The Greater Austin, Texas terrain offers spiders and other pests a perfect environment to thrive and grow in. If you are a native to this area then you are familiar with the handful of spider species to look out for when it comes to becoming seriously harmed. While most spiders are harmless, there are a few that can do a great deal of damage if they bite you. Funny enough, it is the larger spiders that are not as big of a threat, although they can be very intimidating due to their size; it is often the smaller sized spiders that pack a punch when it comes to poison.
Black Widow Spiders
The most infamous spider in Southern Nevada is the Black Widow. Black Widow spiders can be found almost anywhere in this area, many home owners come across this deadly spider in garages, backyards, and dark corners. Black widow spiders are easily identifiable by the red hour glass shape on the bottom side of their abdomen. Black Widow spiders only bite when they feel threatened, which is why most bites occur when someone has reached into a dark space that is rarely disturbed, surprising the spider and putting them into defense mode. If you come into contact with a Black Widow spider, keep your distance and contact a pest professional from A-Tex Pest Management.
Brown Recluse Spiders
The brown recluse spider is well-known for its appearance and venomous bite. Brown recluse spiders have only 6 eyes (compared the the usual 8) as well as violin shaped markings on the top of their cephalothorax (fused head and thorax) and are also known as fiddleback or violin spiders. As their name suggests, recluse spiders often hide in dark, secluded places such as under porches or deep in closets. If bitten by a brown recluse spider, it’s important to get medical attention right away as bites can lead to blisters and open wound lesions with scarring.
Another threatening looking species of spider that can be found in Greater Austin, Texas is the wolf spider. Wolf spiders are hairy and have eight sets of eyes. Wolf spiders can be a little scary to come across for the first time because of the thickness of their bodies. Wolf spiders can grow to have thick abdomens and thick legs, making them appear to be heavy and dense. Wolf spiders can grow to be quite large, larger than the black widow spider. Wolf spiders are venomous, but not as dangerous as the brown recluse or black widow spider. However, the bite of a wolf spider is said to be quite painful. They are fast ground hunters.