1) Brown Widow Spider
If you grew up in the Midwest, you probably are used to seeing daddy long leg spiders anywhere and everywhere, and those basement creepy crawlers aren’t foreign to you either.
Although those might haunt you in your sleep, wait until you see these next six arachnids.
They say you swallow eight spiders in your sleep over the course of your lifetime.
Let’s hope it’s not any of these!
The brown widow spider, also known as the brown button or grey widow spider, is a cousin of the black widow spider.
It originates from South Africa and you can usually find them in everyday places, like buildings, and also tropical areas.
These spiders can be found in South Africa, the United States, Australia, Afghanistan, China, Japan, Tanzania, DR, Cyprus, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Brazil.
Like the black widow, brown widows have a neurotoxic venom that is just as toxic as theirs.
However, the brown widow bites are usually not very dangerous. The effects of the toxin, which acts on nerve endings, is usually confined to the bite area and surrounding tissue.
2) Australian Funnel Web Spider
Also known as atracinae, this spider is native to Australia.
The bite of this spider is venomous, and could be potentially deadly.
Though they are only 1-5 cm. in length, their fangs are quite large and dangerous.
The funnel-webs make burrows in moist, cool, sheltered habitats, under rocks and in rotting logs, some in rough-barked trees.
Unlike some spiders, they do not build lids to their burrows, so be careful!
3) Black Widow Spider
Talk about too much information…
The black widow behavior is sometimes that of sexual cannibalism, where the female eats the male after mating (hence the name “widow”).
This is thought to increase the odds of their offspring.
However, most of this research was done when the spiders were in cages and the male could not escape. This behavior is not typical in the wild.
The black widows are found worldwide, which is bad news to us all, because their bites are venomous.
In a household, they will live in dimly lit places, like a garage or a dark corner.
Contrary to popular belief, however, you are not likely to die from a black widow bite.
Usually antivenom is given to you for pain relief, which you can experience in your muscles.
Female bites are the most dangerous to humans. You can spot a female by their dark color and reddish-hourglass-shaped markings on the abdomen.
These spiders have very bad eyesight.
4) Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse, also called the violin spider,is a spider with necrotic venom.
They are usually between 6-20 mm and can be found across the United States in states like Nebraska, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.
They range in color from white to dark brown or blackish gray.
Their webs can mostly be found in woodpiles, sheds, closets, garages, cellars, etc.
When in a household, they seem to favor cardboard or shoes.
Although it is unlikely for the brown recluse to bite, when they do, their bites can be deadly.
They may not be immediate painful, but will be over time.
5) Six-Eyed Sand Spider
The six-eyed sand spider is up to 50mm long and found in deserts and sandy places in southern Africa.
Bites are uncommon to humans, but there are serious bites that have caused animals to pass.
6) Brazilian Wandering Spider
Now this looks like something you don’t want to cross paths with!
This spider, also known as a banana spider, is an aggressive and venomous spider found in the jungles of South and Central America.
They are one of the world’s most venomous spiders, but there is an antivenom available, so death is unlikely.