Are the Spiders in Cedar Hill Dangerous?
October 15, 2021 - Spiders
Texas has one of the largest populations of spider species, with over 900 different spider varieties found in the state. While you may not find all of these spider species in Cedar Hill, there are certain spider types that you should be looking out for.
Common Area Spiders
Not all spider species in Cedar Hill are dangerous. Even though all spiders possess venom and fangs, only two species of spider in North America are medically dangerous to humans – the black widow and the brown recluse. Unfortunately, both of these spiders are native to the area, making them so important to identify correctly.
Below, check out our quick rundown of common spider species found in Cedar Hill.
- Black Widow: Venomous, black spiders with a red hourglass on the abdomen
- Brown Recluse: Venomous, golden-brown or tan body, violin-shaped dark brown marking on the head
- Wolf Spider: Very large, brownish color, tan stripe on the back. Mostly harmless to humans
- Cellar Spider: Skinny long legs, light brown coloring. Harmless to humans, builds many webs
- Funnel Web Grass Spider: Commonly mistaken for a brown recluse spider. Body is brownish or grey with light and dark colored stripes.
There may be other species of spider that you can encounter in Cedar Hill, but these are the most commonly identified ones that may be found in or around your home.
Identifying a Black Widow or Brown Recluse
Black widows and brown recluse spiders are both native to the Cedar Hill area and should be kept in mind. You are likely to find black widow spiders in dark, cool areas, such as garages or basements, or around the foundation of your home. Their webs are very sticky, and they will attack if their web gets disturbed; the best way to identify a black widow is to look for a shiny, black bulbous body and red hourglass shape on the abdomen.
Brown recluse spiders are one of the most commonly misidentified spiders. Many spider species can share their brownish color and dark violin-shaped pattern on their head. Therefore, at first glance, it's hard to know for certain which spider type you are dealing with.
In general, brown recluse spiders can be positively identified by their dark violin shape in which the skinny endpoints back to the abdomen. Brown recluses also have six eyes arranged in pairs, a uniformly colored abdomen, fine leg hairs, and a length between 3/8 of an inch to one inch. Brown recluse spiders prefer to keep their webs out of sight and can be found in any hidden, dark area of your home.
If you suspect that you have encountered a black widow or brown recluse spider, seek medical attention immediately. The bites of these two spiders can create serious, or even fatal, problems when left untreated.
Cedar Hill Spider Control Assistance With ProActive Pest Services
While you may be able to combat a spider infestation with home remedies and bug sprays, contacting a professional service is the best – and safest – solution for your spider problem.
Regardless of whether your infestation is caused by the more dangerous black widow or brown recluse spiders or is simply a more troublesome infestation of cellar spiders, the experts at ProActive Pest Services can give you useful advice and proper assistance in eliminating your spider infestation so you can relax around your home and garden. Reach out to us today to learn more about our spider control options!