Hundreds of millions of people from all around the world suffer from arachnophobia (fear of spiders). They don’t just haunt dreams of young kids, but they also make adults scream in terror. The question is this: are they really that scary? Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common species of spiders.

 

Black Widow

They are the most venomous spiders in North America. They are also present in temperate climates across the globe. The venom of a black widow spider is 15 times more toxic than that of the infamous rattlesnake. The good news is it is only aggressive when its nest is disturbed.

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Brown Recluse 

These spiders prefer solitude. They build their webs in dark areas that go undisturbed. The natural instinct of brown recluse spiders when they are disturbed is to flee, but they will bite if provoked. Rather than relying completely on their webs in order to catch prey, they will eat their own kind to survive.

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Hobo 

People think that hobo spiders are aggressive because of their quick movements. However, they actually have poor vision, making them run towards people directly. Hobo spiders weave webs that aren’t sticky unlike most spider webs. Because of their poor vision, hobo spiders are terrible climbers which is why they are often seen at ground level.

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Wolf

Wolf spiders are large in size, reaching up to two inches long. They are named such because the way they hunt prey is similar to that of wolves’. Unlike wolves, however, they can’t move their eyes, which forces them to move their entire bodies when stalking. Wolf spiders are nocturnal hunters. They don’t rely on their webs in catching prey. Instead, they run after them. 

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Causes of Spider Infestations

A spider infestation has one simple cause, and that is overpopulation. Spiders are present in homes all year round. If the habitat seems favorable to them, their population will grow rapidly.

Arachnids love hiding in warm and dry places such as corners, window frames, boxes, and the distance between walls and furniture. Most species spin webs in order to hunt insects. If food (insects) is abundant in your home, they can easily thrive in it.

How to Address a Spider Infestation Problem

Unlike other pests, a spider is easy to deal with. As a matter of fact, you can use your vacuum cleaner to take it out from its web. Here’s the catch: regardless of how many spiders you deal with, they’ll keep reappearing in your home unless you exterminate their source of food which are cockroaches, ants, flies, and other insects. We suggest you call a professional exterminator to avoid experiencing an infestation again in the future.