more involved than treatments for household spiders and black widows.
If you do not have service with All-American Pest, we would be honored to earn your business! Contact us today! Our qualified technicians can help determine what kind of spider is invading your property and determine a plan of action to eliminate spider activity in your structure.
For more information on our home pest control services and brown recluse spider service or to learn more about how our commercial exterminators in Nashville can help your company get rid of spiders and other pests, contact All-American Pest Control today!