VA is home to a variety of spiders. Most of our native spiders are harmless and pose no threat to humans or pets; however, there are a couple of species of spiders that are venomous but generally not life threatening. Spiders native to VA include:
VA is home to 2 venomous spiders - the brown recluse and black widow. Brown recluse spiders are rarely seen but when bitten the bite is painless. However the tissue around the bite dies which can cause infections and other complications. The black widow spider, like the brown recluse, has a painless bite; however muscle spasms, abdominal cramps and other symptoms occur fairly quickly. It's important to seek medical attention when bitten by one of these spiders. Fatalities are rare but that doesn't mean these bites should be taken lightly.
House spiders are predators by nature and will inhabit your home for 2 reasons - food and warmth. When they invade they're fairly easy to find because they build webs. They prefer to live in protected areas outside around windows and doors and in places like barns, garages, sheds, warehouses. Under furniture and by corners and closets are other areas where they can be seen.
If you have a spider problem this is not a problem that should be tackled on your own. Spiders are opportunistic and will enter your home consistently if there is an easy means of doing it. And the only way to get rid of them is with consistent treatment. The good news is most spiders pose little harm other than the occasional scream when one is spotted.
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