Woodlouse Hunter, Bold Jumper, Carolina Wolf, Gray Wall Jumper – hishese are just some of the Texas spiders that lurk outside our yards, and possibly even our homes. According to a study done by Texas A & M, there are close to 900 species of spiders in Texas.
Some Texas spiders are venomous and potentially life-threatening, but some (even though they look intimidating) are harmless. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve broken down the types of Texas spiders so you can identify if they’re dangerous or not.
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Types of Common Texas Spiders
Out of the 900 species of Texas spiders, only two species are seriously poisonous to humans: the widow spiders and the recluse spiders. A handful of spider species can cause a painful poisonous bite, but the pain is similar to a bee sting. Some people can even suffer from a serious allergic reaction due to the spider bite.
The Brown Recluse spider thrives in Texas and throughout southern and Midwestern states. This type of spider is likely to live under homes, in cellars and piles of debris. The brown recluse is also likely to be found in dark, cooler areas, like attics, basements, closets, small crevices, etc. One good thing about this Texas spider is that it mostly keeps to itself and avoids all human contact.
One way to identify this spider is its eye pattern, “six eyes that sit in three pairs on the spider’s back in the pattern of a violin,” according to Texas A & M.
If you’re bitten by a Brown Recluse, you should seek medical care immediately. Within 24 hours of being bitten, the victim will experience chills, fever, nausea, and pain. When the venom enters the body, it kills the tissue surrounding the wound.
Overall: These spiders are very aggressive and can be deadly. Avoid them at all costs.
Southern Black Widow
These creepy little spiders are found all throughout the U.S., and especially in Texas. The Lone Star State is also home to the Western Black Widow, the Northern Black Widow and the Brown Widow.
To identify the Black Widow, look for a black spider with a red hourglass marking on its stomach. Creepy – we know! These Texas spiders love to hang out in dark places, like garages, basements, and under homes.
Those bitten by this dangerous little spider will have difficulty breathing and quickly lose consciousness. Anyone who has been bitten by a Black Widow should immediately seek medical help.
Overall: These spiders are highly venomous and can be deadly. Avoid them at all costs.
Just the thought of Tarantulas make our skin crawl, and we know we’re not the only ones! These Texas spiders love to stay in the shade during those hot Texas days and hunts at night. There are numerous species of tarantulas that live in Texas. You can find Tarantulas in grasslands and semi-open areas, feeding on insects.
To identify a Tarantula, look for long hairy legs and long fangs. Their bite will cause pain, but the bite is much more dangerous if the victim suffers from an allergic reaction. The hair alone on Tarantulas can cause skin irritation for some people.
Overall: Tarantulas mind their own business, and are not poisonous to humans but can cause an allergic reaction.
As if spiders weren’t scary enough… now they can jump?! Jumping spiders are found throughout Texas, but they’re not as scary as they sound.
Jumping spiders only bite when they’re cornered or scared, and the reaction from the bite is mild and localized. You can find these Texas spiders in gardens where they enjoy hunting their prey, and they’re most active during the day.
Overall: Jumping spiders aren’t particularly harmful to humans, and their venom isn’t considered medically threatening.
These are the Texas spiders that you can commonly find around your home or in your yard or garden. They hunt their prey at night and can move very fast when they’re scared.
To identify a Wolf Spider, look for a grayish-brown color with a distinct Union Jack impression on its back. An adult Wolf Spider is about a ½ inch to 1 inch in length.
A Wolf Spider’s bite is poisonous, but not lethal. Although this spider isn’t aggressive, they will bite you if they’re provoked and should be considered dangerous to humans. Their bite may be painful, and anyone bitten should seek medical help as soon as possible.
Overall: This spider is venomous, but not aggressive.
If you’ve been bitten by a spider, seek medical help immediately, even if you’re not sure what kind of spider it was.
If you want to take precaution and make sure no Texas spiders enter your home, call Dynasty Pest Control and we’ll inspect your home (for FREE) for any pests, including spiders. We’ll eliminate any current pests in your home, and prevent others from entering.
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