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FAQs About The Spiders That Live In Indianapolis

a spider on a web

Spiders are one of the most common home-invading pests because they are attracted to places with prey pests. So if you are dealing with another insect problem, there is a good chance you will have spiders. Because spiders and other pests go hand-in-hand, it is usually best to get professional services rather than DIY home pest control. Action Pest Control can assist you with all your Indianapolis pest control needs.

How Many Eyes And Legs Do Spiders Have?

Spiders are arachnids, and one characteristic of arachnids is that they all have eight legs. If you see a spider with fewer than eight legs, it means it lost them at some point. The number of eyes will vary depending on the type of spider. While most spiders have eight eyes, some have six or even fewer. 

How Many Venomous Spider Species Are There?

The reality is that all spiders are venomous and have fangs, which are used for defense and to subdue prey. However, there is a significant distinction between spiders that have venom and spiders that are venomous to people.

In North America, only two species are medically dangerous to people: the black widow and the brown recluse. Unfortunately, you can find both of these species in Indianapolis. But when it comes to the species living inside your home, you will likely be dealing with common house spiders in Indianapolis, which are not dangerous.

What Should I Look Out For To Spot Common Poisonous Spiders?

Because you can find black widows and brown recluse spiders in our area, you should know what to look for and how to identify them correctly.

Only female black widows are dangerous to people and are identifiable by their shiny black bodies and red or orange hourglass marking. Females are about one and a half to two inches long, and the males, which are a dull black color with reddish-pick spots, are about half the size of females.

Black widow spiders build their webs close to the ground in places that are not exposed. Their webs look disorganized and messy, unlike the wheel-shaped webs we think of spiders making.

Brown recluse spiders are a little more challenging to identify because they have similar features to other species.

Here is what you should know:

  • They are light brown with a darker brown violin pattern.
  • They will not be larger than 1/2 an inch.
  • They will have uniformly colored legs covered in hair, not spines.
  • They have six eyes, not eight.
  • They create messy webs in secluded places, so if the web is out in the open, it doesn't belong to a brown recluse.

Neither the black widow nor brown recluse are considered aggressive and usually only bite if they feel threatened. However, it can be easy to accidentally step too close or stick your hand too close to these pests, so it's best to take preventative measures by working with pest experts to keep spiders away from your Indianapolis home.

Professional Spider Control Treatments In Indianapolis

While spiders are beneficial because they help keep other pest populations under control, no one wants them in their home. You can work with our team of experts at Action Pest Control to prevent and control common spiders.

Not only do our residential Advanced Program and Complete Program protect against spiders, but we also offer targeted brown recluse management treatments. We recommend ongoing services to ensure your home remains a spider-free environment for your and your family. Contact us at Action Pest Control for help with spiders and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Indianapolis.