Tennessee’s Two Most Common Poisonous Spiders

No matter what, the idea of a poisonous spider is a little creepy to just about everyone. Most kids are told to watch out for spiders, because if you run into the wrong one it could turn out very badly. There are over 3,000 species of poisonous spiders in the United States, and more than 40,000 worldwide. For some of us, our fear of (or obsession with) spiders has led us to research which of these could actually be found in Tennessee. For others, the thought may have never even occurred. There are actually only two species of poisonous spiders that live in Tennessee. Not too bad! Here’s what they are, and how to identify them.


The Black Widow

The black widow is a small black spider that usually lives near to or on the ground, and usually keeps to itself. The defining feature of a black widow is the bright red hourglass shape on the bottom of its abdomen. Female black widows are the ones you should be wary of; they can grow up to 1 inch long and are capable of a nasty bite. The males are usually smaller and aren’t poisonous.


The Brown Recluse

The brown recluse is a shy spider, that won’t bite a human unless it is provoked or injured. In fact, if a brown recluse lives near you, there’s actually a very high chance you won’t ever even see it (hence the name, “recluse”). The brown recluse ranges from a light sand colored brown to chocolate brown, and typically grows to the size of a quarter or half-dollar. However, if provoked and frightened, they can land a pretty painful and harmful bite that will require medical attention.


If you are dealing with a spider infestation right now, give us a call today and one of our technicians will be out to help. If you simply want to make sure that neither of these spiders and their families live in your house, be proactive instead of reactive when a bite occurs. Let us help! Give us a call or visit our website to schedule and appointment today!

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