It’s hard to imagine anything more disturbing than a spider crawling on your walls, even if you are trying to relax. Although many people are afraid of spiders, it’s possible to be both scared and annoyed by them. Most property owners worry about spider bites. Most spider bites will not cause injury and bites are less common than people believe.
Most spiders in Pittsburgh are nuisance pests and don’t pose any serious health or property damage. They can be annoying and difficult to control, and they are a problem in areas where there are potentially dangerous spiders.
Guide To Pittsburgh Spiders
It is estimated that there are approximately 45,000 species of spiders in the world. This is a shocking number, but only a few spiders are likely to infest local homes and businesses. We have created a guide that will help you identify spiders in your area.
- Black widow: This spider is dangerous and one of the most common in Pittsburgh. Their bulbous bodies are jet black and they have a red hourglass mark on their belly.
- American house spider: This pest is brown and has cream-colored markings on its legs and back. They are also round in shape.
- Brown recluse: The only other species that can cause harm to humans in the region is this type of brown recluse. They are brown in color and have a distinctive violin-shaped mark near their heads.
- Woodland jumping spider: This woodland jumping spider is a shiny, black body with a white dot at the center. They jump to catch their prey, as their name implies.
Here’s what you need to know about dangerous spiders
Only the brown recluse and black widow are medically important in the Pittsburgh region. While all spider species have fangs and venom that they use to catch prey, most don’t have enough potency to cause serious injury to humans.
It’s comforting to know that spiders found on your property are not frightening to look at. The brown recluse spider and the black widow spider both live in the same area so they are not unusual to be found around your property.
Black widows hide in dark, cluttered places. They can be found outdoors, but they may also be found in crawl spaces, basements, or messy closets. The brown recluse seeks quiet, dark places to hide like basements, cardboard boxes, closets and basements.
How to tell if you’re dealing with a dangerous spider
It is easy to identify a black widow spider due to their distinctive appearance and striking colors. The brown recluse spider, however, is more difficult to identify than other species. It is often misidentified.
Three key characteristics are needed to distinguish a brown recluse (or any other species) from identify it. First, the distinctive violin-shaped marking on their heads. The second is six pairs of eyes separated by a space. Third, brown recluse spiders are light-colored with no markings.
You can also identify them by their bites. A black widow spider bite can often look like two small fang marks. While a brown recluse bite is usually painless but often causes a bullseye-shaped rash. You should immediately seek medical attention if you suspect that one of these species may have bitten you.
Spider Control: The Best
The best way to get rid of spiders from your home is to have the professionals at Pittsburgh Pest Control do the job. Although most spider bites are not serious, it is possible to get bitten by a brown recluse or black widow.
Our pest experts can get rid of any kind of spider, no matter how large or small. We offer both commercial and residential pest control. Contact us online or by phone to get started or for more information about our spider extermination services.
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