Common types of spiders in North Carolina Spiders
Spiders are not insects but rather arachnids. They all have eight legs, two body regions, and multiple pairs of eyes. They do not have wings, antennae, or chewing mouthparts. While there are tens of thousands of spiders found throughout the world, there are only a handful that are considered common to North Carolina.
Are spiders dangerous?
Whether or not a spider is dangerous depends on the species. In North Carolina, both venomous and nuisance spiders are present. Bites from venomous spiders can be dangerous and cause serious health problems.
Which spiders are venomous?
Venomous spiders in North Carolina include the black widow, brown recluse, false black widow, and yellow sac spider. A black widow spider bite is not typically life threatening but the symptoms require medical attention. A brown recluse spider bite can cause the skin around the bite to ulcerate. Healing may take weeks or months and the wound is prone to infection and scarring. Because of the symptoms and serious health consequences, those bit by a brown recluse should seek medical treatment right away. A bite from a false black widow may produce a similar response as the true black widow, only less severe. Yellow sac spider bites feel similar to that of a bee sting and the symptoms are much less severe than that of a brown recluse spider bite.
What causes spider problems?
Spiders are most often found living outside in places that include gardens, dense landscaping, woodpiles, tall grasses, underneath of mulch and leaf litter, and between rocks and stones. They are also commonly found living in outbuildings like sheds, barns, and garages. Spiders enter homes and buildings while searching for prey or in the colder months while looking for a place where they can overwinter. If a home has an insect problem then spiders are also likely to show up for the prey.
How do you get rid of spiders?
The best way to get rid of spiders is to partner with a pest control company that has the knowledge and tools needed to eliminate spider infestations in both homes and businesses. For homeowners in North Carolina, we highly recommend implementing a year-round residential pest control plan that will take care of spiders and their food source. Likewise, businesses should have an ongoing pest management program in place.
How do you keep spiders out of your home?
In order to keep spiders out, you have to ensure they don’t have the opportunity to get in. To accomplish this, we recommend implementing the following spider prevention tips:
- Remove potential hiding spots including wood piles.
- Seal cracks and openings on the exterior of the structure.
- Install window screens or repair/replace torn ones
- Keep garage doors closed when not in use.
- Install door sweeps and screen doors
- Eliminate clutter especially in areas where there isn’t a lot of human traffic, namely storage closets and attics.
- Make sure insects (i.e. their food source) cannot get inside.
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