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Missouri is home to many different types of spiders of all different sizes, shapes, and colors. Some of them are very poisonous and a spider bite could be dangerous and require medical attention. Spiders can live in almost any habitat. Below are some of the most common spiders in the Show-Me State. Call Sho-Me Pest Control to rid your home or business from these unwanted pests.
Black Widow Spider
Black widow spiders are venomous spiders found in Mid-Missouri and our service area. With venom known to travel through a victim's bloodstream and affect the nervous system when injected, It is clear that the black widow spider is a dangerous arachnid to encounter. Black widow spider bites may also cause severe cramping in the abdomen muscles and the back, fevers, tremors, and labored breathing, among others. Though bites don't typically end in death, and it is rare to have long-term complications, seek immediate medical attention if a black widow spider has bitten you. Recognizable due to the red hourglass-shaped marking on the underside of the globular abdomen, black widows are jet black in color. They differ slightly in appearance based on sex, as the underbody of the black widow male features a white marking with red spots. Call your professional exterminator at Sho-Me Pest Control to get rid of black widow spiders in and around your home.
Brown Recluse Spider
A brown recluse has a dark brown violin shape on the cephalothorax (the portion of the body to which the legs attach). The neck of the violin points backward toward the abdomen. However, what you should look at instead is the eye pattern of 6 eyes in pairs with a space separating the pairs. They prefer to live in undisturbed, seldom-used areas such as boxes, underneath tables and chairs, closets, attics, crawlspaces, and basements. Outside, they live around rocks, logs, woodpiles, utility boxes, exterior rodent bait stations and debris. When disturbed, the spider will usually try to run for cover instead of biting. Bites most commonly occur when putting on rarely used clothing and shoes, cleaning out closets or storage areas, and rolling over on one while in bed.
Cellar spiders in Missouri are typically found in basements, cellars, crawl spaces, and other dark, damp places. They are usually pale yellow, light brown, or gray in color and have very long, thin legs. They hang upside down from their webs which are built in the corners of garages, sheds, barns, on eaves, window frames, ceilings, closets, etc.
Black and yellow garden spiders are found in Mid-Missouri. Females are much brighter in color and are up to four times larger than males. They can produce a complex web around homes, apartments, or businesses with a distinctive zig-zag pattern in the center. Their diet consists of flies, bees, and other flying prey. Garden spiders produce venom but are not harmful to humans. You do not have to worry about garden spiders disturbing you in the cooler months, as most females die off after the first frost.
Jumping spiders in mid-Missouri can be black, brown, or gray in color with white, gray, yellow, red, blue, or green markings. They have a furry, compact body with relatively short legs. Despite their short legs, they can jump up to 20 times their body length! The jumping spider is active during the day and prefers sunlight. They may be found in homes underneath furniture, in drapery, on bookshelves, around door or window molding, etc. Outdoors, they are found under loose bark, between leaves, under stones, on decks, etc.
Orb-weaver spiders come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. They generally have a rounded abdomen and orange, brown or black coloring. Body size ranges from 6mm for males to 10-20mm for females. They’re commonly found in corners, eves, and under decks and protective porches on homes, apartments, and businesses. Orb-weaver spiders will often spin a new web every night.
Wolf spiders are very common in central Missouri and are quite large. These spiders have long legs and can vary in color from gray, brown, black, and tan with dark brown or black stripes. Wolf spiders don’t spin webs, but instead hunt down their prey. Females are larger than males and will vary in size from 1/4th” to 1” inch not counting their legs. Wolf spiders’ dwell in Missouri woodlands and near areas of water. A wolf spider’s diet consists of all ground dwelling insects, including other spiders. If provoked, wolf spiders can bite but are generally harmless to humans. Female wolf spiders will carry an egg sac at the bottom of their abdomen and later carry the babies on their back. Wolf spiders will scare you if you are surprised by one in your home. Call Sho-Me Pest and your pest control experts.
If you need spider control, contact Sho-Me pest control today to eliminate these pests before they take over your home or residential properties. Sho-Me Pest Control services St. Robert, Waynesville, Lebanon, Rolla, St. James, Dixon, Richland, Newburg, Crocker, Stoutland, Laquey, Plato, Houston, Licking, Salem, Ft. Leonard Wood, Falcon, Roby and all surrounding areas.