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Common Spiders In Pittsburgh

daddy long legs on a log

There are a wide variety of potential pests that could be in your home if you live in Pittsburgh. Of course, everyone worries about termites or wasps, but no potential invader strikes as much fear in so many people as spiders! Many people panic at the sight of spiders, and having one in their home, not to mention several, is an unthinkable horror. It’s important to note, however, that some spiders are more harmful than others, so let’s take a look at what kind of spiders are present in Pittsburgh and how much of a threat they pose.

Cellar Spider (Daddy Long Legs)

To some, daddy long legs are especially grotesque. Their proportions stand out as being unnatural and unsettling. While these creatures may be unpleasant to look at, they don’t present much of a threat. Daddy long legs do not bite humans and are not venomous or poisonous to humans.

Brown Recluse

Brown recluse spiders are relatively small, ranging from a quarter of an inch to an inch in width. They can be recognized most easily by their brown color and a pattern on their back in the shape of a violin. Despite their small size, the bite of a brown recluse can make some people very sick and can even kill the tissue around the area of a bite. Brown recluse bites are very serious and often go overlooked at first because the bite itself is not painful. 

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are somewhat larger than brown recluse spiders, coming in at around an inch to an inch and a half across. Wolf spiders can be identified by the thick coat of fine hair around their body, perhaps giving way to their name. They range in color from brown to grey and lack the presence of any distinguishable pattern on their back. While they are venomous, their bites are not nearly as severe as that of the brown recluse.

House Spider

The most common spider to come across in North America is the house spider. Pretty much everyone’s seen one, whether they know it or not. House spiders are small, typically no more than a quarter of an inch, and have a light grey color. Their bites are not usually dangerous but can be quite painful for up to 16 hours.

Spider Prevention

If you want to prevent spiders from getting into your Pittsburgh home, there’s only one effective method. Getting your house set up with a year-round pest control plan will target the most common pests of every season and give you a spider and pest-free home. Year-round pest control is offered at a flat rate, making it easier to budget for your pest control needs and often saving money over having to call for pest control and perhaps even repair services after you see an infestation. Contact Witt Pest Management to learn more about our pest control services.