Assessing House Spider Infestations In Chicago Homes

Jumping Spider on the tip of someone's finger.
If you see a bunch of cobwebs in your home or see a spider or two running around, you're likely worried you have an infestation. Most people hate spiders, and they have a fearsome reputation. But, the truth is that most spiders in Chicago aren't as dangerous as people think. Most spiders that invade are house spiders that don't pose health risks to humans. While they have fangs and can inject venom, their venom isn't potent enough to hurt your or your pets.

Learn more about nuisance spiders in the area and how to remove them with effective spider control.

The Ten Most Common House Spiders 

While the house spider sometimes refers to one specific species, it's also applied to harmless spiders that often get into homes. Here are the ten most common house spiders in the area:

  1. Wolf Spiders: This species is dark brown, gray, and black and has strong, hairy legs.
  2. Cellar Spiders: These spiders have long, spindly legs and are a yellow color.
  3. Black And Yellow Garden Spider: They have black and yellow coloration and zigzag markings.
  4. Common House Spider: This frequent invader is light brown with darker colored markings.
  5. Funnel-Web Spider: While these spiders were once considered dangerous, they are no longer a risk. They're brown with darker markings on their backs.
  6. Goldenrod Crab Spider: This species is white or yellow and often eats bees.
  7. Orb-weaver spiders: There are various orb weavers, but they all have bulbous bodies.
  8. Jumping Spiders: This species can jump to catch its prey, and they have noticeable large eyes arranged in two rows.
  9. Yellow Sac Spiders: Usually found on plants, these spiders are a light yellow color.
  10. Ground Spiders: These spiders have reddish bodies and black and white patterns.

If you have a spider infestation, the Chicago pest control experts can remove it quickly.

Spider 101: Identifying What Spider Is In Your House

While the above list went into how some spiders in the area look, the best way to know what kind of spider you have is to contact a prevention and control expert. All spiders have eight legs, but they vary widely in their markings and body shape.

The only spiders to know about are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. These two species are rare but are dangerous to humans. The black widow is dark black with a red hourglass marking, while the brown recluse is tan with no markings on its legs.

Do All Spiders Bite Humans?

All spiders have fangs, and even if they have small mouths, they can technically bite. However, spiders usually aren't aggressive. They are somewhat secretive and are more likely to try to avoid you. But, if they feel threatened or cornered, they may bite. You're most likely to be bitten if you come across their hiding spots, so be careful to look before putting your hand in dark, cluttered areas. And, remember that most bites don't pose health risks. 

The Key To Keeping Spiders Out Of Your Home

No one wants to have spiders in their Chicago home, so Affinity Pest Control is here for you if you are tired of them. We also offer ongoing home pest control plans that prevent spiders and their pest prey. It's generally much easier and faster to get help from a pest professional than to try to address padres on your own. Call us today instead to request a quote or learn more about our spider control services.

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