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Types Of Spiders In New Jersey

August 3, 2020

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It’s summertime in New Jersey and that means there are a plethora of bugs to be found inside and out (unless of course, you already have home pest control services). And if there are bugs around there are sure to be predators, and specifically spiders.  If you’ve noticed spiders crawling in the tub, in the closets, and building unsightly cobwebs inside and out, you are not alone. Homeowners in Scotch PlainsMontclair, and throughout our New Jersey service area are experiencing an increase in spider activity and given that they are a pest feared by many, it may be concerning. Read on to learn more about the types of spiders in New Jersey, which ones are dangerous, and what to do if you find arachnids on your property.

House spiders

What house spiders look like?

Though house spiders in New Jersey range in color, it is common to find yellowish-brown to gray ones lurking in and around homes. They may have dark chevron markings on their bodies and legs as well.  These itsy-bitsy spiders grow up to 5/16th of an inch in length, stand tall on eight legs but don’t have the best eyesight despite the fact that they have several eyes.

Where you’ll find house spiders

Common house spiders create webs in areas where they are likely to catch flies and other bugs.  Corners of rooms, basements, crawlspaces, and garages are popular spots to find these arachnids. It is also commonplace to find their cobwebs attached to outdoor lighting, corners of porches, and other areas where they prey are prone to wander.

Can house spiders hurt you?

House spiders in New Jersey are harmless.

Jumping spiders

What do jumping spiders look like?

Here in New Jersey, you can find jumping spiders in all sorts of color varieties including black, brown, and gray.  No matter what color combination, they usually have pale markings on their bodies and legs.  Jumping spiders also have eight short yet powerful jumping legs and eight eyes.

Where you’ll find jumping spiders

Unlike house spiders that build webs, jumping spiders hunt their prey and are what you might call active daytime hunters. They are often found “hunting” in grass and tall, dense vegetation and also inside in areas where they are likely to find prey. Under furniture, in cracks of the floor, and around doors and windows are just a few of the places where you might find jumping spiders.

Can jumping spiders hurt you?

Jumping spiders are venomous but their venom is not usually strong enough to cause a reaction in people.  They are more of a nuisance spider than a threat to health or property.

Other spiders worth mentioning

In New Jersey, there have been sightings of wolf spiders and black widow spiders (click here for information about these venomous spiders) but they are not a major concern in Essex and Union counties as well as throughout Arrow’s service area.

What to do if you find spiders in your home

If you’ve found spiders inside your home, it’s likely that you’re experiencing other pest pressures. You can certainly knock down webs to discourage spiders and seal all cracks that would prevent them from crawling in but the best solution to your spider problem is to sign up for year-round home pest control from Arrow Pest Control. Check out our Home Protection Program below or contact us to discuss your spider infestation. Serving our neighbors since 1973, our local pest control company is ready to help you get rid of spiders!

Home Protection Program

tech spraying foundation of nj home for ants and other pestsService consists of the elimination of your current pest or rodent problem, complemented by both interior and exterior year-round protection of your home, which is inclusive of three seasonal visits. The program covers your entire property including attics, mailboxes, playsets, sheds, and fences.

Pests targeted with Arrow’s Home Protection Plan services include ants (excluding carpenter ants, pharaoh ants and acrobatic), bees, boxelder bugs, carpenter bees, carpet beetles, centipedes, cicada killers, clover mites, crickets, digger bees, earwigs, fabric & paper pests, fleas (inside only), ground beetles, hornets, mice, pillbugs, millipedes, rats, roaches, silverfish, sowbugs, spiders, springtails, stored product pests, and wasp.

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