There are about 3,000 species of spiders found in North America. Some spiders like warm dry environments such as attics, air vents, and room corners. Other spiders like moisture-rich environments like crawlspaces, basements, and areas near plumbing. No matter what environment they prefer, all spiders like to hide in dark places.
They are nocturnal predators which means they hunt for prey at night. Their diet consists of insects, spiders and other small prey. They inject their prey with venom to paralyze or kill it for consumption. Once subdued, they inject their prey with a pre-digestive fluid. Once this fluid begins the digestive process they suck the fluid back out. Many types of spiders can survive for a week up to a few months without a meal.
Brown Recluses and Black Widows are the two venomous spiders found in Oklahoma that are harmful to humans. Please visit their designated pages for more specific information on these dangerous spiders.