What do spiders look like?

While all spiders have eight legs, their coloring and size vary by species. Here in New York, wolf spiders, jumping spiders and house spiders are the arachnids we encounter. On occasion, brown recluse spiders and black widows (both poisonous spiders) may find themselves transported to our region.


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Are spiders dangerous?

Short answer: yes and no. Really it depends on the type. Wolf spiders may bite but their venom is usually harmless. Brown recluse and black widows have the potential to be very dangerous but again, they aren’t typically a problem for New Yorkers. House spiders are considered harmless however their habit of creating and abandoning unsightly webs all over your home could prove annoying.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders may head indoors when the weather becomes unfavorable to them. They’re also transported on firewood, storage boxes, and produce from the grocery store as well as other items.

How do I get rid of spiders?

Though spiders are beneficial in their natural environment, you don’t want them in your home. Contact our Albany pest control company if you have a spider problem in your home or business. We offer both commercial pest control and residential pest control in Albany as well as in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

Spider prevention tips

To keep spiders out, try implementing these spider prevention tips:

  • Inspect store-bought food for pests that don’t want to stay at the grocery store.

  • Seal off any potential entry points including torn screen, cracks in the foundation, and gaps around doors and windows.

  • Reduce harborage sites (i.e. clear away clutter in storage spaces and remove yard debris)

  • Shake off firewood before bringing inside and refrain from storing large amounts of wood in the house at any given time.

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