There are over 35,000 species of spiders worldwide including 3,000 in North America. Spiders have 2 body parts. The Daddy Long Leg is an Arachnid related to spiders, but not a spider at all due to their single body part. They are called Harvestmen. Daddy Long Legs have the ability to breakaway a portion of their leg to escape a predator. Once detached the leg remains moving acting as a decoy. Spider control consists of eliminating webs inside and out, cutting branches and bushes 2-3 ft away from a structure, storing items away from the wall and off the ground, and reducing clutter.

Color: Hairy Dark Brown with Blended Stripes
Length: Females grow from 3/8" up to 1". Males are smaller than females with adult sizes averaging 1/4" to 3/4".
Habitat: Mostly found under rocks, in ground, under leaf litter, and under decks.
Reproduction: Female will carry eggs in the silken globe attached to her spinnerets. Upon hatching spiderlings stay on their motherís abdomen for 1 or 2 weeks.
Misc: The wolf spider has a distinctive eye pattern consisting of 2 medium eyes on top row, 2 large eyes in the middle, and 4 small eyes on the bottom. They are nocturnal and mostly hunt at night. They hunt and chase their prey instead of ensnaring. When provoked the wolf spider will bite and inject venom causing mild pain itching and irritation. They are virtually harmless to humans.

2. Brown Recluse
Color: Dark brown with a dark fiddle shape on cephalothorax
Length: 1/2"
Habitat: Mostly found under rocks, utility boxes, cedar shake shingles, old tires, and dark undisturbed places. Can be found inside homes in places such as attics, basements, and storage areas.
Reproduction: Spins an irregular web. Produces about 5 egg sacs with each egg sac containing up to 300 eggs.
Misc: There are 11 species of brown recluse but only 7 are recognized as a public health importance. Their eye pattern consists of 3 sets of 2 eyes in a u shape. Removing bed skirts is recommended as most bites occur when sleeping. Venom produces dead tissue creating an ulcerating sore.

  3. Black Widow
Color: Black body with red hour glass shape on abdomen.
Length: 1/2"
Habitat: Found mostly around wood piles, outhouses, garages, sheds, and attics.
Reproduction: Produces over 20 egg sacs containing 1-500 eggs per sac.
Misc: Travel through a process called ballooning (spiderlings shoot a string of web and travel with the wind current). Females produce a venomous bite to humans especially when provoked and while protecting egg sac. Males produce a non venomous bite.

  4. House
Color: Yellowish, Gray, Brown
Length: 3/16"
Habitat: Mostly found on the corners of ceilings, in garages, attics, and sheds
Reproduction: Produces over 3000 eggs per lifetime and around 200 eggs per sac.
Misc: Adults live up a year