Yellow Sac Spiders
Yellow Sac Spider Appearance and Size Facts
Yellow sac spiders can be a garden nuisance and inflict their venomous bite without warning or provocation. Their incredibly aggressive nature makes them a threat if found in your home. Some common characteristics include:
- Distinctive yellow or cream-colored body
- Brown or black markings occasionally found on legs
- Small in size, typically around one-quarter inch or the size of a nickel
- Can have line markings on the abdomen
Identifying Yellow Sac Spiders From Other Spiders
While yellow sac spiders are similar in size and shape to brown recluses, they are distinguishable by their yellow or pale color. The yellow sac spider also lacks the violin shape that the brown recluse has.
Yellow sac spiders are distinguishable from other spiders by their extremely aggressive behavior. Many spider species, including house spiders and wolf spiders, are typically just as scared of you as you are of them, but yellow sac spiders are known to be much more likely to bite. Yellow sac spiders are medically significant spiders for their venomous bites.
Behavior and Habitat of Yellow Sac Spiders
Yellow sac spiders are commonly found outdoors but can often invade indoor spaces as well. They typically make silk sacs where they hide out that can blend into lightly colored ceilings and walls when indoors. Yellow sac spiders are active hunters and can come across humans while hunting in bed sheets or on the ground.
Accounting for a large number of spider bites treated by medical professionals, some mistake yellow sac spider bites for brown recluse bites. Some symptoms of yellow sac spider bites include burning and blistering or rash. Those who have a more severe reaction can experience nausea, fever, muscle cramps, and necrotic lesions.
Signs of Infestation of Yellow Sac Spiders
Yellow sac spiders often settle into the corners of ceilings indoors or under piles of leaf debris outdoors. You may spot their little silk cocoons or tunnels where they hide during the daytime, or you may encounter these small, pale spiders crawling near window sills. Another sign of an infestation could be waking up with unexplained spider bites.
Tips for Prevention of Yellow Sac Spiders
Since yellow sac spiders primarily live outside, make sure to take steps to seal entry points like cracks in windows or doors and gaps in your siding.
To prevent an infestation of yellow sac spiders in your garden or on your porch, be sure to remove debris and items left outside, as these can serve as hiding spots. Clean your home regularly, as clutter can create an ideal habitat for spiders.
Getting Rid of Yellow Sac Spiders
These irritating little spiders can cause pain for those who accidentally come into contact with them. Because of their venomous bite, you must be cautious if you try to eliminate this pest on your own. Many species of yellow sac spiders can crawl on human skin and bite without warning, so we recommend working with pest professionals to control and remove these pests.
Effective Yellow Sac Spider Control Solutions
To avoid the risk of a painful bite, contact the pest control professionals at Hulett, who will perform a free professional inspection and form an individualized plan for eliminating yellow sac spiders. With half a century of experience providing pest control services in Florida, Hulett is a trusted name in spider control.