Spiders are among the most feared and hated bug around. The gamut of emotion is somewhere between arachnophobia and live and let live. The balance lies somewhere in the middle of these extremes. In fact studies have shown that spiders rank second only to snakes as far as the fear factor. The spider walk is what many define as creepy, and it’s secretive nature adds to the anxiety.

However, some people think that a sort of balance of nature is achieved by spiders in that they are predatory. Spiders do reproduce at a very high rate with many egg sacs
containing 300 to 400 spiderlings. The two favorite places for spiders to hang out is the basement and garage. The wet and damp weather in Ohio is conducive for spider propagation.

Spiders can be differentiated by their webs, where they are found i.e., basement, garden and woodpile. Some hunting spiders do not make a web at all, rather they rely on stealth
and surprise.

Spiders in Ohio

Some common spiders found in northeast Ohio include:

Cellar spiders: This spider with it’s long thread-like legs hangs with it’s abdomen upwards and shakes it’s web violently and spins around rapidly when disturbed.

Funnel weavers: These spiders may commonly be seen in the morning when the grass is full of dew. As a child I remember feeding flies to a few lucky Funnel weavers. They retreat to
a funnel of silk.

Jumping spiders: If it is a small spider that jumps. Sometimes it’s colorful markings has it confused with a black widow. We have commonly found this spider around windows
especially if it has a place to retreat.

Crab spiders: This spiders crab-liked appearance is easily recognized. You might bring this spider in with firewood.

Sac-spiders: This spider is commonly found in houses were the wall meets the ceiling. It is very prolific and is recognizable by the small capsule of silk that it resides into. Some of these spiders have been blamed for bites.

Wolf-spiders: Large hairy spider that is quite common. These large spiders are hunting spiders and do not construct webs. Professional Exterminating has noted that these spiders are found many times by wooded areas and even around new construction.

Black-widow spiders: Perhaps this is the queen of spiders. The adult female is jet-black with red marking triangles to form an hour glass on the underside of the spider. This spider can be found in all 50 states. However, it seems to much prefer the southen climates. In twenty-five years Professional Exterminating has not confirmed a case of black widow spiders. If a person has been bitten by this spider they should surely seek medical attention.

Fiddleback-spiders are not easily identified and would require the expertise of a certified arachnologist to make the determination. This spider commonly called the brown
recluse has a territory that is spreading including the neighboring states of New York and Pennsylvania.
These are small tan spiders to brown with fiddle shape markings on the upper surface of the head thorax. This spider is famous for an ulcerous reaction to it’s bite that resembles gangarene. Confirmations of this spider seem to be erratic and may be best proved by the ulcerous adhesion.

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