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If you have lived in Kansas City for a while, you’ll know that there are a lot of steakhouses, Royals fans, and spiders here.
While some are just a nuisance to have around, there are others like the Brown Recluse and Black Widow that can be a serious health risk for you and your family.
The spiders found in the Kansas City area range in size from an inch to several inches in diameter.
Brown Recluse Spider
Description: The Brown Recluse Spider is brown with a dark violin shape on its abdomen. This is the reason many locals call them “fiddleback” spiders. Instead of sitting in a web, the Brown Recluse actively hunt for their prey, which are other spiders, ants, flies, and the like.
The normally get to about the size of a quarter in diameter and sport a venom unlike any other spider around. Its bite causes necrosis, or the eating away of the tissue that gets in contact with the bite area. There are horrific pictures of bite victims, though have this type of reaction is fairly rare. In Kansas City however, most everyone knows someone who has been bitten. The most common reason people are bitten is when they leave an article of clothing on the floor, the spider takes shelter inside, and when they pick it up and put it on the spider bites them due to the jostling.
Description: The Wolf Spider is an interesting species. Though fierce looking and perhaps even large in size, the wolf spider’s bite does little to humans. There are occasions when it causes some pain and swelling, though usually nothing to worry about.
The wolf spider has incredible range, as it can be found throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It truly is an adaptable creature. The Wolf Spider actively hunts its prey and is commonly seen out in the open, unlike many shy species who hide in the shadows and avoid being seen.
In the United States of America, not to mention Kansas City, there is probably no other spider that is more infamous than the Black Widow Spider. Its markings make it instantly recognizable and has a bite that causes some pretty undesirable symptoms like nausea, vomiting, severe headaches, excruciating pain. Death is rare from any spider bite, but if you or a loved one have been bitten by a Black Widow, contact a medical professional as soon as possible.
There are a few different types of Orb Spiders in Kansas City, but all have a few similar characteristics, like elongated thoraxes and light brown bodies with dark, vertical lines on them. They are voracious web builders, which is where they’re most often seen. Because they need flying insects nearby, they prefer to build their nests on houses, outbuildings, plants and trees, and equipment.
As their name implies, these spiders can jump considerable distances to escape predators and while hunting. They are a common site to homeowners in Kansas City and have been known to appear in basements and attics especially.
Advanced Spider Control in Kansas City
If you notice these types of spiders around, please professional pest control in Kansas City a call to take care of them. Six Brothers Pest Control is a licensed and professional way to make sure your home is spider-free during all seasons of the year.