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What’s The Best Way To Keep Spiders Out Of My Long Island Home?


Long Island, New York is a large island about 118 miles long that juts into the Atlantic Ocean. Not far from New York City, it is a comfortable retreat for many who commute into the big city daily. Many who used the island as a retreat have bought homes and settled on this pretty island. While the island may provide a sense of escape from city life, one thing homeowners can’t escape is spiders. Without pest control in Long Island, spiders of all shapes and sizes may start making an appearance within your island home.

How Can I Tell What Kind Of Spiders Are In My House?

Over 45,000 species of spiders roam this world. With so many spiders in the United States, identification can be challenging.

Four common house spiders in Long Island and ways to identify them include:

  1. American house spiders have a yellowish-brown coloration overall with an off-white abdomen with stripes. These spiders spin tangled webs in garages, closets, upper corners of rooms, crawlspaces, basements, and under furniture.
  2. Cellar spiders’ colors vary, appearing pale yellow, light brown, or gray. They have small bodies with long, skinny legs and hang out in dark/wet areas where they construct irregular webs.
  3. Brown recluse spiders range from light to dark brown with a dark violin pattern on top of their cephalothorax. They spin irregular webs in secluded, warm, shady, and dry areas.
  4. Black widows have shiny black bodies with a red hourglass on the bottom of their abdomen. They spin irregular webs at ground level.

Having a general knowledge of different kinds of spider characteristics is essential since some species bring danger to those inside your home. While these dangers might not be life-threatening, they could make some very sick.

Is It Dangerous To Have Spiders In My Home?

Most spiders aren’t aggressive; however, many will bite when disturbed or threatened. Two of the most dangerous spiders in New York are the black widow and the brown recluse. Black widow bites hurt almost immediately. While they are rarely fatal, they can produce symptoms like high blood pressure, sweating, fever, and nausea. Most people never feel a brown recluse bite, but severe pain and a stinging sensation can quickly follow or show up six to eight hours later. Restlessness, difficulty sleeping, and fever are signs of a bite. People can experience necrosis and dead tissue, leading to a sore-like ulcer that takes a long time to heal. When comparing humans to spiders, spiders are tiny, so determining what you have in your house can be difficult. Since some spiders can be dangerous (especially for children and the elderly), homeowners should call in the professionals at Parkway Pest Services.

How Can I Prevent Spiders From Coming Into My Home?

Keeping Long Island spiders out of your home can get challenging. With some simple prevention techniques installed around your home, homeowners can attempt to block spiders from accessing their homes.

Tips for preventing spiders include:

  • Check things brought into homes, like storage boxes and firewood.
  • Seal siding and foundations with cracks, gaps, and holes with silicone-based caulking materials.
  • Fix leaking drains, gutters, and downspouts.
  • Install door sweeps.
  • Repair or replace screens that have gaps, tears, or holes.

Homeowners who use prevention measures to keep spiders outside are ahead of the pest control game; however, even the best prevention measures fail. When spiders find a hole in your defenses, call in the experts at Parkway Pest Services; we are a great backup!

What’s The Best Way To Get Rid Of Spiders In My Home?

Ultimately, the best way to get rid of spiders from Long Island homes is with help from Parkway Pest Services. Our family-owned and operated company has provided quality pest control solutions to the Long Island area for over 80 years. Our certified pest control technicians use the latest technology and education to provide top-notch pest control solutions for our customers. Contact Parkway Pest Services today for a free inspection, and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Long Island.