Did you know there are 22 different types of spiders in Kansas? While these creatures might be scary to encounter, some are more dangerous than others. It’s important to be able to identify which ones are friendly bug control helpers, and which Kansas spiders are venomous and capable of hurting you, your loved ones, or your pets. Here are the top 5spiders in Kansas you might encounter.
Friendly Spiders in Kansas
While all spiders are venomous, most are not harmful to humans. Common friendly spiders you might run into in Kansas include garden spiders, wolf spiders, and jumping spiders.
Just like their name suggests, these arachnids frequently make large webs in bushes, trees, and gardens. While they might look intimidating with their large black-and-yellow bodies, they are actually harmless and will help keep down the numbers of flies and other insects around your home. A quick way to identify them is the white zigzag in the middle of their webs, which is why some people call them writing spiders!
Despite their scary name, the wolf spider is relatively harmless. These brown arachnids range from a half an inch to a little over an inch, and come in a variety of species including the Carolina Wolf Spider, the Dotted Wolf Spider, and the Striped Wolf Spider, each with their own unique markings. Though their bites can cause localized reactions, they are not life-threatening. Fun fact: when wolf spider babies hatch, they ride around on their mother’s backs until they are old enough to live on their own!
These spiders are more likely to find their way into your home, but don’t worry—they aren’t likely to hurt you! These spiders are hunters who like wolf spiders, so rather than sitting in webs, they are likely to be found roaming and looking for food. They range from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch depending on species, and are frequently hairy and often have bright dots of color on their bodies. They also have great eyesight!
Venomous Spiders in Kansas
While lots of Kansas spiders are harmless, many of them can be dangerous. Below are some of the ones to look out for.
This spider is notorious both for the red hourglass mark it bears on its underside and its highly venomous bite. Black widows are usually around half an inch in length when fully grown and have round, shiny black abdomens and thick, highly sticky webs. They tend to build their webs in shadowy, dark places (under troughs, stairs, or sinks, or even in your boots!). If bitten by a black widow, you should immediately seek medical attention.
This Kansas spider can easily be mistaken for a wolf spider, but it is much more dangerous. These brown spiders have long legs, three pairs of eyes, long thin legs, and a dark brown violin-shaped mark on their backs. The bite from a brown recluse can be deadly, and often causes tissue damage and scarring.
While most of Kansas spiders are friendly, many of them can still be intimidating, and those like the black widow and brown recluse are dangerous and can be a challenge to remove safely. Contact Quality All Care today to learn how we can help protect you and your loved ones from any eight-legged invaders.