A majority of the spiders in Las Vegas which humans come into contact with wont have powerful venom, but here is your spider guide just to be safe.
Most times, spiders are beneficial. They eat household pests such as cockroaches, flies and moths and are good at getting rid of pests in the garden such as hungry caterpillars. While beneficial in outside environments, it can still be disconcerting to have them in our homes. If you live in Nevada, you are certainly aware of the prevalence of spiders inside your home and may have even sought the services of a pest control company like ours. With this in mind, let’s talk about some of the spiders common to the Las Vegas area.
Dangerous Spiders Common to the Las Vegas Area
While there aren’t that many dangerous spiders in Las Vegas, there is one in particular that a person should be wary of. This is the black widow spider. These spiders are a shiny black color, with a rounded abdomen that contains a red hourglass shape in the center. A related widow, the Malmignatte, has red blotches on her abdomen. Female black widow spiders are about half an inch long while the males are much smaller. Only the females bite. Fortunately, they are docile, but they will bite if/when threatened. It’s best to leave them alone and let pest control professionals in Las Vegas rid your home of black widows.
These spiders are hunters, and sometimes they enter the home in search of prey. There are thousands of species of wolf spider, and hundreds of those are found north of Mexico. They range from 0.6 to 1.5 inches long and have good vision and a well-developed sense of touch. They range from gray to brown, with stripes or mottling over their body and legs. Females carry their egg sac with their hind legs, and when the young hatch, they ride on her back.
These spiders are only found in Mexico and parts of the southwest. They are brown and a bit smaller than wolf spiders. Their legs have two claws as opposed to the wolf spider’s three, and when they are at rest they hold their legs straight out.
These somewhat large spiders hold their legs similar to a crab. They hunt cockroaches at night and during the day hide in cracks and crevices in the home. Unlike the female wolf spider, the female huntsman carries her egg sac in her jaws.
One of the more common spiders to Nevada, there are over 2800 species of jumping spider, 300 of which are found north of Mexico. These spiders tend to be small, compact and active during the day. They move with a jerky gait and leap upon their prey. Some jumping spiders can leap many times their own length. They are known for the pair of huge, front-facing eyes that can change color in some species.
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