Black widow spiders like to hide in areas that are dark and undisturbed. Outside, they may make their home in bales of hay, under eaves and fences, or in woodpiles. Inside, they will use crawl spaces, unused areas in a garage, and cluttered basements as their home. You should always try to clear as much clutter and debris as possible, and remain very cautious when in these areas.
False Black Spiders
Steatoda Grossa, more commonly known as false black widow spiders, are found throughout Washington and they do look very similar to the black widow spider. The only difference is that they do not have any markings on their abdomen. A false black widow spider will bite, but the venom of these spiders is not nearly as toxic as that of actual black widow spiders. Still, it is always best to err on the side of caution. If you find one of these spiders in your home, you should still contact a professional Longview spider control company that can identify the spider and eliminate it for you.
Yellow Sac Spiders
Yellow sac spiders do pose a threat when they bite. Like black widow spiders, yellow sac spiders are found mainly in eastern Washington, but have been found in western parts of the state, as well. Yellow sac spiders are a little smaller than black widow spiders, measuring about one-quarter to one-half an inch in length.
Yellow sac spiders have a particularly menacing look, with a set of chelicerae that protrude in front of their mouth. Yellow sac spiders have sharp fangs and their venom is quite poisonous. The venom of a yellow sac spider is necrotic, which means it can start to kill the skin surrounding the wound. People bitten by yellow sac spiders typically experience pain and discomfort for a couple of hours. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, redness, and swelling are other common symptoms associated with a yellow sac spider bite.
People are most likely to be bitten by a yellow sac spider when they are gardening or performing other outdoor maintenance tasks, such as mowing their lawn. A bite is most likely to occur when people crush these spiders, unknowingly or intentionally, against their skin. Due to the fact that yellow sac spider bites pose such a danger, you should always call a Longview spider control company if you suspect these are making a home of your house or yard.
The Brown Recluse Spider
Many people fear the brown recluse spider and often, yellow sac spiders are mistaken for them. Brown recluse spiders are very dangerous. Their bite is also necrotic and can kill the skin surrounding the wound. Medical attention is usually required. Fortunately, brown recluse spiders are not found in Washington and are most likely to make their home in the midwest and southern areas of the country.