The Black Widow spider measures in around 1/2 inch long in size. You can easily spot this spider with it’s shiny black body and red hourglass shape on its underside. They are venomous, however they are not aggressive, and will only bite when provoked.
A bite from a black widow can be distinguished from other insect bites by the two puncture marks it makes in the skin. Death has been attributed to the bite of black widow spiders as a result of anaphylactic reactions; however, in most cases, the bite is not fatal.
Black Widows will build their webs in dry, protected locations where their prey is likely to travel. They can be found in wood piles, under decks, beneath picnic tables, crawl spaces and garages.
Aggressive House spiders, also known as “Hobo spiders” are commonly found in the Pacific Northwestern United States. Aggressive House spiders do have venom, however the CDC does not consider this spider species to be toxic to humans. These spiders are also not aggressive by nature, despite their name. They will only bite when provoked.
The female aggressive house spider is about 3/16 to 5/16 of an inch long. The male counterpart measures in quite smaller at 1/8 to 3/16 inch long and has a narrower abdomen. You’ll find these spiders to have a yellowish-brown color with stripes on their back. They prefer humidity and live in areas such as garages and sheds.
Many people suffer from arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders. This is ironic since spiders are actually afraid of humans and bite only out of self defense. Spider bites are often not dangerous, as there are only two venomous spider species found in the United States: the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse spider. Of the two venomous spider species, only the Black Widow can be found in California and Humboldt County.
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