Spiders are one of the most feared creatures of all time. These insects have quite a reputation for being frightening and dangerous, but the fact is that most spiders are completely harmless. As scary as they may look, spiders are actually beneficial to our environment and help keep insect populations down.
Still, there are a few spiders in Louisiana to be wary of: the brown recluse, black widow, and brown widow spiders. A bite from any of these can lead to serious symptoms that should be addressed by a medical professional.
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Poisonous spiders in Louisiana
All types of spiders are venomous in the sense that they possess venom, which is used to paralyze and kill their prey. Bites from your typical house spider won’t cause serious symptoms. However, a bite from one of the below spiders can be much more dangerous. For that reason, it’s crucial to know how to identify these spiders:
- Black widow: Females have a characteristic red hourglass mark on the abdomen of their black, shiny bodies.
- Brown recluse: Light brown spiders with a dark brown, violin-shaped spot on the dorsum.
- Brown widow: Slightly bigger than black widows and possess a bright orange hourglass shape on its belly.
How spiders get inside
Seeing spiders is a normal occurrence, but are they all meant to live outdoors? The truth is that there are both indoor and outdoor spiders! House spiders prefer to live exclusively indoors and are typically completely harmless. In fact, indoor spiders will help keep the insect population inside your home under control and will avoid contact with you. Spiders make their way indoors like any other pest—in search of food and shelter. They are typically harmless until a more dangerous type gets indoors.
Professional spider extermination
If you think you’ve spotted a black widow, brown recluse, or brown widow near or in your property, it’s time to call a spider exterminator. While spider bites are rare, it’s best to stay away from spiders that could be poisonous and dangerous for your family. Dugas Pest Control has been providing reliable spider extermination since 1957.
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