The good news is that most of the spiders you see in Connecticut are harmless; they may be freaky looking and burdensome, but if they bite you, you will probably just have to deal with a little bit of pain and/or itching. Of all of the spiders in the U.S.A., the CDC reports that there are only two species that have venom that is dangerous to humans: the brown recluse and the black widow. Of these, only the black widow spider can be found in Connecticut.
The only potentially fatal poisonous spider in Connecticut is a female black widow. They are easily recognized by their round black bodies and the dark red hourglass figure they have on the bottom of their torso. The good news is that black widow spiders in CT are not hunters—they wait in their webs for their food. This means they are not aggressive and will not seek out a human to bite. They will only bite someone if they feel threatened. Black widows prefer dark spaces that are no higher than three feet off the ground, and they will very rarely be seen indoors.
The bite from a black widow is extremely painful and can be identified by the two puncture marks left behind. If you or a loved one is bitten by a black widow, its neurotoxin will be released and it will spread throughout your body, so swift medical care is crucial. While most people can survive a black widow bite with no issues, they can be fatal in young children or the elderly. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and most medical facilities will have anti-venom on site.
Black widows may be the only poisonous spiders in CT, but that doesn’t mean they are all harmless. There are two species of Connecticut spiders that have especially painful bites:
Whether CT spiders give you the creepy crawlies or you are concerned about the harmful bites of the wolf spider, parson spider, or black widow, you can depend on Richland Pest & Bee Control to keep your family safe. As a family-owned business, we understand the importance of a pest free home. For a free estimate for spider control in Connecticut, contact us today. You never want to take a chance when it comes to CT spiders.