Many of us that live in Puyallup, Washington, and the Seattle area are not very fond of spiders. These creepy crawlers are often the thing of nightmares and send even the bravest of us scurrying out of the room. Some of the fear is warranted, as certain species of spiders do have venomous bites that can cause serious problems.

Below are five of the most common types of spiders in Washington State and how you can quickly identify them.

Black Widow Spider

The most infamous of all spiders is the black widow. The female black widows are easily identifiable by their shiny black color and the signature red marking on their belly that looks like an hourglass. They are about a half-inch in length.

Black widows prefer to live in dark and undisturbed locations. You will typically find them outside in woodpiles, bales of hay and down in water meter boxes. If they make their way inside your home, they like little-used areas of your basement, garage, or crawl spaces.

While their bites are venomous, they typically will only bite in self-defense. Most people just experience mild symptoms, but the bites can cause serious health issues and should be checked by your doctor first.

Yellow Sac Spider

Contrary to their name, these garden dwelling spiders are not always yellow in color. They are active night hunters and may make their way from your garden into your home in search of food. Once inside they use their excellent climbing skills to make their way up your walls to your ceiling.

They also will bite humans out of self-defense, and their bite is often painful, like a bee sting. The bite will turn red and be painful but will go away in a few days.

Hobo Spider

These shy spiders are dark brown and grow to be about an inch long. They are not aggressive biters and will most likely scurry away from you if disturbed. Hobo spiders will spin funnel-shaped webs in cracks and try to lure their prey in to catch them.

Cellar Spider

As their name suggests, these pale yellow or light brown colored spiders will set up shop in your basements or crawl spaces. They are not biters and are typically nothing more than just a nuisance.

Wolf Spider

Perhaps the scariest looking are the large Wolf spiders. These solitary creatures are colored with black, brown, and grey patterns resembling a wolf hide. They rarely come indoors, and bites from these spiders are extremely rare.

If you want to rid your home of any of these spiders, then seek professional extermination help from Whitworth Pest Solutions.