Spiders are pretty scary, and they’re probably the most feared of all animals. There are some spiders that you really DO NOT want in your house, even if they might help with your roach infestation.  Let’s take a look at the top scariest spiders in the world…

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are big spiders that tend to hunt down or ambush their prey, instead of using webs to capture it. The Carolina wolf spider, which is the largest of all wolf spiders, can exceed an inch (2.5 centimeters) in body length, not counting the legs.

Black Widow

These a truly dangerous spider.  Widow spiders are a group of 32 species of highly venomous spiders and they are found everywhere except the polar regions. Widow spiders are tiny and easy to miss, and that’s one reason why they’re so dangerous.




Due to their very large size and massive fangs, tarantulas are among the most feared spiders. They have a leg span of up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) and can weigh over 6 ounces (170 grams). You probably wouldn’t one of those crawling on your face!   They are venomous, but their bites are generally no worse than wasp stings. To date, no one has died from a tarantula bite.

Huntsman Spider

Like wolf spiders, huntsman spiders are also huge, and the biggest of all spiders (by legspan) is the giant huntsman, which can reach a leg span of 12 inches (30 centimeters). And, like wolf spiders, they actively hunt and/or ambush their prey, instead of using a web.  Huntsman spiders also posses venom, and while their bite is slightly more potent than that of a wolf spider, they are generally harmless to humans. 

Brown Recluse Spider

Like widow spiders, recluse spiders are found all over the world, except the polar regions, and also like widow spiders, they are quite small. Yet, despite their small size, they are highly venomous and can cause even more damage than widow spiders.  If a recluse spider bites you, you’re in for a surprise. Their venom contains a tissue-destroying agent called sphingomyelinase D, which can kill cells and create open sores in the skin the size of a U.S. quarter.