Spiders Every Dallas/Fort Worth Resident Should Avoid


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There are two types of people in this world, those who fear all spiders, and those who respect the spiders that could cause them harm. For most people, a lack of understanding causes them to fear all spiders, not knowing which ones are safe and which could send them to the hospital. It is only the individuals who know how to identify 8 legged threats, that are able to address spiders with respect rather than fear and avoid the ones that might cause them harm. If you do not know how to spot dangerous spiders, we are here to help.

The Two Dangerous Spiders In Dallas/Fort Worth

Here in Dallas/Fort Worth, we only have two known species of dangerous spider, the brown recluse, and the black widow. These spiders are known for their potent venom. As long as you are not an infant, an elderly person, or have pre-existing medical conditions that make you more susceptible to the venom of these spider bites, and as long as you reive medical attention quickly, you shouldn't have to worry about a bite from one of these spiders killing you. A bite from one of these spiders can result in:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Severe to high blood pressure
  • Joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Seizures or comas (extremely rare)

If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately to minimize your risk of more serious injury.

How To Identify Dangerous Spiders

Out of these two spiders, the black widow is the easiest to identify with its small .5 to 1.5 inch long dark black body and distinct red hourglass symbol on the underside of its abdomen. 
Brown recluse spiders, on the other hand, are much more difficult to identify since many other species of spider look similar to them. The brown recluse is sandy brown in color and has a backward violin shape on its head that is a dark brown. This shape is not always clearly defined and may not always appear like a musical instrument. This and the fact that other spiders share similar markings make the brown recluse harder to distinguish. The only feature that truly sets them apart is the fact that they have 6 eyes instead of the typical 8. (But getting close enough to see this feature is not recommended!) Instead, do your best to avoid any spider that might be a brown recluse.

How To Keep Dangerous Spiders Out Of Your Home

No one in their right mind wants the risk of finding a brown recluse or black widow in their home. For this reason, we offer professional pest control services here at It’s Bugs Or Us. We care about your family's safety which is why all of our services are conducted carefully and meticulously to ensure your home stays spider-free. 

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