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Pest Library

Here you can learn a little about some common and not so common pest you may see around your home or business.

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Spiders

    There are about 3,000 species of spiders occurring in North America. Many species of spiders are household pests. Wherever food is available, spiders are likely to be found. All spiders are predators, feeding mainly on insects and other small arthropods. In the United Stated only two spider groups are considered dangerous to man, the widow spiders and the recluse spiders. Both of these groups are composed of several species.

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Wolf Spider

    The common name for this species reflects that these are hunting spiders and will chase their prey(food). These spiders are often big and hairy, which alarms most people, but they are primarily a nuisance pest. There is over 100 species of this spider that are found throughout the United States and Canada.
Recognition:
    Adult females have a body length of about 3/8- 1 3/8 inches, sometimes even larger. Males have a body length of about 1/4-3/4 inches. The cephalothorax and abdomen are very hairy. The color is usually dark brown, often with paler stripes or markings, or sometimes yellow with dark stripes or markings. They have 8 eyes, the front row of 4 are small, and evenly spaced. There is a set of eyes toward the rear medially. Finally, the posterior row strongly curved forward that are very large. It looks like 3 rows of eyes(front to back)4,2,2.