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Cold Weather Spiders in Maryland

Posted on: December 28, 2017

 

Every year in the winter months, spiders make their way indoors. Two of the most common types of spiders in Maryland are wolf spiders and yellow sac spiders.

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders are large, hairy, and fast! They often live in the lower parts of homes and feed on tiny insects. Wolf spiders are hunting spiders and won’t make any cobwebs in your home. These spiders are identifiable by their bodies (1/4 inch to 1 ½ inches in length), which are black with white or earth-toned markings.

Yellow Sac Spiders

Yellow sac spiders are also hunting spiders, and their bites are often mistaken for brown recluse spider bites. These spiders are fairly small and hard to spot thanks to their pale color. While sac spiders prefer living outside, they can invade homes when their food supplies dwindle.

Winter Spiders Are an International Problem

While Maryland’s most common eight-legged house guests are wolf spiders and yellow sac spiders, homeowners throughout the world deal with unique invaders. Washington state has hobo spiders that can congregate in large numbers in the fall. They were imported from Europe in the 1930s and can leave homeowners with a spider bite. While their poison won’t cause any life-threatening issues, it can cause severe symptoms like headaches, nausea, fatigue, memory loss, and vision problems.

In the UK, homeowners battle giant house spiders (which are just as big as the name implies). They are a dark brown-orange color and head indoors to mate when the seasons begin to change. Any homes with plants right outside of the doors or windows are common targets thanks to flies and other bugs near the entrance.

Schedule Spider Removal with Brody Brothers

If you’ve noticed either one of these spiders in your home, give Brody Brothers a call. Our trained professionals are ready to take on any spider problem you’re faced with.

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