Tarantulas in Arkansas
Tarantula spiders are large, hairy spiders and can be found in Arkansas. They are commonly feared because of their large size and hairy appearance, and although some poisonous tarantulas occur in tropical parts of the world, the bites of tarantulas in the U.S. are not likely to be serious. The venom of these large spiders generally has very low toxicity to humans. Tarantula spiders tend to be more prevalent during mating season, which occurs in September and October.
Tarantula Spider Habitat
Tarantulas prefer warm and dry climates, occupying burrows in the ground during the day, and emerging at night to hunt insects near the burrow. Tarantulas live in dry, well-drained soils in open areas throughout deserts and grasslands. Since tarantulas are typically nocturnal, homeowners may not notice them in the house or yard, unless it is mating season. During the fall, males emerge from burrows during the daylight hours to seek a mate. Although tarantula spiders do not typically enter homes, if they have access, they may wander inside structures during mating season.
Tarantula Spider Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers
When threatened, a tarantula exposes its fangs and puts its weight on its hind legs. If that does not deter a predator, the spider may use their legs to shoot urticating hairs toward their attacker. These are small barbed hairs that cause minor irritation in humans but can kill small mammals. Tarantulas are not deadly spiders, and rarely bite except in self-defense. When a tarantula does bite a person, it is usually because it is being handled or provoked, and the bite is no more serious than that of a bee sting. However, to sensitive individuals, a bite from a tarantula may trigger an allergic reaction, and they should seek medical attention immediately.
If you are dealing with tarantulas on your property, contact your local spider exterminators.