Common Species of Spiders

1.) American or Common House Spiders
• 3/16" to 5/16" in length
• Brown to light tan in color
• Shiny skin
• noticeable dark brown stripes on their legs
• abdomen twice the size of its carapace (back)

2.) Wolf Spiders
• 5/8" to 1" in length
• Dark brown with black hairs
• Venomous bite can be painful and cause swelling
• Allergic reactions are possible
• Track and attack prey rather than wait for them to become entangle in web

3.) Black Widow Spiders
• Can be native to PA, though fairly rare
• Males rarely bite
• Females more likely to be aggressive and can bite in defensive situations, especially after laying or guarding eggs
• Bites are rarely fatal as long as proper medical attention is sought quickly
• Black Widows are poisonous if ingested during the first 17 days of their lives

4.) Brown Recluse Spiders
• Not native to PA
• Not typically able to live in our climate
• Most likely to be found here as a result of being shipped in with boxes, stored items, or construction materials
• Both males and females can bite, though mostly in defense
• The bite is usually not felt, but results in a stinging sensation and intense pain up to 6 or 8 hours later
• A small blister usually develops at the site of the bite
• This blister may turn into an open ulcer
• Common symptoms of a Brown Recluse bite include restlessness, fever, and difficulty sleeping

How do I get rid of Spiders?
• If you suspect an infestation, it is recommended that you contact a licensed pest control specialist. Please call DKS Pest Control at (724) 478-5344.

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