When you see spiders in your garden, you may wonder if they can hurt you or your pets. The good news is, most spiders are not likely to bite or cause lasting harm if they do. Plus, they provide natural pest control! Here are a few spiders commonly found in gardens and landscapes:
Garden spiders or orb weavers spin funnel-shaped webs that cover plants or soil. This spider waits for prey to touch its web and then consumes it.
Crab or flower spiders look like tiny crabs. They use their enlarged front legs to stalk or hunt their prey.
Wolf spiders have long, hairy legs and don't build webs. They are often seen running along the ground.
Lynx spiders are active hunters that have spiny legs and a brightly colored body that tapers sharply toward the rear.
Black widow spiders are the only spiders in California that can be harmful to people or their pets. Venom from their bite can cause a mild to painful and serious reaction. However, death is highly unlikely, and symptoms can be alleviated with prompt medical treatment.
Wait, but what about the brown recluse spider? This spider isn't found in California. Yes, really. Read more in the Pest Notes: Brown Recluse and Other Recluse Spiders.
Watch this video to learn more about the spiders commonly found in gardens and sometimes inside the home.