Seven Spiders To Expect In Albany◀ Back To Blog
April 21, 2016
Surely you have heard of the itsy bitsy spider that went up the water spout, but did you ever think about when this might have happened? Well, if you think about it, it probably happened in the springtime when spiders are brand new, and when they are little. The problem is, these itsy bitsy spiders in the springtime grow into big spiders, sometimes great big spiders that plague us all summer long. So what kind of spiders can we expect to see emerging this springtime in Albany, New York?
Yellow Sac Spiders
Can you guess what color these creatures are? You guessed it. They are yellow. Unlike most spiders, these are unable to spin webs. They are often found on plants in homes where they will use their large fangs to catch prey, but they will also bite humans. In fact, yellow sac spiders are the only spiders in New York that are moderately poisonous to humans, since they have venom that causes itchy sores that take some time to heal.
These spiders are slightly furry, brown or gray, and chase after their prey on long sturdy legs. At night, if you shine a flashlight into the grass, you can sometimes see silvery blue/green spots reflecting. These are the eyes of wolf spiders.
These critters have long front legs that resemble crab legs, but you probably wouldn't want to eat them! These spiders also do not spin webs, but wait for prey to come in close. Most hide on flowers and use their venom to kill flies, bees, butterflies, and other insects.
These colorful spiders have large eyes and small bodies. They have excellent vision, and they got their name because of their impressive ability to jump up to 50 times their own length. NOT something you want to encounter in a dark basement!
Funnel Web Spiders
These are also called grass spiders. These brown spiders build webs on top of vegetation. Their webs are shaped like funnels, and the spiders will sit there and wait for prey to come along.
Sheet Web Weavers
These are so small that they are easily overlooked. Abundant among vegetation, sheet web weavers spin a sheet web over vegetation to catch prey. They wait underneath the sheet for prey to get caught - then they attack.
Black and Yellow Garden Spiders
These spiders are some of the largest spiders in New York and Vermont. They weave a masterpiece of a web each morning so it will always be tacky enough to catch prey. One interesting fact about these spiders is that the females are hundreds of times larger than the males.
So now that you know a little bit about these common New York spiders, you may be interested in how to keep them out of your home. While there are steps you can take to keep them out with do-it-yourself methods, the only sure fire way to keep spiders and other household pests out is to utilize the expertise of a professional pest control company.
Don't let those itsy bitsy spiders turn into great big spiders that can plague your home. Get help from Thomas Pest Services today.