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Are there Dangerous Spiders in Fairfax, VA? Black Widows, Brown Recluse & More

Most are very rare or spend most of their life in hiding while there are hundreds of different spider species native to Virginia.  Today, we at CSI Home & Commercial Services would like to address the common spiders while focusing on the spiders that can cause a threat.  You might be worried if it can harm you if you are trying to identify a spider you found.  Only a few are actually of medical importance for humans though all spider species are venomous to some degree.   The black widow is the most common venomous spider found here.

Are Black Widows Spiders Dangerous?

The southern black widow and the northern black widow spider can be found in Virginia.  The more common species is the southern black widow.   The red hourglass-shape on the bottom of the northern black widow’s abdomen is broken into two parts while the southern black widow has a connected red hourglass. This is the only visual difference between the two.  If you suspect you have been bitten by a black widow spider, you will want to seek medical attention to help manage the symptoms. The similar looking and related false widow can also deliver a painful bite while the black widow is the most venomous spider in Virginia.         

Brown Recluses are Not Native to Virginia

The brown recluse spider is not native here and has not established a population, though there are occasional reports of brown recluse sightings in Virginia.  It is important to know that these sightings are nothing more than isolated cases where a venomous brown recluse spider has hitchhiked to Virginia in cars or cargo goods.  Brown recluse spiders naturally range further down south.  A brown recluse bite might lead to severe skin damage, while usually not life-threatening.    

Other Common Spiders Found in Virginia

The yellow sac spider is another spider that bites in Virginia. It can cause some uncomfortable pain and even nausea while not considered medically significant. Jumping spiders, cobweb spiders, wolf spiders, orb weaver spiders, funnel-web spiders and grass spiders are the largest spider families found here. The Carolina wolf spider is the largest spider found in Virginia.  It can reach a leg span of over 4 inch and this spider is brown.  Fishing spiders and nursery web spiders are other large spiders that are similar-looking to grass spiders.

Spider Control

Spiders are typically unwanted guests in your Virginia home.  Whether they are inside, or living close by, you want to ensure they are controlled.   CSI Home & Commercial Services provides effective spider control services in Virginia.   Call us today to schedule your services!