Most spiders are beneficial to humans because they eat mosquitoes, flies, and other insects. However,
large infestations of spiders are not healthy for anyone. If you have a large number of spiders in or
around your home or business call BioGuard Pest Control today we are a local Virginia Beach pest control company.
If you can see a spider, it is probably not terribly dangerous. That is because the really poisonous ones
are quite reclusive. Black widows and brown recluse spiders prefer dark, quiet places. However, their
bites can be deadly to humans or animals, so if you see either of these insects, contact an exterminator
Other spiders, even “Daddy Longlegs” are not deadly, but they can still bite. The bite from a spider is
usually quite painful, resulting in swelling and redness at the site. Allergic reactions to spider bites can
make matters worse, creating respiratory distress and rash. Many times, you may receive a spider bite
and be unaware of it at the time, only to find a small, itchy red bump and wonder where it came from.
Types of Spiders
Black Widow Facts
Female black widows are about 1/2\” long, black with a red hourglass marking on their under side. Webs are irregular. One egg sac can carry 150 eggs (disperse through ballooning) Their bites are toxic. If bitten, seek medical attention.
Brown Recluse Facts
Bites can be deadly to humans. The venomous brown recluse, with a dark brown fiddle-shaped marking is about 1/2” long. They feed upon soft bodied insects. They hunt prey at night. At sunup they drag their food to spun irregular off-white webs in dark secluded areas. Can live up to 3 years. If bitten, seek medical attention.
Daddy Long Legs Facts
Daddy Long Legs are NOT spiders, or even insects, at all! They are part of the Arachnid family but in a different class. They are, in fact, called Harvestmen. They have 3 body sections, not two like spiders, and their legs have seven sections which they can break off to surprise or distract a predator.
Hobo Spider Facts
The Hobo is 3/8-5/8\” long with long legs. Sometime difficult to distinguish from common house spider. Bite similar to Brown Recluse bite—can be deadly. Makes a funnel web, which is not used to capture prey. If bitten, seek medical attention.
Wolf Spider Facts
They’re large, brown, and hairy ranging from 1/2-2” in length. They look much scarier than they actually are. Wolf spiders aren’t typically associated with webs. Inside homes they often hang out near windows, doors, house plants, or storage areas.