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These Are Some of the Most Common Spider Invaders in the U.S.

There are more than 40,000 species of spiders around the world, including about 3,000 in North America alone. You can probably find at least a few different species in and around your own home. In the U.S., both venomous and non-venomous spiders abound, which means that pest control services are important for protecting your family’s health, as well as your peace of mind.

Yellow Sac Spider

This small spider is commonly found in the corners of ceilings and walls, behind shelves, and in shrubs outdoors. As the name suggests, it’s a light yellow color, with a darker stripe on the abdomen. Homeowners are more likely to be bitten by the yellow sac spider than nearly any other common household spider, as it’s a nighttime hunter that actively searches the surroundings for food. These spiders will bite if they feel threatened, such as if they’re trapped between the skin and the bedsheets. Yellow sac spiders are venomous, but usually cause only minor symptoms like initial pain, swelling, and itchiness.

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders have distinctive hairy legs, which makes them frequently mistaken for baby tarantulas. These fast-moving spiders are active hunters, like the yellow sac spider. Wolf spiders prefer to burrow in the ground, but may enter homes and garages during the cooler months. Usually, they won’t bite unless handled. Unless a person is allergic to the venom, a wolf spider bite will cause only mild symptoms, including discomfort and swelling.

Jumping Spiders

Pest control experts often get called in after homeowners see jumping spiders in the area. These quick spiders can jump up to 25 times their own height. However, they tend to prefer living in vegetation outdoors, rather than invading the interior of houses.


Tarantulas are the largest types of spiders, and quite often, the most widely feared. Despite this, most tarantulas have venom that isn’t terribly harmful to humans—it can cause discomfort similar to a bee sting. Tarantulas prefer warmer areas, such as southern California.

If you’re having pest control problems in the Orange County area, it’s time to schedule professional extermination services. Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629. Our home pest control services include treatments for common household problems like spiders, earwigs, and silverfish.


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