4 of the Creepiest Bugs in Tennessee

Black Widow Spiders

The black widow spider is present in a number of areas across the U.S., including Knoxville, Tennessee. Two of the five species of this spider live in the state. They're more common because of the warm, humid climate. You can spot a black widow because it has a red hourglass on its abdomen, but it's best to avoid getting close enough to check for that marking.

These spiders tend to hide out in woodpiles, root cellars, and other dark, damp places in and around the home. The bite of a black widow spider can be deadly, especially if the spider bites a child, but the venom will typically cause a severe illness and pain in a healthy adult.


When you're outside in your yard or taking a hike on one of the nearby trails, make sure to watch out for ticks. They commonly live in wooded areas of the state of Tennessee. In fact, the number of tick bite cases reported in the state doubled in five years. Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks can also bite dogs so keep your pup away from these critters when you're taking him or her for a walk.

A tick bite usually looks like a red, raised spot, but you'll be able to identify it because the tick will typically be visible on your skin. When a bull's-eye forms around the bite, this can be indicative of Lyme disease.

Fire Ants

If you notice mounds of dirt in your yard, you might have an infestation of fire ants. When anything disrupts their mounds, these ants tend to swarm and attack as a form of protection. The sting of a fire ant can be very painful, and the venom can cause allergies and swelling. Teach your kids about what fire ant mounds look like and the importance of staying away from them to stay safe.

Southern Devil Scorpion

You might think that scorpions only live in the desert, but the Southern devil scorpion thrives in a tropical climate, such as what we experience here in Tennessee. It is one of just a few species that live in the Southeastern part of the U.S. Luckily, this scorpion's venom is not lethal, but a sting from one of these bugs could cause some problems. Getting stung by a scorpion will certainly cause some pain and discomfort, and the swelling and pain could continue for several weeks. Some people are also allergic to scorpion venom.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by having extermination services done regularly at your Tennessee property. With the right service, you may be able to avoid seeing any of these creepy bugs at your home.