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Spiders often evoke an emotion when encountered. In some cases it's curiosity and in others, complete fear.  Regardless of how you feel about arachnids, they are interesting creatures.  Learn more about the types of spiders that infest homes and businesses in New York. 

What type of spiders can be found in New York?

There are about 40,000 identified spider species worldwide. Spiders commonly found in New York include the fishing web spider, sac spiders, black/yellow garden spider, sheet web weavers, Daddy-long-legs, funnel web spiders, cellar spiders, american house spider, nocturnal orb weaving spiders, jumping spiders, crab spiders and the wolf spider.

What is the most common spider found in New York?

The American house spider is the most commonly seen spider in your home. American house spiders can be identified by their large, round, shiny abdomens, thin legs and the tendency to hang upside down in a messy cobweb. American house spiders range in size from 3/16 to 5/16 of an inch.

Are house spiders dangerous?

The American house spider is a nuisance, but poses no threats to humans. Their messy webs found in corners of rooms along with seeing spiders themselves classify spiders a nuisance. Beware, some spiders can bite.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Finding spiders in your home can be caused from openings that let spiders in from outside: Doors or screens that don’t fit tightly, vents that aren’t screened. House spiders will enter structures when outside conditions get too dry or too wet or too cold, and then food and water sources inside your home.

Why are spiders beneficial?

  • Spiders eat pests. Spiders feed on common indoor pests, such as roaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, flies and clothes moths.

  • Spiders help curtail disease spread. Spiders feast on many household pests that can transmit disease to humans –mosquitoes, fleas, flies, cockroaches and a host of other disease-carrying critters.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Thomas Pest Services offers many pest control services to solve spider problems. In order to eliminate spider problems, reducing humidity levels in and around your structure is important to remove food sources for spiders. This will also assist in reducing other pest populations as well.

How do you prevent spiders around your home?

  • Prevent entry into the home by spiders or their food source – other insects. Caulk and block points of entry. Learn more about keeping insects out of your home by reading Winterize Your Home and Keep Pests Out.

  • Keep debris, plantings, trash and mulch from touching your home’s structure.

  • Store memorabilia and seasonal clothing in plastic tubs with tight-fitting lids. Cardboard boxes attract insect pests, which in turn attract spiders.

  • Store firewood outdoors (away from the house) to avoid transporting spiders indoors.

  • Eliminate spider food sources by controlling insects in and around the home.

  • Contact Thomas Pest Services for a trained pest professional treatment to reduce spiders in and around your home.

Spiders are among the most prevalent household pests, crawling their way into two out of three American homes. If your Clifton Park home requires pest control or spider control, it’s best to let an professional exterminator handle the infestation. Thomas Pest Services is your Clifton Park and surrounding area pest control experts offering multiple types of services to effectively control rodent, ant, spider, wildlife and pest infestations. Protect your home, family and heath by contacting us for a no charge consultation today!

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