Are The Spiders In My Hudson Valley Home Dangerous?

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Do you regularly find spiders inside your Hudson Valley home? If so, what do you do when you spot one? Do you try to trap and release them? Do you hit them with a broom? Maybe your method involves throwing things from across the room. We do not judge. There are dangerous spiders that live in our area, and without the proper knowledge to identify them, all of these eight-legged pests should be treated as hostiles. We are here today to ease your fear of spiders and provide some options to keep these pests out of your Hudson Valley home.

Why Do Spiders Bite?

Spiders do not bite because they feel like it. The only two reasons these pests will attack are to neutralize their food or to scare off a predator. If you destroy a web with your hand and pick up a spider in the process, they might bite to try to make you drop them. The same is true if you are rifling through storage boxes and accidentally bump your arm into one of these pests that are hiding in the cracks.

Venomous House Spiders You Should Be Worried About

In Hudson Valley, there are only two venomous house spiders that pose a serious medical risk to humans. They are the black widow and the brown recluse. Identify a black widow by its black, 1 ½ to 1 ⅜” long body and its bulbous abdomen which has a distinct red hourglass mark on its underside. Identify a brown recluse by its brown, ¼ to ½” long body, six forward-facing eyes, and the dark, backward violin-shaped mark behind its head.

Is It Natural To Have A Fear Of Spiders?

It is natural to have a fear of spiders, especially if the spiders you are afraid of could send you to the hospital with their bites. Speaking of which, here are some symptoms that are associated with dangerous spider bites.

  • Swelling around the area of the wound
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Weakness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Neurological problems (black widow)
  • Necrosis around the bite site (brown recluse)

One thing we should mention is that although black widows and brown recluse bites have resulted in human death, your chances of this are extremely low. In addition to this, people who seek out medical attention after being bitten greatly reduce their chances of severe or long-lasting symptoms.

How To Deter Spiders

Spiders found in homes in our area are generally not dangerous. This should not, however, stop you from putting in place prevention methods to deter these pests and the insects they invade to hunt. To do this, here are some places to start.

  • Address moisture issues.
  • Seal your home’s exterior.
  • Keep your living areas clean.
  • Reduce clutter.
  • Keep up with your lawn and landscaping.
  • Turn off exterior lights at night.
  • Store leftover food inside air-tight containers.

One Guaranteed Solution To Spider Problems

How long do spiders live inside area homes? As long as homeowners allow them to. To make sure the potentially dangerous spiders in your home are given the boot fast, hire the experts at Pestmaster® Services. We will provide you with quick working elimination for these invasive pests and walk you through some long-term options to deter annoying, dangerous, and destructive pests through all seasons of the year. If you want to know what pest pressures your property is up against, we also offer detailed inspections.

Contact our team now to learn more about our spider control methods and schedule your Hudson Valley property for a visit.