What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and they all have two body regions (cephalothorax and abdomen), eight legs, no wings or antennae, and fangs (chelicerae). Spiders typically have eight eyes, but some species may only have six. Spiders come in a wide range of colors and sizes. They are a predatory species that play an important part in the ecosystem by helping to keep populations of nuisance insects in check. The common spider species found in Charlotte are black widow, brown recluse, wolf, jumping, house, and orb-weaver spiders.

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  • Black widow spiders are identified by an orange-red "hourglass" mark on the underside of their abdomen. These spiders may also have light red or white markings on their abdomens and backs. Their round bodies are black and shiny.

  • Brown recluse spiders are yellowish-gray to black in color and their abdomen is covered in gray hairs. Their long legs are darker in color than their body. This spider has a unique violin-like pattern on the top of its body. They have three pairs of eyes that are distinctly arranged in a semi-circle.

  • Wolf spiders do not catch prey with webs. Instead, they chase down and hunt their prey. Wolf spiders are dark brown in color with pale or yellowish markings. Their robust bodies and powerful legs are covered in hair.

  • Jumping spiders have the ability to jump twenty-five times their own height. Jumping spiders are easily identified by their stout bodies and thick, powerful legs. These spiders are black, brown, gray, or tan in color with pale markings.

  • House spiders range in size from 3/16th to 5/16th of an inch in length. Their exact color can vary greatly, but they are typically yellowish-brown with distinctive dark chevron markings on their bodies and legs.

  • Orb-weaver spiders come in a wide range of colors and sizes. The most common way orb-weaver spiders are identified is by the spiral wheel-shaped webs they create. Many orb-weavers build a new web each day.

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders have the potential to be dangerous, but most of the spider species we come into contact with on a regular basis pose no real threat to people. Wolf, jumping, house, and orb-weaver spiders are all simply nuisance spiders. If bitten by one of these spiders, their venom is not strong enough to cause any significant health problems in people. Other spiders found living in our area do, unfortunately, have the potential to be dangerous to people. Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders both are shy and reclusive but do have venom that is strong enough to create serious health problems. Care should always be taken around these spiders, and they should never be purposely handled.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders live outside on any property that provides them with food, water, and safe sources of shelter. Spiders typically become problematic inside homes after following food sources (insects) inside. They tend to become more of an issue for homeowners in the winter because a lot of insects overwinter indoors. It is also not uncommon for spiders to move indoors if the weather outside becomes too hot, dry, or wet for them to live comfortably.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders hide or create their webs or burrows in a variety of outdoor locations - gardens, rock piles, wood piles, underneath debris, in shrubs and bushes, or in holes in the ground. Spiders that have made their way inside hide in dark, quiet areas. Typical hiding spots include closets, basements, crawlspaces, attics, wall voids, under furniture, in storage boxes, or under bedding.

How do I get rid of spiders?

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How can I prevent spiders in the future?

Doing the following in your North Carolina home and around your property can help to prevent problems with spiders in the future:

  • Seal gaps or other openings in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Repair water leaks both inside and outside your home.

  • Maintain your lawn, keeping it cut short.

  • Place weather stripping around exterior windows and doors.

  • Remove debris and overgrown vegetation from your property.

  • Trim tree branches, shrubs, and bushes away from the exterior of your home.

  • Place woodpiles and garden areas a distance away from the exterior of your home.


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