North Carolina is home to over 1,500 different species of spiders. They vary in size, color, and behavior. Here are just a few of the most common types of spiders that you can expect to encounter in NC.
Wolf spiders are among the largest found in North America. An adult spider will have a body that is about one inch in length and is surrounded by eight legs that are typically also one inch long. That means that the entire spider can have a diameter that is three inches total. The Caroline wolf spider has a reputation for having an especially heightened sense of touch and sight along with impressive speed.
While most spiders live and hunt in elaborate webs, the wolf spider burrows into the ground. At night, it will come out to hunt insects and other invertebrates. If they are confronted by a predator, their first line of defense is to flee although they are known to stand up on their hind legs and bare their fangs.
Fishing spiders can grow just as large as wolf spiders. They earned their name from their ability to run across the surface of water and dive under the surface to avoid predators. This ability also helps them hunt for insects and the occasional tadpole or small fish.
This species of spiders are also unique because they are part of the nursery web spiders. Females will create a nursery by tying together leaves and placing their egg sac in the leaves. This serves as a nursery that they carefully guard for about a week. After this time, she will use her fangs to open the nest and the offspring will ride on her back until they are ready to fend for themselves.
This colorful and talented web builder is known by a variety of different names and easy to identify by its distinct black and yellow markings. The golden orb-weaver builds extensive webs with a zig-zag structure that runs through the middle. Scientists don’t know exactly why these spiders add this feature to their web. Some think that it attracts insects and prevents birds from flying into the web and ruining the spider’s hard work.
These spiders play an important role in the state’s ecosystem and are completely harmless to humans. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you want them hanging around your home. If you have noticed a spider infestation and eradicating these pests, call the experts at PMi Pest Management today.