Identify Common Spider Species
Spiders often appear in horror movies, haunted houses and,
worst of all, inside our homes where they are usually met with shrieking and
the bottom of a shoe. It's easy to understand why people cringe at the sight of
a spider on the wall. The way they move is startling and unpredictable, their
webs are sticky and their hunting methods can be rather gruesome. There are
also many myths floating around about spiders (no, people don't regularly
swallow spiders in their sleep!) that make this pest seem much scarier than it
actually is. In reality, almost all types of spiders found in the United States
pose no threats to people.
Despite the benevolent nature of most spiders, there are two
species in the southern and western United States that can cause serious harm
when accidentally disturbed - the black widow and brown recluse. Below is a
guide to help you identify some of the most common types of spiders and the
potential threat they can pose to your health.