Control Spiders in Vancouver, Surrey and Lower Mainland

Black Widow Spiders

blackwidow1.jpgBlack widow spiders are black, with characteristic red hourglass on back, having 8 legs, round, and 3/4 “long and 3/8” in diameter.

Black widow spiders are most recognizable for the red hourglass shop on the back. Contrary to legend, female black widow spiders rarely devour the male black widow spiders after mating.


Black widow spiders spin their webs near ground level. They often build their webs in protected areas, such as in boxes and in firewood.


Black widow spiders are often found around woodpiles and gain entry into a structure when firewood is carried into a building. They are also found under eaves, in boxes and other areas where they are undisturbed.


The venom of a black widow spider is a neurotoxin and is used as a defense. Black widow spiders do no bite humans instinctively. The black widow bite can cause severe pain. Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to a severe reacting to a black widow spider bite.

black widow spider Prevention

Avoid black widow spider bites by wearing heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time. Spiders often hide in shoes, so check shoes and shake them out before wearing. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in that area.

Brown Recluse Spiders

brownreclusespider.jpgBrown Recluse Spiders are light to dark brown in color, with characteristic dark brown violin marking on back. They are round, having 8 legs and 5/8 inches long.


Brown recluse spiders are nocturnal and eat other bugs like cockroaches and crickets. Male brown recluse spiders wander farther than females and will crawl into shoes or other clothing.


Brown recluse spiders often live outdoors in debris and woodpiles. They can be found infoors in storage areas and dark recesses.


Like the black widow spider, the brown recluse spider bites in defense and does not bite humans instinctively. They will bite humans when the clothing they are hiding in is worn. They brown recluse spider bite is painful and can produce an open, ulcerating sore.

brown recluse spider Prevention

spider0.jpgTo avoid brown recluse spiders, avoid keeping clothes on the floor. Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing.

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