Spiders Threatening to Invade North Carolina Homes This Summer

August 9, 2018

With the arrival of summer, we are starting to see an increase in spider populations. Spiders thrive during the summertime due to the plentiful amounts of insects for them to feed on. When spiders invade homes, they leave behind unsightly webs and startle the residents of the home as they scurry around inside. While some spiders are merely a nuisance, others are venomous and present serious health risks. In North Carolina, there are several different types of spiders that could be invading your home. Let’s discuss some of the most common spiders in the area that you may experience problems with this season.

brown recluse spider in basement

Black Widow Spiders

Black widow spiders are mostly black except for the distinctive red hourglass-shape on their abdomens; they may also have red or white spots on their bodies. Good news for us, they tend to bite humans only when disturbed. However, you can see how living with these creatures in and around your house is less than ideal. If you are bitten by a black widow spider, seek medical attention immediately as these spiders are venomous.

False Black Widow Spiders

False black widow spiders look very similar to black widow spiders except for the fact that they do not have the distinguishing red hourglass marking. These spiders can bite as well, they are not very aggressive and will only bite when they feel threatened. These spiders are venomous as well, so if you are bitten by a false black widow, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Cellar Spiders

Cellar spiders are tan or yellow in color and have small bodies with very long legs. These spiders are often found living in damp, dark places such as basements and cellars, hence their name. Though these spiders can bite, their mouthparts are too small to break the skin, and are therefore harmless to humans.

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders range in color from light to dark brown and are known for their violin-shaped markings, as well as for being venomous. A brown recluse bite can cause pain for hours, leave a blister, and cause other symptoms such as fever and restlessness. When living outdoors, brown recluse spiders like to hide in and around rocks and wood piles; one inside a home, however, these spiders can typically be found hiding in piles of clothes or under furniture.

Giant House Spiders

Giant house spiders are common household-invading spiders and are extremely large; in fact, their bodies alone can be 3/4 of an inch long and the males can have a leg span of up to four inches long! Giant house spiders range in color from brown to beige to even an orange color and though they are not venomous, these spiders can be quite intimidating due to their large size.

Orb Weaver Spiders

Orb weaver spiders are a little harder to distinguish from other spiders due to the fact that their color coloring and size can vary widely. These spiders are well-known for their unique webs which are spiraled and two-dimensional.

Yellow Sac Spiders

Yellow sac spiders are small spiders with long, thin legs and are easily identifiable by their pale beige or yellow coloring. These spiders are venomous and do bite; these bites may require medical attention, though the symptoms are much less severe than many other venomous spider bites.

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders have thick, stout bodies with long, hairy legs and are dark in color. These spiders get their name from their preferred way of catching their prey: these spiders hunt down their prey instead of using a web. Inside homes, wolf spiders can typically be found hiding under furniture. Though these spiders are frightening to run into, they are not considered dangerous.

Whether the spiders in your home are dangerous or not, they can be unpleasant to live with. Here are a few tips we recommend to keep spiders out of your home:

  • Seal any cracks or openings on the exterior of your home that spiders could use to gain access to your home.
  • Store piles of clothes or papers in sealed containers.
  • Keep doors closed when possible and place screens on all the windows and doors in your home.
  • Keep other pests out of your home, especially insects.

If you’re dealing with harmful spiders or nuisance spiders in your home, the best way to get rid of them is to enlist the help of a pest control professional. Spiders can multiply quickly and if left unchecked, can infest your entire home. At A-1 Pest Control, our professionals can rid your home of unwanted spider infestations with our year-round residential pest control plan. Contact us at A-1 Pest Control for more information!

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