Is This Spider in My Las Vegas Home Dangerous?


a black widow spider on her web

Las Vegas is notoriously warm. In fact, temperatures reach into the 90s almost every day from June to September, and sometimes into triple digits. This means you see a lot more bugs in Las Vegas for longer periods than you do in colder states. Spiders are among the bugs you’ll see. There are a lot of different spiders to be found in Las Vegas, including the wolf spider, the desert brown recluse spider, the cellar spider, the desert tarantula, and house spiders are just a few. 
Three common spiders are the camel spider, the brown recluse spider, and the black widow spider. With so many spiders in Las Vegas, you may be asking yourself, “Is this spider in my Las Vegas Home Dangerous?” It’s important to note that many of these spiders, while not necessarily dangerous, can bite and cause pain or even burning and swelling at the very least.

Three Dangerous Spiders Found In Your Las Vegas Home

Unlike some species of spiders you may find in your Las Vegas home, the brown recluse, black widow, and camel spiders are indeed dangerous.

  • Black Widow – Perhaps the spider most feared and best known. It’s easy to spot a black widow. They are black with a distinct red hourglass on their body. You do not want to be bitten by a black widow. The venom has a neurotoxin called latrotoxin. You would be even less fortunate if the bite comes from a female because her venom glands are a great deal larger than males. If you get a black widow bite, you will begin to feel cold and clammy, then you may start to vomit. This leads to a hard time breathing and, for some, eventual unconsciousness. If you are bitten by a black widow, seek medical attention. It's unlikely, but you can die from a black widow bite.

  • Brown Recluse – Believe it or not, a brown recluse is considered more dangerous than the black widow. It is brown, has a small body, and has very long legs. You need to seek immediate emergency treatment if you are bitten by a brown recluse. Some of the symptoms of a brown recluse bite include vomiting, itching, burning, muscle aches, a high fever, and even necrosis. 

  • Camel Spider – The camel spider, unlike the other two we’ve mentioned, is not deadly. Other names for this Las Vegas spider include sun spider and wind scorpion. They are actually not spiders or scorpions. They are listed here because they do resemble spiders, and while they aren’t venomous, they can bite. Their bite can cause swelling, burning, and a rash. They are not considered to be a threat, but it is easy to confuse them with dangerous spiders. They are beige or brown and they have ten hairy legs rather than eight. Two of those legs are actually sensors.

The two spiders in North America that indeed dangerous from a medical standpoint are the black widow and brown recluse. The brown recluse, because it can easily be mistaken for spiders similar in appearance, is one of the spiders misidentified the most. Bites from these two spiders are rare, but when they occur, they can be fatal.

Strategies To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Las Vegas Home

Let’s face it, dangerous or not, nobody wants a lot of spiders in their homes. Most people would prefer no spiders in their home. Seeing spider webs in your home is an indication that there is a spider or two, or maybe more, lurking somewhere. Some of the things you can do to keep spiders of all types out of your home include:

  • Keeping a clean house. Don’t give spiders a place to hang out.

  • Sealing around the foundation of your home.

  • Fix gaps beneath doors and keep screens in good shape.

  • Don’t pile wood and other trash around your home.

Call the Pest Professionals at Red Rock Pest Control

If you have a spider problem, Red Rock Pest Control is here to help. We will be happy to help you identify the species of spider infesting your home and develop a strategy to eliminate them for you. Whether you're dealing with spiders or other unwanted pests, our pest professionals at Red Rock have the solution you need to battle unwanted pests. Reach out to us today! 


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