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From itsy bitsies to creepy crawlies, spiders come in all shapes and sizes. Some strike fear in the hearts of people and comfort to others who keep them as pets. In North America alone, there are possibly 4,000 spider species and a staggering 43,000 known worldwide. While these numbers certainly amp up the fear factor, we’ve pared them down in this infographic featuring common house spiders in the United States.
Start by locating where you live on the infographic’s regional map to see the spiders’ common to your area.
For instance, female black widows are identified by the red hourglass shape on their abdomen. These spiders can be found across the United States, and southern states have the highest population. Brown recluses have little leg hair and no markings on their abdomen. If you live in the Midwest and Gulf regions you’ll likely see them there.
Squeamish or Scared?
Perhaps there is no reason to be. Follow the markers on the infographic to know which spiders are harmless, venomous, and potentially lethal. You may be surprised to learn that some spiders look similar to poisonous species but pose no harm.
Do you know the difference between a brown recluse and a hobo spider? How about a daddy long legs and a domestic house spider? While some spider bites are life-threatening to humans, turns out, most bites are simply a minor annoyance.
To Spot a Spider
The infographic shows you how. See common hideout spots for these evasive little creatures. No one really wants to share a home with spiders. So making your home less comfortable for them is one way to keep them out. Spiders prefer to live where they have hiding places to stay safe. Organize your home to avoid letting clutter build in to the perfect hiding place. Keep outdoor areas as neat as possible, and fill in any holes that lead to the indoors. Get rid of webs near the home and indoors on a regular basis.
And if the Spider Bites?
We hope this never happens but if it does, you’ll need to know how to treat the bite. A spider bite may appear swollen and red. Some wounds from spiders can become filled with fluid. If you experience flu-like symptoms, severe pain at the site of the bite or fever, the bite was likely from a black widow or a brown recluse.
Clean the wound thoroughly and keep the affected area elevated. Pain relievers may be used to reduce fever and ease pain. If the bite is from a dangerous species, slow the spread of the venom by tying a bandage above the wound. While this bandage should be snug, do not cut off circulation. Apply a cold, damp compress to the bite. See your doctor to make sure all is well.
Now Test your Knowledge
Can you identify the black widow and daddy long legs by just looking at the pictures? We know it’s impossible to classify all of the thousands of spider species, but pinpointing the dangerous ones in where you live can help keep you safe.