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The Different Garden Spider Species

There are several spider species that will set up in the garden. After all, they will have access to a relatively safe and adequate environment, and a ton of insects to feed on. Let’s take a look at these different species and their various characteristics.

The black and yellow garden spider

These spiders belong to the Argiope genus, and they are the species people usually refer to when they say garden spiders. They are black and yellow in coloration, and they have a bite that is similar to a bee sting, but they rarely bite because they are very timid. They also build huge webs, which is why they are considered a nuisance that has to be removed from the property.

Spotted orb weavers

Spotted orb weavers belong to the Neoscona genus, and they can spin very large webs. They have rounded abdomens, with red banded legs and light coloration overall. The spotted web weaver does not have a dangerous bite, so it is pretty much harmless, but it can cause a considerable mess.

Lynx spiders

Lynx spiders look terrifying, with “spikes” on their legs. There are two main species of lynx spiders that you may encounter – one with darker green and red coloration, and the other with light green colors. Despite their intimidating appearance, this species is also harmless, with venom that cannot cause much pain.

Other common garden spiders

There are several other spider species that you may encounter in the garden, and which may be referred to as garden spiders, including wolf spiders, jumping spiders and crab spiders. Most of them are completely harmless, but wolf spiders have fangs large enough to tear through the skin, and a wolf spider bite will need to be disinfected.

Control

The main issue with garden spiders is that they create large webs that are unsightly. The spiders themselves can also be intimidating and an eyesore, but they are not dangerous to people. However, because of the mess that they cause, they need to be removed. A pro will use residual insecticides or baits to both destroy the infestation and prevent any garden spiders from infesting the property in the future.

If you have a garden spider infestation on your property, we can help you out. Contact us today with any questions you may have, or to set an appointment for a control procedure.

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