Connor's Termite and Pest Control provides information on what spiders are dangerous in Virginia.

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For many people, encountering one of these eight-legged creatures can be a fearful experience. Many people hate the thought of having spiders in their homes, but both indoor and outdoor spiders can be helpful to the environment. Spiders primarily feast on other insects and are actually quite helpful in controlling insect populations, as well as potential infestations of other types of bugs and pests. Nonetheless, it’s important to know which spiders are dangerous in your region.

Indoor vs. outdoor spiders

There are both indoor and outdoor types of spiders. Almost every type of indoor spider species lives exclusively indoors, as they do not have the ability to survive in an outdoor setting. Most indoor spider species are carried into the home through egg sacks that are attached to items that are brought in from one space to another. Most spiders are quite harmless; spiders are more interested in eating other bugs than in causing harm to humans. In fact, spiders can actually help reduce the population of other bugs or pests in the home. Outdoor spiders can also help rid your garden of harmful pests. However, the most dangerous spiders also typically reside in an outdoor environment, and it’s important to know which ones to look out for.

Poisonous spiders in Virgina

One of the most common questions that people ask about spiders is whether or not they are poisonous. The majority of spiders are indeed poisonous in the sense that they contain venom, which they use to paralyze and kill their prey. Even though most spiders contain poisonous venom, it is a small threat to humans, as their fangs are often not long enough to break through skin. The only poisonous spiders that are native to this area are the black widow and the brown recluse. These spiders deliver painful poisonous bites in self defense but are not typically aggressive towards people. Their basic identifying features are as follows:

  • Black widow: These female spiders are easily identifiable with their shiny black bodies and signature red hourglass mark on the back.
  • Brown recluse: These are light brown with a characteristic dark brown violin-shaped spot on their dorsum.

Professional control for dangerous spiders

If you feel that you have potentially dangerous spiders infesting your home or business, or just simply don’t like having them around, give Connor’s Termite and Pest Control a call. We’ll inspect your home, working with you to make sure your needs are taken care of and any problems are addressed.

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