Request a Quote

Ask Gregory

Spiders, Anyone?

According to the Entomology Department of Clemson University, there are really only two main spiders you should be wary of in South Carolina. First, there is the Southern Black Widow, and secondly, the Brown Recluse.

Black widows are easily identifiable by their black, glossy bodies and red hourglass markings on their abdomens. They can grow to be 1½” – 1⅜” long and are found throughout the US. When outside, these spiders like to stay hidden under rock or wood piles. Inside, they can be found in cluttered, undisturbed spaces such as a garage or basement. A bite from one of these arachnids can cause severe pain that can persist for hours. Muscle cramps could also be a side effect as well as spasmodic breathing, weak pulse, clammy skin and delirium. Should you be bitten by a black widow, there is an antiserum that has proven effective in treatment.

Brown recluse spiders are not as easily identified compared to the black widow. They are light brown to yellow with slim bodies ¼” to ½” long and have violin shaped markings on their heads…but so do a lot of other harmless spiders. A telltale sign of a brown recluse is its six eyes, most spiders have eight! When outside, these spiders can be found around rocks, boxes, and woodpiles. When inside, these critters like to hide in shoes, clothes, bedding, and really any undisturbed areas. The most common spots to find these spiders are in crawl spaces, attics, and closets. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a bite will usually result in a stinging sensation followed by intense pain. A small blister normally develops at the location of the bite and can turn into an open ulcer. 

Both the brown recluse and the black widow are shy spiders and should only bite when they feel threatened. Different people will have different reactions to the bites of these spiders ranging from just a little red mark to more severe reactions discussed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Both males and females of these species can bite and inject venom. To avoid getting bitten by these spiders, keep stored clothing sealed in plastic containers, shake out any clothes that have been on the floor or in the hamper before putting them on, and check your shoes before putting your feet inside. You should also remove and garbage piles you may keep stored in your home as that will help keep away spiders, as well as a host of other pests.

If you believe either of these spiders are inhabiting your home, call us or visit today. We will formulate a plan that is best for your family to get rid of these pests.