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Poisonous Spiders in Georgia

Information about dangerous and venomous spiders found in Atlanta


Creepy, crawly spiders aren't usually dangerous, but there are a few spiders in Georgia that can be poisonous. Common types of poisonous spiders found in the Atlanta area include the Brown Recluse Spider and the Black Widow. If you have a spider bite or see a spider around your home, check to be sure it isn't harmful.

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown recluse spiders can be found in the northwest portion of Georgia and throughout other Southern and Midwestern states.They are characterized by a fiddle-shaped marking on the cephalothorax. They prefer dark, undisturbed places. Brown Recluse spiders typically only strike when provoked or trapped, and do not attack humans (read about other Brown Recluse myths here).

Brown Recluse bites may require medical attention*, but usually are not as dangerous as many people believe. Most legions will heal on their own, but it is never a bad idea to seek advice from a doctor. If possible, bring the spider with you so that the bite can be properly diagnosed.

Black Widow Spider

The Black Widow spider is probably one of the most familiar types of spiders, and have a bad reputation for being poisonous (and even deadly). They typically have a familar hourclass shape on their body. They can be found in crevices, rock piles, logs and other small indoor spaces. They will typically react quickly by biting if you touch them or their web.

Bites cause localized pain and if you are bitten, you should seek medical attention.*

*Please note that this advice is not supplied by a medical professional and is meant as a general guideline only. See more information about spider bites.

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