The Most Dangerous Spiders in the U.S.
Most people don’t like spiders because of their creepy appearance, the messy webs they leave behind, and their tendency to pop up where you least expect them. That said, most spiders are harmless, and in certain settings, they do us a favor by eating other insects. However, there are a few kinds of spiders you need to watch out for in your home, and which should be avoided at all costs. Keep reading to learn about the most dangerous spiders in the U.S., and remember that if you are dealing with a spider infestation, you can always call our experienced professionals at Frame’s Pest Control.
The 3 Most Common Poisonous Spiders in the United States:
- The Black Widow: Most people are aware of what the black widow spider looks like, due to its distinctive black and red color pattern. There are three types of black widow spiders in the United States, and all are quite poisonous. Several hundred people have been killed by these spiders since black widow bites first started being recorded in the 1950s, so the threat of this spider is not to be taken lightly. Black widows are extremely aggressive, and may bite either people or pets when they feel threatened. If you see even one black widow on your property, leave the premises and call a professional immediately. And if you or someone you know is bitten by a black widow, drop everything and rush to the emergency room right away.
- The Brown Recluse: Though perhaps not as well-known as the black widow, the brown recluse is definitely one of the most deadly spiders in North America. Also referred to as the violin or fiddleback spider because of the markings on its back, this brown spider likes to blend in with wood, which is why they commonly hide in attics or piles of firewood. The venom of the brown recluse is extremely toxic and one bite can really damage human flesh, so if you spot one your property, have an exterminator get rid of it ASAP. And remember, the “recluse” part of this spider’s name is just as important as the brown part—brown recluses like to hide, so you should always be careful when working with wood to keep an eye out for them.
- The Hobo Spider: One of the reasons hobo spiders are so dangerous is that they are often mistaken for the common brown house spider. Luckily, you may be able to identify this spider by its notable funnel web. A hobo spider will construct its nest outdoors and wait at the bottom of the funnel web for its prey. While hobo spiders are known to be aggressive in the wild, they rarely attack humans unless provoked, so you are only likely to be bitten by a hobo spider if accidentally sit or step on one. These spiders typically hide in dark places like shoes and boots, so you may want to check your footwear before putting it on if you live in an area of the country where they are found (mostly the Pacific Northwest.) The bite of the hobo spider is painful, and can cause tissue death, so you will want to take action ASAP if someone is bitten by a hobo spider in your home.