Poisonous Spiders in Virginia?

What spiders are venomous in Virginia?

A black widow. The only venomous spider native to Virginia. (Contrary to popular belief, brown recluse spiders are not only rare in these Blue Ridge foothills — they don’t like the climate — they aren’t indigenous to the state). Black widows, in fact, are plentiful in Virginia.

How many venomous spiders are in Virginia?

Luckily, there are ONLY four types of poisonous spiders in Virginia! And fortunately, they only bite when disturbed or provoked. It’s important to remember that spiders would rather run away from you than bite. If you come across one of the spiders listed below, please DO NOT DISTURB!

Do we have brown recluse in Virginia?

Found throughout Virginia, brown recluse spiders are rare outside their native range. In general, these spiders are widely over-reported and less common than perceived. Brown recluse spiders are venomous, but bites do not always result in large, necrotic lesions where surrounding tissue dies.

Are Virginia garden spiders poisonous?

They are harmless and act as a great natural bug control as they catch small flying and crawling insects that get stuck in their webs. The most common orb weavers in Virginia are Argiope spiders, spotted orb weavers or long-jawed orb weavers.

Spiders are arachnids with eight legs and are closely related to mites, ticks, and scorpions. Spiders are beneficial predators that feed on nuisance insects, but they can become a huge nuisance in yards and inside homes and outbuildings. In Virginia, four of the most common spiders are black widow spiders, American house spiders, brown recluse spiders, and wolf spiders.

Brown recluse spiders range in color from yellowish-gray to dark black, and gray hairs cover their abdomen. Their long legs are darker in color, and they have a distinctive violin-like pattern on their back.

Their color can vary greatly but typically are yellowish-brown with distinctive dark markings that meet at an angle and create a chevron-like pattern. Wolf spiders are dark brown in color with pale or yellowish markings. You should seek medical attention if bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spider.

They create webs in gardens, rock piles, shrubs or bushes, underneath debris, or outbuildings (garages, sheds, barns, etc.). Some species, such as the wolf spider, burrow in the ground instead of creating a web. Inside, spiders like to hide in dark, secluded areas.

Spiders are attracted to properties that offer food, water, and shelter. Things like clogged rain gutters, birdbaths, gardens, dense vegetation, and tall grasses can attract spiders (and various insects, which are spiders‘ main food sources). Controlling spiders can be difficult because they can gain access to homes in many different ways.

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According to Insect Identification, there are 3,400 species of spiders in North America, of which 13 species are found in Virginia. Two of these species are dangerous to humans: the brown recluse and the black widow spider. The other 11 are relatively harmless and perform useful functions such as keeping insect populations in check. Most spider species can be identified by characteristics such as color, markings and web shapes.

A telltale red, orange or white hourglass mark on the abdomen is the easiest way to identify them. Bites are painless, but muscle spasms, abdominal cramps and other symptoms develop within an hour.

American house spiders are small brown arachnids who catch prey in their webs. They climb aboard their mother’s back and remain with her through the summer, fall and following winter, leaving her the following spring to fend for themselves.

There are several species of dangerous spiders in Virginia that live near and can invade the inside of homes. It is important to be aware of these species so that you can protect yourself and your family from their venomous bites. Brown Recluse Spiders Brown recluse spiders have a round body and long legs. They grow to be to of an inch in length. They can be a light brown to dark brown color and have a unique violin-shaped pattern on the top of their body. They have three pairs of eyes that are arranged in a semi-circle. Black Widow Spiders Black widow spiders range in length from 1 – 1 3/8th of an inch. They have a round body shape. They are shiny black and have a distinctive red hourglass shape on their back.

Black widow and brown recluse spiders can often be found hiding in woodpiles, basements, attics, sheds, boxes, clothing, shoes, and underneath of furniture.

Black Widow Spiders

Black widow spiders have a unique orangish-red “hourglass” mark on the underside of their abdomen. They may also have light red or white markings on their abdomen and back. Their round body is shiny black. Adults grow to between 1 1/2 and 1 3/8 inches in length.

Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders range in color from yellowish-gray to dark black, and gray hairs cover their abdomen. Their long legs are darker in color, and they have a distinctive “violin-like” pattern on their back. They also have three pairs of eyes arranged in a semicircle.

Wolf Spiders

As their name suggests, wolf spiders do not catch prey with webs. They chase down their prey. Wolf spiders are dark brown in color with pale or yellowish markings. Their robust body and powerful legs are covered in hair.

Are spiders dangerous?

Spiders have the potential to be dangerous. However, most spiders are not dangerous. Wolf spiders and American house spiders are examples of nuisance spiders.Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are examples of dangerous spiders. Their venom is strong enough to trigger health problems in people. You should seek medical attention if bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spider.

Where do spiders nest?

Outdoors spiders nest in a variety of locations. They create webs in gardens, rock piles, shrubs or bushes, underneath debris, or outbuildings (garages, sheds, barns, etc.). Some species, such as the wolf spider, burrow in the ground instead of creating a web. Inside, spiders like to hide in dark, secluded areas.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are attracted to properties that offer food, water, and shelter. Things like clogged rain gutters, birdbaths, gardens, dense vegetation, and tall grasses can attract spiders (and various insects, which are spiders‘ main food sources).

How do I get rid of spiders?

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Harmless Spiders

Eleven of the 13 spider species found in Virginia are harmless. Although any of these spiders may be found indoors or outside, most prefer the outdoors. Harmless spider species in Virginia are the American house, arrow-shaped micrathena, barn, black and yellow garden, bowl and doily, crab, grass, harvestman, jumping, nursery web and wolf spiders.

Dangerous Spiders

Only two species of Virginia spiders pose a significant threat to human health: the brown recluse and the widow or black widow spider. The brown recluse spider is not native to Virginia and is rarely seen, but bites have been reported. Although the bite is painless, the tissue around the bite ulcerates and dies, leading to infections and complications. Black widow spiders are black with a bulbous abdomen. A telltale red, orange or white hourglass mark on the abdomen is the easiest way to identify them. Bites are painless, but muscle spasms, abdominal cramps and other symptoms develop within an hour. While fatalities are rare, you can die from either spider bite, so it’s important to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect a bite from either species.

Household Spiders

If you spot a spider inside your house in Virginia, it’s likely either an American house spider or jumping spider. American house spiders are small brown arachnids who catch prey in their webs. When disturbed, they prefer to hide in cracks near baseboards to escape. Jumping spiders are expert at stalking and pouncing on insect prey. Both spiders are harmless to humans.

Dangerous Spiders in Virginia

There are several species of dangerous spiders in Virginia that live near and can invade the inside of homes. It is important to be aware of these species so that you can protect yourself and your family from their venomous bites. Brown Recluse Spiders Brown recluse spiders have a round body and long legs. They grow to be ¼ to ½ of an inch in length. They can be a light brown to dark brown color and have a unique violin-shaped pattern on the top of their body. They have three pairs of eyes that are arranged in a semi-circle. Black Widow Spiders Black widow spiders range in length from 1 ½ – 1 3/8th of an inch. They have a round body shape. They are shiny black and have a distinctive red “hourglass” shape on their back.