Spiders are one pest that most property owners in Syracuse, New York don’t want to encounter as they can be somewhat terrifying. Also, even people who aren’t afraid of spiders assume that most species are dangerous, but this actually isn’t the case. The majority of spiders in the United States are harmless to humans. While they do have fangs and venom, they don’t have potent enough venom to harm people.

black widow spider in home

There are, however, two exceptions to this. The black widow spider and the brown recluse spider are dangerous to humans. And, even nuisance spiders can still be scary to come across and unpleasant if you’re bitten.

To help you identify the most common spiders in the area and tell apart the dangerous from the harmless, here is a guide to what various arachnids look like:

  • Black widow spiders are jet black with round bodies and red, hourglass markings on their underbellies.
  • Brown recluse spiders are hard to identify, but they are a tan color with a violin-shaped marking behind their backs. They also lack any markings on their legs.
  • The wolf spider is a harmless species that can look scary as they are rather large and have hairy legs. While they do run quickly, they aren’t dangerous. They have a mix of brown, grey, and black markings.
  • The American house spider has yellow and brown coloring, with dark chevron markings. They are one of the most common species in the country.
    Dangerous or not, an influx of spiders indicates an underlying pest issue and should be taken care of right away.

General Spider Prevention Tips

Because spiders are so unwelcome in the home, knowing how to prevent them is important to many property owners. Overall, the best way to prevent spiders is to take steps to keep out their prey. Spiders usually come indoors while hunting smaller pests, so you can take the following five steps to keep these insects out:

  1. Clear away clutter both indoors and outdoors.
  2. Make sure to keep lids on all trash cans and take out the garbage often.
  3. Reduce moisture around your home or business by fixing leaky plumbing and using dehumidifiers.
  4. Always keep kitchens cleaned. This includes sweeping and mopping floors and doing dirty dishes regularly.
  5. Keep pet food stored indoors in airtight containers.

Taking these steps should minimize the presence of pest prey for spiders and give them less reason to enter your home in the first place.

A Few More Prevention Measures

After you’ve done what you can to keep the pest prey away from your home, there are a few more prevention measures you can implement around your property. These mainly have to do with keeping both spiders and their prey out. You can do this by fixing broken screens, repairing holes in the walls and foundation, and installing door sweeps and weather stripping.

Also, be sure to remove any old webs and store firewood in a dry, organized manner at least 30 feet away from the exterior of your house. This is important as black widows and many other species are often found in woodpiles.

The Final And Most Effective Spider Prevention Step

Putting DIY measures in place around your property can help deter spiders, but the best way to keep them away for good is with assistance from Pestmaster® Services. We offer ongoing pest control plans that will prevent and remove both spiders and their pest prey.

Just give us a call to request your free quote or to learn more about our service plans.

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