Venomous Spiders in Kentucky
Most of us don’t like to see spiders. They’re creepy and crawly and often surprise us in our homes. And, as the weather gets cooler, we tend to see more seeking shelter indoors than ever.
Kentucky is home to hundreds of species of spiders. Lucky for us, only two species are typically a real threat to your safety and health: The Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. The bites of these spiders can cause serious medical concerns if not treated promptly.
While the chance of coming into contact with a Black Widow is scarce, Brown Recluse activity has increased dramatically over the past three years; however, they’re each easily identifiable. The Black Widow can be recognized for their shiny black color and the red hourglass marking on their back, and the Brown Recluse is a large brown or orange spider with a “violin” shaped marking on its back (which is why a popular local term for this species is ‘Fiddler’ spider.)
The best way to avoid contact with spiders is to be aware of their shared hiding spots and practice preventative measures. Keep reading to learn more about spider identification and prevention for spiders commonly found in Kentucky.
Spiders vary in turn up, but follow some basic anatomical characteristics: they have eight jointed legs, two stigmata (body sections), have no wings, have an exoskeleton, they build webs, and they usually have eight eyes. Their rare traits allow them to be easily identifiable, most of the time.
Indeed, what spiders really have on their side is the component of surprise. They can seem to pop up anywhere in your home – on the kitchen counter, on your pillow, in a shower. While they may seem to be indiscriminate in their stealthy approach, they truly prefer certain conditions: warm, dark, undisturbed spaces. This includes attics, closets, garages, storage sheds, window sills, underneath furniture and other less-used spaces. Outside, you may find them in piles of brush and wood, in your garden, and in thick vegetation.
The best way to reduce the chance of coming in contact with any kind of spider is by practicing preventive measures. These include:
– Sealing points of entry. Patch up fractures, gaps, and spaces between doors, windows, and other points of entry in your home. Cover windows with screens and make sure your vents are properly enclosed. Spiders are good at finding already the most subtle of entry points.
– Cleaning spider-inclined areas. Few of us take the time to clean rarely-used spaces like attics and closets. However, the dirtier and dustier they get, the more likely they are to gather some unwelcome guests. Make sure to mop, sweep, or vacuum these areas sometimes.
– Getting rid of clutter. Unused storage spaces like attics and garages tend to gather our junk: old papers and records, old toys, winter clothes, unused furniture, etc. Spiders can find plenty of nooks and crannies to hide in unneeded clutter. And this goes for your backyard too – mowing and trimming bushes can help reduce spider habitats in addition.
Eliminating Spiders for Good
Many shared spiders can lay dozens of eggs at a time, resulting in hundreds to thousands of babies. That method that the presence of a single spider in your home can consequence in a complete-blown infestation. If you start to notice lots of spiders in your home, don’t hesitate to seek help. Call a licensed pest control specialized, like the pros at Black Diamond, to help you safely and effectively eliminate spiders for good. Just dial 877-DEAD-BUG anytime!