Spiders in Alabama

Spiders are good at robbing people of their peace of mind. These creepy crawlers can show up in your home or business. It is important to be familiar with Alabama's harmful spiders.

Types Of Spiders In Alabama

A black widow has a plump abdomen that is shiny and black. Females have a red hourglass on the underside of the abdomen. These spiders may be small or large depending on their age.

Brown recluses are light tan to medium brown in color. Their legs are long and spindly, and they often look almost translucent. The backs of the abdomen and thorax may be different shades of brown. These spiders may be about the size of a nickel or a quarter. They are especially distinguishable by the violin shape on their backs.

Yellow sac spiders look similar to brown recluses but have a yellowish hue if you look closely at them. They have hairless spindly legs and are about the same size as a recluse. However, they lack the violin shape on their backs.

Grass spiders and house spiders may be mistaken for brown recluses. They do not have a violin shape on their backs. Also, their abdomens may have designs, and a brown recluse's abdomen does not have a design.

There are plenty of other types of garden and tree spiders. While their bites may hurt and cause a bump, most other spiders that are native to Alabama do not pose health risks.

Dangers Of Spiders

The main danger with spider bites is skin necrosis. Both brown recluses and yellow sac spiders have bites that cause necrosis. Any necrotic effects from yellow sac spider bites are minimal and mild. Brown recluse bites can lead to severe and spreading necrosis with major discoloration. If left untreated, the dead tissue may need to be excised and could leave a gap.

Black widow bites are painful and often cause illness. You may notice distinct double fang marks near the site of a black widow bite. Instant burning, pain and swelling may be present. The venom of a black widow is stronger than rattlesnake venom. Fatalities are rare. In some cases, aches, cramps and flu-like symptoms require medical care.

Where To Find Spiders

Black widows like damp and dark places. Fortunately, they prefer the outdoors. You may see them in a garage, in a water spout, under plants in your garden or near trash bins. If they come into your home, you may see them in a basement or in a room with moisture. Black widows are not aggressive and will not bite unless they are purposely or accidentally provoked.

Brown recluses and yellow sac spiders prefer cool, dry and dark places. People are often bitten when they put on shoes and clothing or when they reach into boxes. These spiders will hide in any location where there is minimal foot traffic and little to no light. You may also see them in dark attics or basements.

If you see spiders in Northeast Alabama, call Custom Pest Control. Do not rely on ineffective DIY methods and risk the problem worsening. We also offer pest control services for many different insects and rodents. Call us for a free estimate if you have any type of pest problem.