This spider's bite - sometimes fatal - is the most serious
of any insect on this continent. It has an "hour
glass" shaped mark (red, orange, or yellowish) on the
underside of the abdomen - this mark may be irregular
or even spot-like in appearance. The web is an irregular
criss-cross of strands, which are remarkably strong and
appear almost like a cloth.
|| BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER
The name "Brown Recluse" indicates both the color
and the habits of the species. The color varies from a
light fawn to a very dark brown. Just behind the eyes
of the Brown Recluse, a broad dark fiddle-shaped band
extends back to the end of the head and thorax. This
mark distinguishes it from other common brown spiders, thus
giving it the common name "Fiddle Spider".
This spider likes to hide in closets and basements,
especially in storage areas which are seldom
disturbed. Its bite can cause a serious, or
occasionally, a dangerous condition, whereby the skin tissue
atrophies or dies leaving a hole or nasty looking
scar. They are quite common in midwest homes and
This is one of the
common spiders. Wolf spiders can be quite large and
often cause fear because of their size. The
wolf spider is commonly found in moist areas,
usually around foundations. Their color can
vary from grey to brown, black or tan with dark
brown or black markings & this spider can be
Ants feed upon practically everything eaten by
humans, as well as on many other things. A most
persistent household pest, the ant usually enters the home
at thresholds, baseboards, windows, beneath siding and
through cracks and crevices.
These pests may infest flour, cereal, feed on wallpaper and
nibble on the glue in book bindings. Silverfish also eat rayon, cotton, linen and
other vegetable fibers, particularly if they are starched.
They are a very destructive insect.
A form of roach which thrives in damp dark places such as
the basement, around sewer pipes, underneath the sink, in
cracks and crevices. This bug seems to prefer filth; however, it will thrive whereever food is available.
It breeds rapidly. Also known as an oriental roach.
Cockroaches occur most commonly in the kitchen - and are
found in and around the sink, in cabinets, beneath the sink,
stove, refrigerator, and under linoleums - as well as other
parts of the home. They come out at night, however,
when heavy infestation occurs they may appear during the
A cricket in the thicket is pleasant. In the home,
they're a real pest for they eat holes in paper, woolens,
furs, and cottons. The cricket causes much destruction often credited to the
This cricket is found in cool, damp areas, such as under
logs or stones, and in crawl spaces, basements, and
the garage. They are light tan to dark brown in color,
1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long with a hump-back appearance.