The spiders most people worry about are the ones lurking in the corners of their homes. Although a great many people fear spiders (some to the point of phobia, called arachnophobia), the creatures do much good by capturing and eating other insects. Even though all spiders have some amount of venom that varies in potency, the vast majority of spiders are not dangerous to people because their fangs are too short or too fragile to penetrate a person’s skin.
The black widow spider is native to Colorado and can be found hiding in dark and dry areas in the home. The red hourglass markings make these spiders easy to identify, though they tend to hide from people and can be easy to overlook. Black widows are one of the few spiders that pose an active threat to people in our region. They have a very distinctive web pattern that is multilayered and can look “messy”. The webbing of the nest is very strong and the female will defend the nest especially is she has recently laid or hatched eggs.
The insects are starting to wake up and the spiders will be shortly behind. IPMNOCO can help to protect your home and family from the insects and the predators that feed on them.
Spiders in Northern Colorado
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