Arthropoda – “jointed leg.” These are the insects, arachnids, and crustaceans. The arthropod body plan consists of repeated segments, each with a pair of appendages. They are so versatile that they have been compared to Swiss Army knives, and it has enabled them to become the most species-rich members of all ecological guilds in most environments. (Wikipedia)
Why is it spiders spark such fear in so many folks? They are so helpful in consuming other pests. And so few are truly venomous to humans. Here’s a good website if you are interested in common spider myths.
Here in NC there is one spider whose venom has the potential to be significantly harmful to us.
Black widows are beautiful, shiny black, with that red hourglass underneath – usually. At least the girls look like that. The males are typically much smaller, not shiny black, no red spot. You’ll probably never see one of the boys. And they are considerably less venomous. Firewood stacked outside is a likely place to find a widow. Use gloves, and bang each piece to knock off any spiders or bugs before going inside. And why the name, black widow?
Now, brown recluse spiders get a hugely bad rap. There is much incorrect information about these spiders and their bites. The following website includes a map of the range of the brown recluse- clearly showing that they do not occur, in nature, in North Carolina. If you truly believe that you have found one, the website also shows how to determine if a spider is a brown recluse, or not. Six eyes, in 3 pairs. NO stripes on the legs. No spines (stiff hairs) on the legs. Uniform abdomen coloration. “Violin-like” pattern on the TOP of the cephalothorax. More good information will be found at this website.
I suppose, if you’ve just moved from an area within the brown recluse range, it is theoretically possible that one hitched a ride in your belongings and now lives here with you. Given their shy, reclusive nature, that is so unlikely.