Seeing a spider crawling around your house can be a bit unnerving. And it makes you wonder just how many spiders are hiding out in your home.

There are many different types of spiders you might encounter in California, some are completely harmless and some could pose some danger. The trick is to determine which type of spider you are dealing with before going into a panic and screaming.

Earthwise Pest Management, your home pest control in Sacramento, offers spiders commonly found in California homes.

Grass Spider

There are 13 species of grass spiders found throughout the United States. Don’t be alarmed when you see this type of spider, they can run very rapidly. They have a very distinctive feature that sets them apart from other spiders; they have eight eyes arranged in three rows. They are not considered dangerous to humans. However, they will bite if provoked, so quit poking it with a stick and just leave it alone.

Yellow Sac Spider

The yellow sac spider is pale in color and has an abdomen that is either beige or yellow. They will bite and their venom causes a small lesion, so staph infection can be a risk. If you have been bitten by one of these spiders, we suggest you seek medical treatment.

Carolina Wolf Spider

The Carolina wolf spider is usually regarded as the largest of the wolf spiders found in North America. The females are larger than the males and can reach 25 millimeters in length.

The Carolina wolf spider is a skilled hunter, it actively seeks its prey as opposed to waiting for it to get tangled up in a web. It seeks and it attacks. They are nocturnal and are usually only spotted at night.

This type of spider is large, hairy and fast, three characteristics you hate to see in a spider. They are comfortable in almost any type of habitat and will sometimes wander into your home to search for a snack.

Green Lynx Spider

The green lynx spider is commonly found in low bushes and woody shrubs. They are a thin and long spider with green legs. As a defense mechanism, this type of spider can spit venom up to eight inches. But they only do so to protect their egg sac and not to subdue prey. It may bite, but the venom is harmless.
Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Garden spider, that sounds like a nice spider. The female is extremely large with a yellow body with black patterns. The large size and vivid colors can lead to an intimidating experience should you encounter this type of spider.

But not to worry as it is unlikely to bite unless provoked. In the unlikely event of a bite, you may experience mild swelling and some discomfort.

Common House Spider

This is one of the most common species of spiders in the world. They love to build their webs in and around your house, usually in more secluded spots as to avoid being disturbed.

This type of spider is not at all aggressive and will only bite in self-defense.

Black Window

Black widows are easily identified by their color and hourglass-shaped mark on their bellies. And though their venom is rarely fatal, a bite will cause muscle aches and nausea. The black widow might look fierce, but they are not aggressive and will only bite in self-defense. So don’t go poking it with a stick.

Tarantula

Tarantulas are large and hairy, which is more information than what people want to know. Their appearance alone is enough to terrify you. The good news is that this type of spider is virtually harmless to humans. In fact, some people keep them as pets.

Tarantulas are very mild-mannered and it is extremely rare for one to bite a human.

Cross Orbweaver

The cross orbweaver is another popular species of spider found in California. These spiders are commonly found in yards, on farms and inside your home. They create large, orb-shaped webs on anything they can including door frames, ceiling and window sills.

Adult females range in length from 6.5 to 20 millimeters, and the males are 5.5 to 13 millimeters long.

If you have spiders in your home, give Earthwise Pest Management a call and we can help.