North Carolina is home to a variety of species of spiders. Spiders thrive in environments that offer them everything they need to survive: food, water and shelter. Homeowners may start to notice spiders in their home when weather conditions outside become less than desirable for spiders or their prey. Predatory in nature these arachnids feed on other nuisance insects. Spiders range in size in color but all have similarities in the appearance of their bodies. A spider’s body consists of two sections, the abdomen and the cephalothorax. With no wings or antennae, these insects have eight legs with six to eight eyes.
As stated earlier, spiders can be found in places that cater to their needs. They will often create burrows or hide in holes in the ground, gardens, rock piles, in bushes, and under debris. In your home their main goal is to find their way into dark, secluded areas. Typically in your home they will hide in basements, closets, under bedding, inside boxes, and throughout attics and crawl spaces.
When it comes to spiders being harmful, not all are dangerous. There are some species that can cause more health problems in people than others. Many species of spiders would be classified as nuisance pests as the strength of their venom isn’t enough to cause complications. Some species on the other hand have a powerful venom which can be dangerous to both humans and animals.
Some of the common spiders found in Charlotte, NC are wolf, house, orb weave, brown recluse, jumping, and black widow. Read below to find out a little more about each of these species.