Last week we highlighted ways to identify the brown recluse spider (Brown Recluse Pictures). This week we thought we’d more pictures of spiders so that you can help friends properly identify the spiders when they post pictures onto their Facebook pages.
This is a Wolf Spider. It is generally thicker in the body than other spiders you are going to find around the home. The Wolf Spider is harmless to humans, but can be a real problem if you try and kill one that has a few hundred baby spiders on it’s back. Unless these are sitting on your favorite chair it is suggested to let them be.
This is Cellar Spider. Harmless to humans you will likely find these, well, in the cellar or crawl space of the house. They are small in size and can be found in bunches.
The Black Widow Spider is one of the three poisonous spiders we have in the United States. The Brown Recluse is one of the other ones which we have in the state of Tennessee. The Black Widow generally is a loaner, so if you find one it is unlikely you will be finding others. They will not attack you unless they are provoked or intruded on. If they do bite you then you will want to seek medical attention. The Black Widow is very distinct with its dark black color and hour glass shaped red markings on their backsides. If you can confidently get rid of a Black Widow, without risking getting bit then feel free to do so. Otherwise consult a pest professional.
The House Spider is a spider that you would find, well, in the house. Nothing that fancy about the House Spider. They will be setting up shop and hunting around your house to catch some food to eat. Humans, however, are far from the house spiders menu. They can freak you out, and your kids, but they are harmless.
The Orb Spider (there are many versions of the Orb Spider) come in lots of different colors and patterns. Generally harmless to humans you will likely find the Orb Spider outside in the garden. You could fall victim to walking through one of their spider webs as you move through some bushes while doing your weekly gardening activities. Orb Spiders are overall helpful to the outside of your house as they feed on a number of the bugs that you would rather not have to fly around your head.
So there are some pictures of spiders that you will find in and around your home this season. If you see a huge amount of any spider then you will want to call for a consultation and some services. Having a spider here is perfectly normal, having a few hundred, well, that is just downright scary.