black widow spider on web

All spiders have fangs and possess venom which they use to subdue their prey. But not all spiders present a threat to humans. Some spiders aren't even capable of piercing human skin with their fangs. In North America, there are only two species that are considered a medical threat to humans. You can probably name them. They are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Fortunately, neither of these are native to Connecticut and sightings of these spiders are rare. If either of these spiders gets into your Hartford home, it is likely that they will do it by hitching a ride.

How Hartford Homes Get Dangerous Spiders

Both of these spiders like to hide in dark voids. When they get into storage areas, they sometimes find their way into furniture and other items that can be transported. If you purchase a secondhand item and have it shipped to you from a state where black widows or brown recluse are common, you could have an infestation. Of the two, brown recluse are the worst because they are able to live entirely indoors and grow their populations to startling numbers. Homes in the U.S. have been found to have as many as 6,000 brown recluse spiders infesting them. It's okay. You can gasp. We understand.

How To Identify A Dangerous Spider In Hartford

Identifying a black widow spider is fairly straightforward. Black widows are jet black, visibly hairless, and most have a red hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen. You're not likely to mistake this spider for another. Though there is a group of spiders that are referred to as false black widows. These spiders bear some resemblance to black widow spiders but do not have the potent venom. If you are bitten by a false black widow, it can be painful, but it is no more threatening than being stung by a wasp or a hornet. Along with this, it is important to understand that false black widows are not aggressive spiders. They are more likely to flee from you than bite you.

Brown recluse spiders are commonly mistaken for other brown-colored spiders, though they really should be. Brown recluse spiders have a distinct appearance and are easy to identify, even when they are observed from a distance.

Here are a few identifying characteristics of a brown recluse:

  • This is a tan spider that may have a darker, brown-colored abdomen

  • An adult is about the size of a quarter.

  • It has a dark-colored violin shape in it back, just below its head. Keep in mind that this symbol will be tiny because this spider is tiny.

  • It isn't hairy. If you see a hairy brown spider, you are probably looking at a wolf spider.

  • You may find a brown recluse in a tangled web toward the floor or ground. Wolf spiders don't make webs to catch their prey.

Bite Prevention

You can prevent a bite from one of these spiders by being cautious when opening boxes that have been in storage, or boxes that have been shipped to you. Inspect furniture and other items that have a void inside.

If you see one of these spiders in your Hartford home, you should contact a licensed pest control professional. It is best to not take any chances. This is where we can help.

Spider Control In Hartford

At American Pest Solutions, we provide Hartford residents with the highest level of spider control. The methods we use work to track spider activity and ensure that all dangerous spiders have been eliminated inside your home. If you have questions about how we address spider infestations, we'd be happy to answer them. Reach out to us anytime. You can connect with us right here on our webpage. We have knowledgeable agents standing by to assist you. If you prefer a hands-on approach, you can schedule a home evaluation. This is a pest control inspection that comes with actionable information to help you address your spider problem. We'll direct you toward the right options for your specific needs and budget. Connect with us today and get immediate assistance. We're here to help.

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