5 Spiders Found at Lake of the Ozarks
At Best Pest Control, we've seen all kinds of spiders around the Lake of the Ozarks. Spiders have a knack for slipping into a home and staying hidden. There are several species of spider around the Lake, while most are harmless, some are dangerous and should only be left to pest control experts at Lake of the Ozarks. Let's take a look at some of the spiders found around the Lake area and learn more about them!
Finally, a spider worth staying away from! The Brown Recluse is commonly found in homes across Missouri, and they love to hide in storage, rarely used drawers, and basements/attics. They tend to avoid human contact, (hence the recluse title) but due to how often we are cohabitants, bites do happen. They are almost never fatal but the venom is dangerous to humans and animals. If you are bitten by a Brown Recluse, seek medical attention immediately.
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1. Missouri Tarantula
Size: 1.5 to 2 inches not including legs
The Missouri Tarantula is the largest spider found in the state. It tends to shy away from human interaction, though when provoked it will bite. The bite is venomous, but it's akin to a bee sting, and the venom is relatively harmless to humans. Male tarantula's rarely live past a year, but females can live upwards of 20 years in the right conditions! Some people keep tarantula's as pets, and feed them household pests like crickets and cockroaches.
2. Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Size: up to 1 inch not counting legs
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Garden Spiders have some of the most aggressive markings of any spider in Missouri, and they're almost completely harmless to humans. Usually found in gardens and near houses, the Garden Spider will weave a web nearly 2 feet at its widest to catch larger insects such as the grasshopper. These spiders breed one time, creating egg cases of up to 1,000 eggs each! When hatched, the new spiders will send silk into the air known as "ballooning" and float away to a new part of the garden.
Size: up to 1 inch not including the legs
Another spider that doesn't spin a web to catch it's prey! Wolf Spiders run down insects and other spiders at night, often darting through the grass or dirt. The bite of a Wolf Spider hurts, but is otherwise harmless. An interesting fact about wolf spider females is that they carry their young on their back. Once hatched, they stay with mom for weeks until the spiderlings are ready to go off on their own.
4. Brown Recluse
Size: 1/4 inch not including legs
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5. Black Widow
Size: 3/8 inch not including legs
Spiders + Humans
The most important thing to remember about these 5 spiders is that they all prefer to avoid human contact. If any of them are found in your yard, or inside the home, Best Pest Control can easily remove them. Spiders can cause a lot of damage, if not on their own, then through people who will stop at nothing to eliminate them from the house! Lake of the Ozark's best pest company can remove the spiders, and all of their food sources and outside habitats, with professionalism. Give us a call today at 573-348-1600!
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