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SPIDERS

Do you have spiders?
Are you wanting to know if they are harmful?
Or how to get rid of them?

The following links can help you identify the spiders around your house, as well as answer some of your questions.

  • Black Widow Spider
  • Brown Recluse Spider
  • Wolf Spider
  • Sun Spider
  • Jumping Spider

In general, all spiders bite, but their bites are not all equally poisonous. Most spider bites are no worse than a mosquito bite. However the black widow and the brown recluse bites are quite poisonous. They eat insects, which leads many people to believe they are a good thing to have around.

Spiders are of the family arachnid. They have two body parts, eight segmented legs and fangs that inject venom into their victims. They have no antennae.

They build webs made of silk. Each type of spider spins a different pattern of web, from elaborate orbs to random tangles.

Spiders are hatched from eggs. Most spiders have a life span of around 2 years.

Do you have spiders?
Are you wanting to know if they are harmful?
Or how to get rid of them?

The following links can help you identify the spiders around your house, as well as answer some of your questions.

  • Black Widow Spider
  • Brown Recluse Spider
  • Wolf Spider
  • Sun Spider
  • Jumping Spider

In general, all spiders bite, but their bites are not all equally poisonous. Most spider bites are no worse than a mosquito bite. However the black widow and the brown recluse bites are quite poisonous. They eat insects, which leads many people to believe they are a good thing to have around.

Spiders are of the family arachnid. They have two body parts, eight segmented legs and fangs that inject venom into their victims. They have no antennae.

They build webs made of silk. Each type of spider spins a different pattern of web, from elaborate orbs to random tangles.

Spiders are hatched from eggs. Most spiders have a life span of around 2 years.

Black Widows

The Western black widow spider is the species found in Colorado. They are poisonous and they do bite, so if you see one it is best to stay away from it and call a pest control company, unless you are certain you can kill it without getting bitten. The female black widow is more likely to bite a human. The male rarely bites.

The female black widow is larger than the male and looks completely different. The female is black and shiny with long spindly legs and a large, black body that has a red hourglass shape on the underside.The male is light brown with lighter stripes on the underside.The web of this spider is not symetrical. In fact it is very messy, with strings of silk going every which way.If you suspect you have been bitten by a Black Widow, seek immediate medical attention. The venom from the black widow can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Pets can also be bitten by black widows and will need medical attention.

Brown Recluse

The Brown Recluse spider is a rather small spider, usually only the size of a quarter or less. They are brown in color and have a distinct violin shape on their back.They don't move very fast, generally preferring to just hide out in dark places.

Symptoms of a recluse bite include initial aches - somewhat like flu symptoms. After 1 to 5 days the bite area will become red, very sore to the touch and may start festering up or even opening like a sore without the scab.The brown recluse is not an aggressive spider and usually will not attack or bite unless they feel threatened, (such as being smashed) or pinched.They are found in dark, remote places, such as; a woodpile, a barn, the back corner of a closet, even inside a shoe or a box.If you are bitten by one of these spiders, you may not know it for several days since the bite is generally not painful when it first occurs.

Wolf Spider

Have you had an encounter with a very large, very fast, brown or gray spider? These are generally wolf spiders.

Wolf Spiders are common in Colorado and are often found in or around homes and offices and while they are very frightening to anyone afraid of spiders, they are generally harmless. Wolf spiders do bite if provoked, but they are not considered harmful to humans.

This spider can range in size from small (less than an inch) to very large (our technicians have reported seeing them as large as the palm of their hand). They are most commonly around 2" across with their leg span. The wolf spider is brown or gray in color. Generally they are trying to blend in to the background.

Interestingly enough, according to Wikipedia, a wolf spider's eyes reflect light. So if you shine a light on them in the dark, their eyes will glow! Like they weren't spooky enough!

These spiders are different in the way they carry their egg sac. They sac is attached to their abdomen, and they simply carry it with them. When the young are hatched the climb up on the parent's abdomen and ride around with them.

Sun Spider

Sun Spiders, sometimes known as Wind Scorpions, Camel Spiders or Wind Spiders, have a somewhat different look than other spiders. They still have 8 legs, but because they have two very long mouth pieces or appendages (called pedipalps) it looks as though they have 10 legs. These appendages are used to capture their food.

These Spiders are more common central and eastern Colorado, since they prefer arid, desert-like conditions. Although if provoked, these spiders will bite, they do not have venom, so they are generally not harmful to humans. Unfortunately if they do bite, their pincers are very strong, causing a painful wound that is prone to infection.

These arachnids can range in size, but are generally 1-1/2" to 2" long. The wind spider is beige, or light tan in color. They can move very fast and are generally non-aggressive.The sun scorpion reproduces by laying eggs, 50 to 200 at a time, which are guarded closely by the female.These camel spiders have a very distinct look, which is why some people call them wind or sun scorpions. They look similar to a scorpion without the stinger-like tail.

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