A Guide To House Spider Control For New Jersey Property Owners

March 19, 2021

Spiders, ticks, and scorpions are classified as arachnids. There are more than 40,000 types of spiders worldwide that span all of the continents except for Antarctica. Among the most common types that infiltrate homes in New Jersey are house spiders, which is a term used to describe a few subspecies that include the brown recluse, wolf, sac spiders, and others.   

house spider on a rock

The American House Spider

The American house spider or “common” house spider measures roughly ¼ inch, has eight legs, and a yellow and brown-colored body.  They are cobweb spiders that commonly build their webs in basements, closets, and ceiling areas. Although the brown recluse and black widow spiders are potentially dangerous pests that can enter a home, most house spiders do not pose a serious health risk to humans.

Preventative Measures On The Exterior Of The Property

One potentially overlooked concern regarding spiders is lighting. Most incandescent light bulbs tend to attract flying insects and spiders will recognize this and be drawn to the area. LED bulbs that emit warm colors and yellow bulbs have shown to be the best options for this purpose.
Ensure that garbage cans placed outside near the home have lids that close properly. Spiders often build webs in thick shrubs and they should be trimmed back away from the home’s exterior walls. Firewood should also be stored away from the home.
Look around the exterior of the foundation for any cracks that may allow access to spiders and apply a durable sealant. Inspect exterior door frames to see if any gaps exist and place screening over vents, chimneys, and similar openings. The same applies to windows that are not closely sealed and screens that need repair.

Best Prevention Methods Inside The Home 

Some of the best practices for keeping spiders out include the following:

  • Promptly remove spider webs to deter them.
  • Reduce the interior moisture levels, particularly in damp basement or crawlspace areas by using a dehumidifier and maintaining adequate ventilation.
  • Any leaky faucets or pipes should be repaired.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes out overnight. Leftover food should always be kept in sturdy sealed containers and uneaten pet food should be removed.
  • Trash cans, particularly in kitchen areas, should have tight-fitting lids.

Spiders May Indicate Additional Pest Concerns

Would a spider want to stay in your home if there is nothing for him to eat? If spiders are around, insect prey probably isn’t too far behind. For this reason, homeowners that are recognizing any pattern of spider intrusion should talk with a licensed professional that will accurately determine if other insect problems exist.

Importance Of Having A Professional Inspection

Dozens of products are marketed to consumers as being a solution for eliminating spiders. These include aerosol sprays, sticky traps, natural repellents, and others. While this may help reduce the spider population, they are unlikely to eradicate the problem and may pose a possible health risk to you, your family, and pets. 
An experienced residential exterminator can employ a comprehensive plan that will remove these pests and prevent them from returning.

Professional Residential Spider Extermination Services in New Jersey

Spiders are among the many unwanted pests that commonly invade homes in New Jersey. The team of pest control professionals at Amco Pest Solutions uses their many years of experience to eliminate spider infestations with the safest and most reliable methods on the market. To learn more, contact us today for an in-home estimate.

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