Spiders all have 8 legs, which keeps these separate from all other indoor pests.
Customers usually notice an abundance of spiders in early spring around the outside of their structures in and around flowerbeds, shrubbery, mulch, soffet areas, brick, or vinyl siding. They can like cool damp areas such as basements or crawlspaces, as well as warm dry areas, such as air vents, and upper corners of rooms.
There are two types of poisonous spiders in the state of Kentucky:
The female is well known due to their shiny black abdomen with two red triangles also known as an hourglass shape on her underside. Their thick mass of web makes it easy to wait on and capture her prey. These webs are often found under boards, along foundation walls, around and behind shrubbery and where brick or wood siding extends close to the ground. A black widow spider bite feels like a sharp needle point puncture to the skin. The toxins from the black widow spider bite effects the nervous system. These toxins can be deadly. Immediate medical attention should be received upon being bit by a black widow.
The brown recluse spider is tannish to brown in color. It's back has a dark fiddle-shaped marking that begins at the eyes and runs down it's neck, with the fat end of the fiddle beginning behind the eyes. This spider got it's name due to it's reclusive tendencies. It does not like to be out in the open around activity. It is an extremely good hiding spider. They like to stay in dark, secluded areas such as corners of closets, inside of shoes, behind baseboards, crawlspaces, garages, and basements. Unlike a black widow spider bite, the initial bite is not as intense. Within 8 to 12 hours of the initial bite, the pain can become quite intense. Immediate medical attention should be received upon being bit by a brown recluse.
These greyish white insects have a forked appendage attached to their lower back that causes them to jump when it's moved quickly. This causes them to jump or flip in the air. Sometimes mistaken for fleas, however, they are not blood feeders. These insects are commonly found outdoors in moist areas. Indoors, they can be seen in the soil of potted plants, in bathrooms, around drains, in basements, on damp walls. They do not do damage but are often considered a nuisance due to the large numbers present when noticed.