Oklahoma Spiders and How to Get Rid of Them

With fall almost here, spiders are going to be looking for warm, cozy homes, like yours, to spend their holidays. Of course, living in Oklahoma (or anywhere, to be honest), this doesn’t seem exciting, and you might want to find out what kind of spiders to expect and how you can get rid of them. Then, you are in the right place! This article will give some insight into the most common Oklahoma spiders and provide some great ways to kick them out for good.

What Are the Most Common Spiders in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma is home to several different species of spiders, all essential for its ecosystem, and most are nonvenomous. However, Oklahoma hosts two of the most venomous spiders in North America - the black widow and brown recluse. These spiders are not ones you want to coexist with, and the smartest option is trying to keep them away from your house. Once you learn the difference between the nonvenomous and venomous spiders in Oklahoma, it is easier to identify what approach will successfully get rid of them.

A Deadly Black Widow Spider Waits in its Web

Black Widow

The Black Widow spider is one of the most venomous spiders you can find in Oklahoma. Their webs tend to be messy and irregular, located near ground level or under a ledge. They are beneficial to get rid of other pests, but a female black widow can attack humans when provoked. These spiders are often recognized by a red hourglass-shaped mark on the underside of their abdomen.

Closeup image of a Brown Recluse, Loxosceles reclusa, a venomous spider camouflaged on dry winter grass

Brown Recluse

The brown recluse is another venomous spider that you can find in Oklahoma. They are nocturnal and prefer dry locations with a snug fit. Unfortunately, their venom can induce severe medical problems such as tissue death because it is necrotic. Brown Recluses are easily recognizable by their brown color and quarter-long legs and generally have a visible “fiddle-shaped” marking on their cephalothorax.

Oklahoma Brown Tarantula

The Oklahoma Brown Tarantula is popular in the southern part of The United States. They are also called The Texas Brown Tarantula or The Missouri Tarantula. Their bites are not dangerous but can lead to allergic reactions or infections in specific individuals with sensitivities. They are brown and hairy and usually found underground; however, they will venture out in search of food.

Oklahoma Brown Tarantula

Bold Jumping Spider

The Bold Jumping Spider is the most common jumping spider in North America. This spider is non-aggressive but may bite in self-defense, resulting in minor pain and itchy bumps. This spider is easily recognizable by its black with white pattern dots on its abdomen and fluorescent-colored fangs.

Bold Jumping Spider
Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

The wolf spider varies in size and color but is mainly known for carrying its eggs on sacs attached to its spinnerets. Wolf spider bites can cause a painful reaction, so it is best to avoid them whenever possible. It is recommended not to kill this spider because its egg sac can break and release more spiders.

Garden Spider

Garden Spiders

Garden spiders are found worldwide and are often well known for their distinctive markings and extravagant webs. These non-aggressive spiders commonly create nests in gardens and other outdoor areas and can help eliminate several common pests in the area. Their webs are robust and orb-shaped and generally pose no threat to humans.

How to Get Rid of Spiders

If spiders have invaded your home, do not panic! It can be dangerous to approach spiders, especially poisonous ones. If they feel threatened, they can get defensive and attack you and your family members. The best way to control spiders is to identify where they are hiding and their associated food source.

For example, do not leave clutter and trash around and look for webs that regularly attract prey. Be on the lookout for cracks and holes in your foundation that could give easy access to many species of spiders to enter your home. If you have any cracks, seal them quickly to prevent more spiders from coming in. If you suspect one of your arachnid guests could be venomous, call Pest Control immediately and let our professionals take care of them!

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.