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Your Guide to Identifying Spiders in Georgia

What are the most common spiders in Georgia? Read below to find out!

Spiders might help bring the spook to Halloween, but these critters can have a year-round presence in Georgia. If you know which spiders Georgia might be home to, you may start to feel a little more relaxed when you stumble across one of them in or around your house. Should Georgia homeowners be afraid of spiders? No, not really. But there are a few spiders that you need to make sure you keep your distance from, so it's important for you to be able to tell friend from foe!

Let's take a look at some of the most common spiders in Georgia, how to tell if a spider is dangerous, and how to get rid of spiders in your house!

brown house spider in a web in front of a brick wall

Most Common Spiders in Georgia

The most common spider in Georgia is the wolf spider, followed very closely by the crevice spider and common house spider. All three of these spiders are completely harmless to humans and will do their best to stay out of your way. Other common spiders in Georgia include some not-so-harmless varieties like the brown recluse spider, the black widow spider, and the brown widow spider. If you want to do a deep-dive into all of the spiders you might find in Georgia, click this link to read more about each variety!

How to Tell If a Spider Is Dangerous

Nearly all spiders produce some sort of venom, so that technically means all spiders are "venomous." Before you go on a murderous rampage of any spider you happen to see, remember that venom is a spider's hunting method, so most spiders' venom will only have an effect on their prey…which you are not. The spiders who have enough venom to harm humans are the ones you need to know how to spot, and thankfully, there are not very many of those in Georgia.

Spiders are small and swift, which makes it difficult to accurately identify if it is dangerous or not. Coloring and patterns are some of the biggest hints as to whether a spider could harm you. Here are some quick ways to identify the top three dangerous spiders in Georgia:

  • black widow spider in a web

    The black widow spider has a red hourglass shape on its belly

  • The brown recluse spider has a dark brown violin shape on its back

  • The brown widow spider has a yellow/orange hourglass shape on its belly

How to Get Rid of Spiders in Your House

Believe it or not, having spiders in your house is not necessarily the worst thing in the world. Spiders are largely regarded as beneficial insects, because they prey on harmful or invasive insects that could cause serious problems in your home. If you've confirmed that the spider presence in your house isn't a poisonous one, you should turn your attention to what has actually drawn the spiders to your house. Look for signs of other pests and keep up a general pest prevention routine: keep floors and surfaces clear of food and crumbs, properly seal dry goods in air-tight containers, seal off all entry possible entry points into your house, and opt for plastic storage containers instead of cardboard boxes (and keep them off the floor!).

A dangerous spider presence in or around your home is not something you should take lightly. Even if you get rid of the potentially harmful spider you happened to come across, you may have others lurking around your property. For peace of mind, call in the professionals to give your home and outdoor spaces a thorough inspection and eliminate any additional dangerous spiders they discover. BREDA technicians can also review preventative measures you can take to keep your home safe from future dangerous spider infestations.

If you're tired of wondering what the pests in or around your home are doing and just want them gone, don't hesitate to give us a call. The BREDA Guarantee promises to protect your home and keep it protected—no matter the circumstances. Schedule an inspection online or give us a call at 770-466-6700.