Of all pests, the spider is probably the one that causes the most fear and anxiety in people.
Spiders are extremely important to a balanced Eco System, they help control mosquitoes, flies as well as many other insects. They just don’t belong in your home.
All spiders have venom, used to immobilize their prey. Most have NO adverse affect on human flesh. There are six spiders indigenous to the United States that do; two in Kansas, the Brown Recluse (also known as the violin spider or fiddle back spider), and the Black Widow.
Black widow spiders have always been found in Kansas, but have become more prevalent in the last 4-5 yrs. They are generally found outdoors, in garages, tool sheds, etc. The Black Widow's venom, a nerve toxin, makes their bite immediately and extremely painful.
The Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse is undoubtedly the most misunderstood spider and the most overly exaggerated. The bite from a recluse rarely if ever causes death and is many times blamed for other skin problems. (ref: Rick Vetter, USC, Berkley)
The Brown Recluse Spider can be identified by the fiddle on its back as shown above, it also has many different colors because it takes on the coloring of its food source.
To clarify most of the misinformation that has been passed around, puffed up, and expanded upon over the years, we have put together this list of frequently asked questions.
If the answers to the questions you have are not found here please give us a call, our warm and friendly staff will gladly assist you.