Spiders are eight-legged arachnids that belong to the class Arachnida. They are predators that feed on insects and other small animals. They have two main body parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen, and typically have eight eyes, although some species have fewer. They also have specialized mouthparts called chelicerae, which are used to inject venom into their prey.
Most spiders produce silk, which they use to create webs to catch their prey, to create shelters, or to move around. Some species of spiders are highly venomous and can be dangerous to humans, while others are completely harmless.
At Bug Pro LLC, we recognize that our customers are generally afraid of spiders. However, our trained pest control service technicians aren't. We are here to help you take back control of your homes and businesses from these 8 legged creatures by using our spider control treatments so you don't have to.
Let’s discuss some of the most common spiders people typically see around their homes and businesses in Arkansas.
Black Widow Spider
The black widow spider is found in Arkansas and they are a highly venomous species of spider that belongs to the genus Latrodectus. Black widow spiders are known for their distinctive appearance, with females typically having a shiny black body and a red hourglass-shaped marking on their underside. Males and juvenile black widows may have different markings or colors, and are generally smaller than the females.
Black widow spiders are known for their venomous bite, which can be very dangerous to humans. The venom of the black widow contains neurotoxins that can cause muscle pain and spasms, cramps, sweating, and nausea, among other symptoms. In some cases, the bite can be life-threatening, especially for children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems.
If you suspect that you have been bitten by a black widow spider, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Treatment may include anti-venom medication, pain management, and supportive care.
As you can tell from the information provided above, you don’t want to mess around with black widow spiders.
Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse spider, also known as the violin spider or fiddleback spider, is a venomous spider that is found throughout Arkansas. It is known for its distinctive violin-shaped marking on its cephalothorax (the head and thorax region of the body) and for its potentially dangerous bite. The mature spiders typically have a dark violin shape.
The spider's venom can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, itching, blistering, and in some cases, more serious effects such as necrosis (tissue death) and other systemic reactions. The brown recluse spider is not aggressive and will usually only bite when provoked or threatened, but caution should always be taken when dealing with them as their bites can be serious.
Granddaddy Long Legs (Harvestmen Spider)
Granddaddy long legs is a common name used to refer to two different types of arachnids: the harvestman spider and the cellar spider.
Harvestmen are arachnids that are commonly found in gardens and forests. They have a small body and very long, thin legs. Harvestmen are not true spiders because they have only one body segment and lack silk glands. They are not venomous and do not pose a threat to humans.
Both harvestmen and cellar Spiders are often referred to as granddaddy long legs, but it's important to note that they are two distinct types of arachnids with different characteristics and behaviors.
Daddy Long Legs (Cellar Spider)
Cellar spiders, also known as daddy long legs spiders, are true spiders that belong to the family Pholcidae. They are known for their long, thin legs and small body, and are commonly found in dark, damp places like basements and cellars. Cellar spiders are also not considered dangerous to humans and their venom is not toxic to people.
These spiders are also found in the garages, bathrooms and wash rooms of your home and as well as in your businesses. Many people get these spiders confused with the granddaddy long legs spider, also known as the harvestmen spider, and also occasionally confuse them with the brown recluse spider.
Common House Spiders
Now that you have been reading about spiders here, you can see how spider control and spider treatments can be necessary at times. While there are several thousand varieties of spiders, most of us only deal with about 10 of them in Arkansas. For example, the wolf spider is one of the more common spiders in Arkansas that we deal with daily.