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No one loves coming home after a long day of work, only to find a spider in their kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom. It can seem like Utah has an abundance of spiders that seem like they are always ready to attack. However, it is important to learn how harmful each of these spiders are and what you can do to protect your home and family.

1-Jumping spider

The Utah jumping spider is a little fellow and if you look closely at him, his gigantic eyes might seem a little endearing. As its name suggest, the most disturbing thing about this spider is its jumping skills. Everyone imagines spiders creepily scurrying along but it just ups that ick factor another level when they can spring towards you. You’re probably wondering whether jumping spiders are poisonous. Technically, yes. Jumping spiders are venomous spiders. They use their venom to paralyze their prey. However, you don’t worry about being bitten by one. Jumping spiders are pretty shy and will usually run — or jump — away when humans approach. Additionally, their venom is not dangerous to people because they can’t deliver a large enough dose of it to be harmful. These little guys can be found throughout Utah including in Salt Lake City, St. George, Hurricane, and Parowan.

2-Woodlouse spider

This red spider in Utah is hard to miss with its brightly colored body. The sight of it is quite unnerving because it is such a vibrant red. This spider is known for its sharp fangs that pierce its prey to devour the insides. They usually live under rocks, in the bark of trees, trash cans, mulch, plants, or wood piles; however, during the colder months they may venture into your home. They love moist areas with a lot of insects. The entree of choice for the woodlouse spider is usually a “potato bug,” “rolly polly,” or whatever you like to call them. While humans are not typically on their menu, they can bite and because of their massive fangs, their bite is painful. But, their bites are not dangerous.

3-Hobo spider

This common Utah spider builds funnel-shaped webs in holes and crevices near the ground. They are not good climbers, but they are fast runners and is recognized by its light brown body and gigantic pedipalps. These spiders can and do bite humans but are not as dangerous as once suspected. Now that you know it’s not deadly, that doesn’t mean you will set aside a bed for it. The bite of the hobo spider is often confused to the brown recluse, which does not live in Utah. Both spiders can cause the flesh around the area of the bite. General information about hobo spider bite symptoms indicates you may not even know you have been bitten initially. Within a day or so, blisters may develop at the site of the bite and eventually rupture. Dead tissue from the area can slough off for as long as 45 days followed by healing and scaring. These spiders can be found throughout Utah, including Bountiful, Salt Lake, St. George, and Cedar City.

4-Black widow spider

Straight out of haunted tales and Halloween décor, the Black Widow spider is worthy of its infamous reputation. Not only are they considered to be the most venomous spiders in North America, but they can also be violent when in fear of attack and are always guarding their webs. When the Black Widow sees something coming into contact with its web, they will come out of their hiding spot, usually cool, moist, and dark areas, and bite. Experts recommend looking into any areas like this before retrieving anything with your hands. Not only does its bite cause a disturbing amount of pain, it can be deadly. The physical symptoms of a black widow spider bite include fever, muscle pain, headache, high blood pressure, dizziness, vomiting and the list goes on. They are commonly found outside but they are known to come inside out of the freezing cold. You do not want to take chances with this spider around your family.

5-Wolf spider

The wolf spider looks like a mini tarantula but it is rather quick. It runs very fast and they are known to bite humans if you come too close. While their bite is not poisonous, it can be painful and take a long time to heal, for that reason it is important to seek medical attention. Their fangs are rather large so when bitten, their fang marks are present on the skin. If you see a wolf spider, if you chose to stomp on it, be careful. Sometimes wolf spiders will have hundreds of babies on their backs. When attacked, the hundreds of babies will scatter. If you are having issues with wolf spiders, Bybee Pest control is happy to help! We travel throughout Southern Utah and Northern Utah, including Salt Lake City, Cedar City, and St. George.

If you are noticing an abundance of spiders in your home this winter, let us help you protect your family. If you are experiencing issues, need help controlling, or just need advice, give us a call. We serve families and business around Utah, including Salt Lake City, Murray, Bountiful, Saint George, Cedar City, Washington, Dammeron Valley, Diamond Valley, Parowan, Hurricane, La Verkin, Toquerville, Enoch, Santa Clara, Ivins, and Salt Lake City. Give us a call for a quote today!

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