There are a plethora of spider varieties in New York, but most of them are considered harmless including house spiders, cellar spiders, orb-web spiders, wolf spiders, and jumping spiders. The latter two are extremely large, scary, and unpredictable, but for the most part, even if they can bite or are poisonous, it will not cause much harm to humans other than fright! The yellow sac, on the other hand, can bite, are somewhat poisonous to humans, and may cause an ulcerous wound that may heal very slowly.
There are two dangerous spiders that can be found on occasion in New York: the black widow and brown recluse spider. These spiders oftentimes take rides in or on shipping boxes from other states. A bite from a black widow is venomous and can be fatal to small children or the elderly. Their bite will feel like a pinprick, but after a while, the area will swell and begin to be quite painful. Sometimes these bites cause all over itchiness. Other symptoms are headache, vomiting, sweating, nausea, and weakness. If anyone is bitten by a black widow, they should seek medical attention right away. The brown recluse will only bite if disturbed, inadvertently or intentionally. Their bite will send venom into its victim that can cause necrosis (or death) of the skin cells around the bite. The degree of the reaction can vary from a delayed, slight reaction of a small red mark to an immediate blister that hardens quickly and sometimes develops into a large, open wound that may take a long time to heal. Other symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite may include fever, nausea, sweating, and itching.
Luckily, most of the common spiders in the New York area are not lethal, but they can be rather annoying and cause your home to look unkempt due to the cobwebs they create. Spiders are just looking for their most basic needs: food, water, shelter, and privacy. Many of these spiders can live outdoors, but your home may be infested with the insect pests that spiders feed on, which, in return, attracts them to your home. They can find their way indoors through windows, doors, broken screens, and cracks and crevices in exterior walls and foundations. Spiders can also be brought inside on used furniture and in boxes.
No matter the type of spider, I think we can all agree that we don’t want them residing in our homes, especially the dangerous ones. Every New York resident needs to seriously consider professional protection from all spiders that could find their way into their home. Spiders, however, are difficult to eliminate after they have already infested a home due to the fact that they are very elusive and hard to find. If you need effective spider control in New York, you can contact Parkway Pest Services to find out more about our pest control options and how we can get rid of the existing spider problems in your home as well as prevent spiders from invading your home. We also know how urgent pest control can be and offer same and next day services to suit your needs. Give us a call today!