Types of Dangerous Spiders found in Southern Indiana (brown recluse spiders, Black Widow, Yellow Sac
Spiders are finding their way indoors more often these days, you can't escape them. They are everywhere, including Southern Indiana. Knowing which ones to look out for can be crucial.
Dangerous Spiders in Indiana
Below are what I consider to be the top 3 dangerous spiders in Indiana that you will find in Southern Indiana.
1) Black Widow Spiders -
The Black Widow Spider is Found throughout most of the Southern United States, this spider is very easy to identify by its jet-black color, round abdomen and the red hourglass shape on its underside.
This spider is very aggressive and female Black Widow spiders have been known to kill the male after mating. They are extremely venomous but unless you happen to be allergic or sensitive to their toxin it usually would not be deadly, though they can prove fatal if untreated by antivenom. This spider is commonly found in dark, secluded areas indoors and outdoors such as underneath rocks, garages and crawlspaces.
Good news though, This spider can be very easily prevented from entering your home or business by sealing openings around the outside of the structure, and applying a residual pesticide to high risk areas.
You can identify the Black widow Spider by its jet black color, round abdomen and the red hourglass shape on its underside.
AKA fiddle back spiders This spider is usually found throughout Southern Indiana and everywhere else in the Southern United States as well. They are a light to medium brown color with a violin shaped marking on the head region, as you can see in my picture here.
This spider is not aggressive at all and prefers to run away and hide in dark corners or dark areas, but will bite if they feel threatened. Brown recluse bites venom can be extremely dangerous to people who are sensitive or allergic, but is normally treatable by medical professionals. These spiders commonly get into wall voids or any area where clutter is found. Due to their reclusive nature, some people do not realize they have them in their homes for years, but it is actually a pretty common spider here in southern Indiana.
You can identify the Brown recluse spider by its light to medium brown color and it usually has a violin shaped marking on the head region and six eyes located in pairs. They get to about the size of a half dollar.
3) Yellow Sac Spiders-
Typically found throughout the Eastern United States, this spider is a very pale yellow color. These spiders can be identified by a small black dot just underneath its abdomen and long legs that have several joints. This spider does not build webs to snare their prey, instead they stalk their victims and attack them in the open. These spiders normally do not bite humans unless you happen to be in direct contact with them or their webs.
Please note that this spider's venom is very potent but is also treatable by medical professionals if bitten. It is usually recommended to seek out immediate medical attention if bitten.
Yikes Pest Control can help you control each of these types of spiders in the Evansville area.
If you suspect you have a brown recluse bite, or any other spider bites you should seek medical attention or go to the emergency room.
Other Indiana Spiders
Yellow Garden Spider-
Typically found throughout Indiana, this spider is very easy to identify by its bright yellow color. This spider builds large circular webs that are strong enough for you to walk right into.
Typically found throughout Indiana, this spider is very easy to identify by its light brown color and ability to run swiftly.
They are one of the few species that will eat their young once they hatch, which is very strange if you ask me.
Typically found throughout most of the Eastern United States, this is a very common type of spider located in homes. They are not harmful to humans unless you happen to be allergic to their venom, but they can bite if you get too close.
Please note that this spider's venom is not strong enough to cause harm in most cases, but it is still recommend that you avoid contact with them.
Typically found throughout Indiana, depending on the species, they can get to be about 3/4 of an inch. They are very hairy and get these large eyes that look like they glow in the dark. These spiders can bite if disturbed, but it doesn't really hurt and shouldn't cause any issues unless you happen to be allergic.
Typically found throughout the Eastern and Central United States, this spider is very easy to identify by its web. Their webs are sticky and usually very large arches that build their webs directly in front of doorways and windows. Please note that this kind of spider's bite can cause severe pain but it should not cause too many issues unless you happen to be allergic.
Eastern Parson Spider-
Typically found throughout Indiana, this spider is very easy to identify by its black and white coloring. They are generally not harmful to humans unless you happen to be allergic, but they can bite if you get too close or disturb them.
Above was a list of most spiders you will encounter here in Southern Indiana, or at least the most dangerous ones found in Indiana. If you would like help identifying the spider you have seen, or would like to have your home treated to help prevent or control these and many more pest issues:
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