In south-central Kansas, there are many types of spiders, including two that are venomous. One of these is the brown recluse, shown above. In contrast, some species are actually helpful to have around. These five species outlined below are a few of the most common in our area. Most that you see in the open during the day are not likely to bite you, but can if they are provoked. Those whose bites would require you to seek medical help spend most of their time hiding.

Pest Control for Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse have a poisonous bite! They are most easily identified by their brown color with a darker brown violin shape on their head and thorax. They are reclusive and often hide in undisturbed areas, such as storage closets or wood piles.

Pest Control for Black Widows

Black Widow

Black Widows also have a venomous bite. They are all black with a unique red hourglass shape on the underside of their abdomen. Juveniles have colored patterns on the outer side of their abdomen that turns black as they age. They are typically shy and do not like being disturbed, but can be aggressive if provoked. They make tangled webs under ledges or in corners.

Pest Control for Wolf Spiders

Wolf Spiders

Wolf spiders can look intimidating, but they are not harmful to humans. They can actually be helpful -- they eat brown recluse! They do not spin webs, but instead make holes in the ground to live.

Pest Control for Orb Weaving Garden Spiders

Orb Weaving Garden Spiders

Orb Weavers and other Garden Spiders are typically found in grassy areas, gardens, low shrubs and sometimes trees. They weave ornate webs to catch their prey. You can usually find them at the center of their web, head down waiting with unyielding patience. Their color depends on species but can range from yellow and black to tan to blue.

Pest Control for Jumping Spiders

Jumping Spiders

Jumping Spiders make up the largest group of spiders in Kansas. They are hunters that react to movement. They have sharp vision and are very quick. These spiders, like a few other species, can travel in a unique way -- ballooning. They release some of their silk and catch the wind with it to move from one place to another. They can be a wide range of colors.

What Attracts Spiders

How To Keep Spiders Out

Pest Control for Spiders in Kansas
Spiders can have 2 to 12 eyes arranged in pairs. Most species have 8 eyes.

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