Identifying Dangerous Spiders In Your Home

Posted by brainjmedia03 on Friday, November 3, 2017


Easily the most feared of the household pests, spiders of the northwest are by and large, quite harmless. Spiders, in many ways, are our friends; capturing invasive pests like mosquitos, moths, and flies in their webs before they can wreak havoc on homes. There are, however, a few species of spiders that, while uncommon to the Portland metro area, are dangerous and should be immediately removed from any areas that see human interaction.


Hobo spiders are poisonous spiders common to the Pacific Northwest, though sightings are rare. Hobo spiders can be identified by their large brown bodies, dark brown markings on their back and their unique funnel webs.  Easily mistaken for the Giant House Spider, if you locate one on your property and can’t tell the difference, contact Wildwoods.

Black Widow

Black Widow spiders are even rarer than Hobos, but far more easily identifiable. Look for a small, bulbous, shiny black body with the telltale red hourglass shape hidden on the underbelly.

Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse spiders are very uncommon in the Pacific Northwest and if you do encounter one, it’s likely because it has played stowaway in someone’s luggage. Identify these by looking for the violin shape on their back.

If you find any of these poisonous spiders in your vicinity, contact Wildwoods Pest Control immediately for safe, immediate action. Learn more about our spider pest control services.

We are a local, family-owned pest control & exterminator company offering service to the following areas: Corbett OR, Beaverton OR, Clackamas OR, Estacada OR, Gresham OR, Portland OR, Sandy OR, Vancouver WA, and Welches OR. We would love the opportunity to serve you.

Call us at 971-219-6681 for a free inspection.


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