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Spider Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Spiders In Syracuse, New York

Spiders are important predators that help control insect populations that can harm us, our structures, and the crops we rely on for food. While spiders are vital to the ecosystem, they don't belong, taking over our indoor spaces. To help keep spiders out of your Syracuse home, learning about their common behaviors, preferred habitats, and things that attract them is helpful. Use our pest guide to limit spider activity on your property and learn more about pest control services in Syracuse.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spiders

What are spiders?

Spiders are arachnids and have eight legs and two body segments. They also have fang-like mouthparts and many eyes, and they produce venom and silk.

Two of the most common spiders in Syracuse to find their way to our properties are the house spider and the wolf spider.

House spiders are brown or yellowish-brown spiders with spherical (female) or elongated (male) bodies and white chevron markings on their abdomen and legs. They are web-building and are responsible for the tangled webs you find throughout your home.

The wolf spider is a large, dark brown spider with a stocky body that is usually covered in hair and has long, spiny legs. These spiders don't build webs; they rest in burrows that they create under things. Wolf spiders are active hunters, chasing down and physically capturing their prey.

House spider crawling on an arm

Are spiders dangerous?

The spider's less-than-cuddly appearance, quick movements, and ability to bite make it so most people naturally fear spiders. But did you know that most spiders are naturally shy and reclusive? They want nothing to do with large predators like people and do their best to stay hidden from our view.

While spider bites do occur, they are typically accidental. Spiders bite to stop themselves from being squished. In most cases, spider bites won't cause long-lasting symptoms as most spiders in the United States do not produce venom potent enough to harm people.

Why do I have a spider problem?

Spiders are arachnids and, unlike many other common household pests like ants, spiders are not social. Like most predators, spiders are mainly solitary, relying on themselves to find appropriate food and shelter. Though spiders don't work together as a group, as long as prey is plentiful and there are water sources and areas of shelter, large populations of spiders can live in the same general area. If your property provides them with plenty of insects to eat, you are likely to see an increase in the spider population.

Where will I find spiders?

Spiders live outside in various habitats; unfortunately, our Syracuse backyards provide many different kinds of spiders with the perfect place to call home. Outside spiders live wherever insects gather, like gardens, trees, grassy areas, trash cans, exterior lights, and outdoor eating areas.

While spiders prefer to live outside, they regularly invade human structures like our sheds, garages, and houses. If you are dealing with an insect infestation within your home, it is natural for spiders to be present. Spiders won't hesitate to follow their insect prey indoors. They also move indoors because our homes offer them a safe, dry place to lay their eggs.

Once spiders are inside, if their needs are being met, they usually won't be in any hurry to go back outside.

How do I get rid of spiders?

If you are tired of finding spiders crawling throughout your Syracuse home, Gannon Pest Control can help. Our professionals are committed to our customers and solving your unique pest control needs through our comprehensive pest control solutions. We understand that there is no cookie-cutter solution for pest problems, and we work with each of our customers to ensure your family's and property's needs are met.

After contacting us, we will react quickly and perform an inspection to learn where spiders are active and provide effective treatments to eliminate your current spider infestation. Then by implementing our seasonal or annual preventative services, you can ensure spiders won't take over your home in the future. Call today for more information about home pest control and commercial pest control in Syracuse.

How can I prevent spiders in the future?

The best way to prevent spiders in New York from regularly entering your home is to block or repair their most common entry points. The following tips will help you to stop spiders from easily traveling into your home. 

  • Install door sweeps.
  • Place weather-stripping around all doors and windows.
  • Repair torn or loose screens in doors and windows.
  • Use caulk to seal spaces in your home's foundation.
  • Use expandable foam to seal spaces around wires, cables, and pipes entering your home.
  • Keep screens over drains and vents and caps on chimneys.

Don't hesitate to call us for more information about spider control and prevention. We are here to exceed your pest control expectations.

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