Creepy, crawly spiders can be invaluable – they literally eat a lot of the household pests. Yet, Bulwark Exterminating is contracted for our spider pest control expertise on a regular basis. Unfortunately, these spiders can be a pain in Knoxville too. Hinging on what a distinct species picks for their meals and when they are up and moving will influence how much they impact your lifestyle. A few, like black widows, can be dangerous to people and pets.

Spiders appear in oodles of diverse forms, proportions and colors, but a number of these bugs have extremely identical features and are typically difficult to classify. If you need help determining precisely what class of spider has overrun your Knoxville home, just visit Bulwark Exterminating’s free pest identification service page. A few of the spiders we commonly run into in the area can be found below.


Black Widow Spiders – One of the more memorable venomous spiders, Black Widow Spiders are smaller than you might imagine. They are normally just a ½ inch in length and even though the famous red “hourglass” pattern can usually be located on the females of this species, that may not consistently be the circumstance. Like most spiders, the Black Widow spins a web, usually near the ground, to apprehend the bugs and small animals they eat. Additional solid sign of this spider is that its web is no doubt durable than most other spiders. The notoriety of the Black Widow is well-deserved. It is without a doubt the most dangerous spider in North America since the toxin from their bites can end in death in some extreme cases. Most victims will go through some cramping paired with intense pain that may last for several days.


Cellar Spiders – These spiders have slender, long legs that can stretch up to two inches long. As a by-product, Cellar Spiders are often confused with the Harvestman species, which is more commonly recognized as Daddy Long-Legs. One of the more romantic species of spiders, mates will frequently create webs close by to one another. Cellar Spider webs are typically located above ground. They chop the bodies free from their web after devouring the bugs they trap so that you’ll usually see a small pile of dead bug bodies under their webs.

Harvestmen (aka Daddy Long Legs) – Meet the spider that isn’t actually a spider, they are arachnids, but they are actually more closely related to scorpions than spiders.They have enough in common with spiders that we’ll include them here. Like spiders, they’ll eat just about any kind of insect they can capture – including on occasion other Harvestmen. They have a stout body length and extremely long legs that can reach up to two inches, which is the creation of their nickname “Daddy Long Legs.” One feature that sets them apart from look-alike Cellar Spiders is that Harvestmen do not make silk for webs. While they do occasionally form a pungent odor to ward off predators, they do not bite or sting.


Hobo Spiders – These spiders are greyish brown with long, hairy legs. Their webs are not sticky so they actually have to trap their dinner by constructing what resembles a net. The Hobo Spider holds out for their prey to get stuck in the net and then pounces to subdue their food. Due to their bad vision, they have a reputation of attacking without much proding due to not being able to tell who is irritating them. Because if they don’t attack they can’t survive, humans will sometimes get a bite from a Hobo Spider, which can leave a mark that takes some time to heal.


Jumping Spiders – If you see a tiny spider with a somewhat large body and short legs, you may have run into a Jumping Spider. These spiders are usually active during the day since they hunt their victims and require the light to see. They get their name from their marvelous leaping capability – they can jump up to 20 times their body length. Since they don’t weave webs to capture their food, you’ll usually find their silk used to protect their home and cover their eggs.


Violin Spiders (Brown Recluse) – These light colored spiders are typically average in size but can fluctuate. Their name is derived from their marking, which is normally in a shape that appears like a violin. Their brownish coloring has given them the nickname – Brown Recluse. These spiders don’t create webs but will use their silk as a protective measure to protect their eggs and defend their withdrawal. They will bite humans and when they do it is memorable. Their bite injects toxic venom that forms an infected wound that can be quite large. After the bite a dry discolored patch will result that looks red, white and blue.


Wolf Spiders – These pests can have comparatively short or long legs, but they are thicker and enveloped with short hairs. These spiders hunt by night and are fast. There have been reports of smaller Wolf Siders making a getaway over a swimming pool employing its surface. These spiders are not fearful about coming indoors in their pursuit for a meal. Their color often has them mistaken for the Violin Spider, also recognized as the Brown Recluse. You can tell the contrast between the two species since Wolf Spiders don’t have the distinctive, violin-shaped brand on their backs.

There are quite a few kinds of pests you may run into, but these are the more prominent spiders in Knoxville households. If you need help with your spider pest control problem, don’t delay to contact Bulwark Exterminating at 865-320-9022 or online to discover how we can help rid your home of pesky spiders!