Spiders are arachnids not insects, but both spiders and insects belong to the largest group of animals on Earth, the arthropods. Arthropods are animals with hard external skeletons and jointed limbs. All spiders have eight legs. Spiders are ancient animals with a history going back many millions of years.
Spiders may look scary, but not all spiders are bad. Most are harmless and keep bugs, flies, and smaller insects out of our homes by catching them in their webs. Many people are terrified of spiders and find them extremely creepy, which is unfortunate because they are crucial to our environment. Those that have the strongest venom may not be encountered by humans very often or may even have trouble piercing human skin and so are not considered to be dangerous. Data is usually only kept on bites from spiders that are potentially deadly or cause severe reactions.
New Mexico is home to several spider species. Of the diverse types of spiders, you may encounter here in New Mexico, a common one is the Wolf Spider. Wolf spiders do not make webs to catch their prey. Instead, they wait for an insect to walk by and then chase it down. Wolf spiders will bite if provoked, but their venom is not dangerous to humans. Bite symptoms are minimal and may cause itching, swelling, and mild pain. Another one is called the Cellar spider, which is more commonly known as Daddy Long Legs. These long, thin, and delicate spiders are commonly found in homes and buildings. Cellar Spiders are beneficial to have around because they have been known to hunt down and kill venomous spiders!
You can always call The Bugyman Exterminators and we can always do our best to identify and rid your home of any creepy crawlers!