Many people have a fear of spiders. As many as 40% of the population has a fear of bugs, including spiders, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Known as arachnophobes, people scared of spiders take no chances when it comes to poisonous or not. Spiders do keep the insect population in check, killing 400-800 million tons of insects a year. Despite this positive trait, spiders generate fear with their sudden movements, with their hiding in dark places, and with their downright creepy appearances.

There are very few reported deaths from spider bites. Bee stings are far more common and outnumber spider bites. It is important to take a spider bite seriously, however, and emergency care sought right away. Three of the most venomous spiders are the black widow, the brown recluse, and the hobo spider. Here are some quick tips on identity these dangerous spiders:

Black Widow

The female black widow spider is identifiable by the red markings on their underside. Male black widow spiders aren’t as venomous as the females and are usually thinner and more gray in color. While black widow spiders can be found in any state, they are more prominent in warmer states where they can hunt for prey outside.

The Brown Recluse

Brown recluse spiders are known for their violin shape and 6 eyes. In fact, the best way to identify a brown recluse is by counting its eyes! Most spiders have 8 eyes so a spider with just 6 eyes is a brown recluse. These spiders also have smooth, hairless legs. Brown recluse spiders are excellent at hiding and they tend to not travel with humans, unlike black widow spiders.

The Hobo Spider

Hobo spider bites are often mistaken for brown recluse spider bites. The spiders, while similar in appearance, are distinguishable by the herringbone pattern on the hobo spider. Hobo spiders are typically found in the northeastern part of the U.S. and Canada.

There are over 40,000 types of spiders in the world. For people with arachnophobia, a spider is a spider, whether it is venomous or not. Once startled by a spider, taking time to identify the type is out of the question. If you have a fear of spiders, here’s a few facts to know about them:

  • They like dark places. Spiders like dark places and often we startle them as much as they startle us.
  • They really like insects. If there are a lot of insects in your house, chances are spiders are there too.
  • Their webs are made of strong stuff. A spider’s web is made of strands of protein and is half as strong as steel.
  • Some scholars believe a fear of spiders started in the Middle Ages. Spiders were blamed for many ailments, including the plague.

Killing a spider out of fear with a shoe or other object is a short-term solution. Entering a basement, attic, or shed without fear or apprehension is important to enjoying your home. While fake spiders and spider webs make for fun Halloween decorating, encountering the real thing isn’t much fun.

Miller Pest & Termite has been in the business since 2001. Our professional staff quickly evaluates and decides the best course of treatment to rid your home or business of spiders. While spiders do help control the insect population, arachnophobia is a real phobia that affects 50 percent of women and 16 percent of men. If you do have spiders and are unsure if they are venomous, don’t delay in contacting us.

To learn more about how Miller Pest & Termite can help you with your spider dilemma, contact us. We take phobias seriously and we will work to find the best solution so you can relax and enjoy your home.