More About Spiders

Few things upset more people than Spider sightings. A-Abel understands, after a thorough inspection, we will tailor a treatment plan to provide peace of mind from the danger and nuisance spiders present.

If possible, save a good sample specimen of the spiders you see – this will help us target the places that the particular species usually calls home. To capture a specimen, find a large-mouthed glass jar and a piece of poster board large enough to cover the jar mouth. Place the jar over the spider, slide the paperboard under the mouth of the jar. When the spider is in the jar, hold the paper over the lid and invert the jar. The spider will not be strong enough to lift the paperboard, and will be contained until we arrive.

Common Spider Species in the Miami Valley:

Yellow Sac Spider
Yellow Sac SpiderThey are usually found in foliage, but some species are found inside houses and around other human developments. These spiders are relatively small & are yellowish in color. Yellow sac spiders are among the least known clinically significant spiders, but they are indeed capable of causing a painful bite.

Brown Recluse Spider
Brown Recluse SpiderIn the mature brown recluse spider as well as some other species of recluse spiders, the dark violin marking is well defined, with the neck of the violin pointing toward the bulbous abdomen.

Cellar Spider
Cellar SpiderCellar spiders are frequently found in dark, damp places such as cellars, basements, crawl spaces, and outbuildings. They typically construct a loose, irregular-shaped web in a dark corner. Cellar spiders continually add to their web, which can result in extensive webbing.

Wolf Spider
Cellar SpiderThese hunting spiders are fast runners that will chase their prey. Wolf spiders are hairy and often large, up to 1-3/8 inches long, sometimes confused with tarantulas. Their legs are long and spiny. Many are dark brown.

Granddaddy Long Legs
Granddaddy Long LegsDaddy-long-legs, also known as harvestmen, are very commonly confused with spiders due to their general appearance & eight legs, are neither spiders nor insects. They do not bite humans, & they are not poisonous (they lack venom glands). They do not construct webs.

Funnel Spider
Funnel SpiderFunnel web spiders construct large, flat, horizontal webs of nonstick silk. The web contains a funnel at one end that serves as the spider’s retreat. The funnel is open at both ends so the spider can readily escape.

Jumping Spider
Jumping SpiderJumping spiders are very common around the home & can be easily identified by the 2 large (front central, like 2 headlights) eyes. They catch flying prey by attaching silk to a substrate and leap into the air. Should they miss a landing site, they simply haul themselves back up the launch site & reuse the bungee.

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