What Poisonous Spiders Do We Have In Tennessee?

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In general, the spiders that get into our homes are only creepy nuisance pests. While all spiders have venom, only two house-invading spiders in Tennessee have a venom that is medically important to people. They need no introduction. We're sure you've heard of the black widow and the brown recluse. But, what you may not know is how to deal with them when you start finding them on your property. Hopefully, we can shed some light on that.

Identification

First, it is important to properly determine what spider you have. While it is fairly straightforward with a black widow spider, because of the bold black color and bright red hourglass marking on the bottom of its abdomen, some folks have trouble distinguishing a brown recluse from other brown spiders.

You may be aware that the brown recluse has a violin mark on its back, and you might even know that these are sometimes called fiddleback or violin spiders, but when you see a spider zip across the floor and disappear under the couch, it can be hard to get a good look at it.

The most common spider people mistake for the brown recluse is a wolf spider and, fortunately, it is pretty easy to tell which spider you have, even if you only see it for a moment. Brown recluse are about the size of a quarter. Wolf spiders are generally twice this size. Wolf spider can also be distinguished by their furry look. Brown recluse lack the hair of a wolf spider.

Okay. It's a poisonous spider. What now?

Once you have determined that you have a black widow or a brown recluse, it is vital to have a pest control professional apply treatment. Here are three key reasons why:

  • A professional is trained to not only apply treatments to arrest a spider infestation but how to monitor for spider activity within a structure as well.

  • If products are needed for control, you'll know that they will be administered in a way that is effective for all living creatures within your home or business. Professionals follow strict protocols for safety.

  • When a professional says, "we're here to help protect you and your family," you can sleep easy.

If you're dealing with black widow or brown recluse spiders in our Tennessee service area, let All-American Pest Control do a crawl space and interior treatment that includes wall voids and other inaccessible areas, and apply an exterior application to your perimeter, cracks, and crevices. Through detailed inspection, structured treatments, and monitoring, we'll make sure those spiders are gone. Reach out to us today for immediate help.

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