Common Missouri Spiders: Identification and Characteristics

Missouri has diverse spider species, each with unique characteristics and behaviors.

Understanding these common spiders can help you identify them and appreciate their role in the ecosystem. This article will explore some of Missouri’s most frequently encountered spiders, providing detailed descriptions and identification tips for each.

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This was my first time using Titan and they far exceeded my expectations! I contacted Titan as we discovered we had 2 very large, guinea pig looking animals in our garage. We had seen them go in and out of their hiding place and no clue what they were. I figured I would have to wait to get someone out, and they put me on the schedule the same day. David came out and looked around and talked about our wildlife/rodent problem....appears to be two pack rats. He explained in detail what he was going to do with the traps and all. Typically they leave and send you an estimate and, once approved, they come back to do all the work. I asked if he could go ahead and put the bait and traps out now, and I would sign and pay, or whatever was needed. as we were just anxious to get these rodents taken care of, due to the inconvenience and damage they have caused (including eating through my husbands turn signal wire on his car). He took the time to contact the office to see if he could do this, prepare the estimate for my signature, go over in detail the terms of the contract and warranty, and then I paid over the phone. Very easy. I was so appreciative of his willingness to try to get this done quickly for us, even though it isn't their usual policy. He then set everything out and told me if I felt like I needed service before my scheduled 7 day time to just call and they would work with me. I loved the experience, or as much as you can love having 2 very large pack rats in your garage (think guinea pig size, lol). David was very timely, knowledgeable, and respectful. When he left he even shook my hand. Titan has definitely earned any future business of mine and I will definitely be recommending them to others!**Update: After no movement on the camera for almost 72 hours (and they set off the camera pretty much every 5 minutes prior to Titan coming out so we were cautiously optimistic they both had died), one resurfaced at 3am this morning, the one that has had a trap stuck on him for that entire 72 hours, and he can't get into the only food source, aka the bait trap, because of the trap being stuck on his head. So, I contacted Titan this morning just to see if anyone could come back out before the scheduled Thursday time, figuring I probably would be out of luck. The lady that answered said that while David's schedule was pretty full, she would have him out sometime today, just couldn't say when.I wish more businesses operated this way.
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I had my home checked for all insects and pest. He did a great job and was very thorough. I would tell all my family and friends about them.
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We had so many brown recluse this year, response time was fantastic. Allen was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. They handled the problem and now i can finally sleep again. Will forever recommend Titan to all our friends and family.
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Types of Spiders Found in Missouri

Explore our guide to the common spiders of Missouri. Learn to identify Black Widows, Brown Recluses, Wolf Spiders, Garden Spiders, and Jumping Spiders. Gain insights into their habitats, behaviors, and potential dangers:

Black Widow

  • Identification:
    • Appearance: The female black widow is shiny black with a distinctive red hourglass shape on the underside of her abdomen. Males are smaller and lighter in color, with white and red markings.
    • Size: Females are about 1.5 inches (38 mm) long, including the leg span. Males are significantly smaller.
  • Characteristics:
    • Habitat: Black widows prefer dark, undisturbed areas such as woodpiles, sheds, basements, and crawl spaces.
    • Behavior: They are solitary and nocturnal, typically hiding during the day and coming out at night to build irregular, tangled webs.
    • Danger: The bite of a female black widow can be medically significant, causing severe pain, muscle cramps, and other symptoms. However, fatalities are rare.

Brown Recluse

  • Identification
    • Appearance: Brown recluse spiders are light to dark brown with a characteristic dark violin-shaped marking on their back.
    • Size: They measure about 0.5 to 1 inch (12 to 25 mm) in length, including the legs.
  • Characteristics
    • Habitat: They favor secluded, dry, and undisturbed areas such as attics, closets, and inside shoes or clothing stored away.
    • Behavior: Brown recluses are shy and reclusive, avoiding human contact. They build irregular webs in undisturbed areas.
    • Danger: Their bite can cause necrotic lesions and systemic symptoms. If bitten, immediate medical attention is recommended.

Wolf Spider

  • Identification
    • Appearance: Wolf spiders are usually brown to gray with distinct stripes or markings on their bodies.
    • Size: They range from 0.25 to 1.2 inches (6 to 30 mm) in length.
  • Characteristics
    • Habitat: These spiders do not build webs. Instead, they are ground dwellers, often found in leaf litter, grassy areas, and sometimes inside homes.
    • Behavior: Wolf spiders are solitary hunters who are active at night. They use their keen eyesight to hunt and capture prey.
    • Danger: They are generally not aggressive, and their bite is not harmful to humans but can cause mild irritation.

Garden Spider

  • Identification
    • Appearance: These black and yellow garden spiders are easily recognizable by their striking black and yellow marks on the abdomen.
    • Size: Females can grow up to 1.5 inches (38 mm), while males are smaller, around 0.5 inches (12 mm).
  • Characteristics
    • Habitat: They are commonly found in gardens, fields, and other vegetation-rich areas.
    • Behavior: Garden spiders are known for their large, orb-shaped webs, which they build in open areas to catch flying insects.
    • Danger: They are harmless to humans and beneficial for controlling pest insect populations.

Jumping Spider

  • Identification
    • Appearance: Jumping spiders are small and stocky with short legs. They have a variety of colors and patterns, often with iridescent markings.
    • Size: Typically around 0.1 to 0.7 inches (2.5 to 18 mm) in length.
  • Characteristics
    • Habitat: They can be found anywhere, including forests, grasslands, gardens, and even inside homes.
    • Behavior: Known for their excellent vision and jumping ability, these spiders actively hunt and pounce on their prey rather than build webs.
    • Danger: They are harmless to humans and rarely bite unless provoked.

Take Action

Understanding the common spiders of Missouri can help demystify these fascinating creatures and reduce unnecessary fear. While some spiders, like the black widow and brown recluse, require caution and respect due to their venomous bites, most spiders pose no significant threat to humans and play vital roles in controlling pest populations. By recognizing and appreciating these common spiders, you can foster a more harmonious coexistence with these essential members of our ecosystem.

For more information on pest control and spider management, contact Titan Pest & Wildlife Solutions. Our experts help you maintain a safe and comfortable living environment.

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