Boise, Idaho is home to many spider species, many of which you might see crawling around in your home. No matter what the species it might be, these eight-legged crawlers are never a welcomed guest. The two most dangerous spiders, the Black Widow and Hobo Spiders, rarely injure people in Idaho, so although you still may want them gone, the danger level is fairly low.
We at Averse Pest Control strive to be the top spider control company in Boise, we stay up to date on the types of spiders you can encounter. Spiders can usually be seen in your home during the colder months, but can be active anytime of the year.
So, here are some of the commonly found spiders in Boise, Idaho.
These can be the scariest spiders in Idaho, because they can get quite large (up to an inch in length!) and are quick. Their main distinguishing feature of these tan spiders is the dark lines that run along the top of their body. Like many other spiders, Wolf Spiders are hunters. They don’t spin webs, so they are constantly on the move. Wolf spiders invade homes during summer and fall months and are attracted to dark and damp environments. Though these spiders aren’t a significant threat to humans, you should still be careful if you see them in your house.
The Hobo Spider is widespread in the state of Idaho. These spiders are usually ¼, and ½ inch in size, and are found lurking around the ground level. They create funnel-shaped webs and feed on other insects in and around your house. The most common reason Hobo spiders bite human beings is when they get take shelter in clothing left on the floor, then panic when the person puts it on again. If they bite, the bite area will become hard, followed by blisters. These blisters break down after 24 hours, and a slow-healing wound is left. However, in some rare cases, the bite can result in tissue damage, which requires medical attention. Consult a medical professional if you think you have been bitten by a Hobo Spider.
These spiders are mostly found in yard, sitting on flowers and other places where insects land. Their fronts legs are long and stretched out, waiting for their prey. Crab spiders can also change their body color, which makes it difficult for their prey to see their presence. They are basically harmless to human beings and are smaller than the size of a raisin.
Ever spotted any bright colored spiders in your home? These are probably jumping spiders. You’ll encounter these on walls, fences, in sheds, gardens, etc. One interesting fact about these spiders is that they can walk in any directed regardless of where they are facing. They can also leap long distances onto unsuspecting prey, hence the name. Jumping spiders can grow between ¼ and ¾ inches and aren’t dangerous to humans.
These are common spiders here, usually found in your garage, sheds, barns, woodpiles, and under eaves. House spiders grow up to an inch in length but don’t pose any real danger to human beings. However, their infestation is a big nuisance and should be treated immediately.
Black Widows are considered the most venomous spiders in Idaho, and they are found commonly here. They weave strong, loose webs to entangle their prey and use their combed feet to tear them apart. They usually make their homes in garages, woodpiles, and barns/sheds. Black widows rarely nest in living areas, but they have been found hiding behind furniture that is seldom moved. Male black widows are much smaller, whereas the females grow up to a ½ inch in length.
Despite being venomous, they usually don’t pose any risk to human beings unless threatened or disturbed. If bitten, the pain can be intense within a matter of minutes, and a medical professional should be consulted. The venom gradually spreads throughout the body and results in cramping, partial paralysis, nausea, headache, fever, and breathing problems.
These spiders have very unusually shaped bodies, with a bulbous abdomen being the most prominent feature. Their markings are said to resemble the face of a cat, which gave them the name. They create beautiful concentric circular webs and are commonly found in gardens and outdoor areas of your house. Whenever prey gets trapped in their web, they quickly capture them in silk and carry to the center of their web to feed on it.
These spiders do not pose any danger to humans and can grow to the size of a half-dollar. They reproduce very fast, which can make them a nuisance to have around.
Do Brown Recluse Live in Idaho?
According to our research and experience, the Brown Recluse territory is limited to the Midwest and the Southern part of the United States. So in short, the answer is no.
However, they can be transported on accident to your home or business location via your luggage, clothes, the trunk of your car, etc. These are highly poisonous spiders, and they grow to the size of a quarter, including the legs. If they bite you, it is painless at first, but you will develop a bite mark that gradually destroys the soft tissue and eats away your skin.
If you suspect spider infestation in your home and need help identifying their species and to get rid of them, Averse Pest Control has the knowledge and skills to help you overcome your spider problem. Give us a call today and schedule your free home-pest inspection.