Do you ever worry what kind of spiders might be around your home? Here in Kansas we have a few common ones:
The Hobo, “Funnel-web Spider” (Tegenaria Agrestis)
The Hobo is an indigenous spider of Western Europe but was introduced to the Pacific Northwest. Hobo spiders do not have colored bands on
their leg joints. On its abdomen down the middle there are chevron patterns pointing towards its head.
Jumping Spider (Phidippus Audax)
There are over 300 species of the Jumping Spider that exist within North America. These spiders typically have a dull coloration. However the males of these species may glisten. These spiders have great eye sight. They also have the ability to jump 25 times their own size making them capable predators. Jumping spiders tend to dwell in grassland areas such as yards or surrounding areas. These spiders only manage to get inside on accident. They can be carried in on plats or a person. Because of this it is unlikely that there would be an infestation of Jumping spiders.
Crab Spider (Ozyptila Praticola)
These spiders thrive off of their inherit ability to use camouflage to trap their prey. They can resemble bird droppings, fruits, leaves, grass or flowers. Some of these spiders are capable of changing colors entirely. These spiders prefer to be outside and it is not likely that they would infest indoors.
Wolf Spider (Hogna Lenta)
These hairy arachnids can grow up to 35 mm in body length. They are typically patterned in black, gray and brown hues. They are fast and relatively large. People tend to mistake other spiders as a wolf spider. However wolf spiders have shorter legs than web-building spiders. Wolf spiders do not spin webs they reside in burrows. They also appear more robust. Although wolf spiders can live in a variety of places some prefer to dwell in suburban gardens. In colder climate, however they do migrate to warmer areas.
When a wolf spider is spotted within the home it is best to call a local pest management agency.
If you spot any of these spiders outside of your home contact us.