Spiders…why do we fear them so much? Spider fear, otherwise known as arachnophobia, is real. Some people are so afraid of spiders that the phobia can be triggered by the thought or a picture of a spider. The presence of a spider in your home can make even the most manly of men run for the hills. Out of the thousands of insects that residents encounter, spiders are one of the most complained about say New Jersey pest control professionals.
New Jersey residents tend to go through the spring and summer months with only occasional encounters with spiders. Once the fall months arrive, spiders seem to be coming out of the woodwork and invading New Jersey homes in droves. Many residents wonder why their home is being infested by spiders.
For the most part, spiders are our friends. They are voracious eaters of insects, beetles, and other tiny creatures, including those of their own kind. In the fall months, spiders are more visible because they are on a quest to consume as much food as possible. Female spiders need additional food in order to lay their eggs which will hatch in the spring months ahead. Male spiders are not only bulking up for the winter months, they are also on the hunt for a female mate.
Of the 4,000 species of spiders in North America, most use poisons to kill their victims. Most of the poisons and the spiders are harmless to humans. Spiders don’t typically bite humans unless they feel threatened. Black widows and brown recluse spiders are the only dangerous spiders in the New Jersey area.
Despite being a beneficial insect, most people do not find spider co-habitation to be acceptable. Hiring a NJ pest control professional will help keep spider population under control all year round.
During the dark ages, spiders were thought to be the creatures that contaminated food and water sources. Back then, people believed that spiders were the cause of the Bubonic Plague, which we now know was actually spread by the fleas carried on rats. For many people, Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, is a daily battle. It may seem silly to some, but Arachnophobia is a common phobia that can cause people to react in mild to extreme ways.
In New Jersey, the wolf spider is one spider that can make you high tale it out of the room in a hurry! New Jersey pest control experts report that there are approximately 125 species of wolf spiders within the United States. Full grown wolf spiders will grow to about 1 ½ to 2 inches in length. They are typically brown, black, or grey and can have stripes like markings on their backs. Wolf spiders are an imposing figure due to their extreme size and hairy body.
Unlike other spider species, wolf spiders don’t spin webs to catch their prey. Instead these ground dwellers will hunt and feed on other insects for survival. Wolf spiders hunt for food during the day and nighttime hours. Female wolf spiders will carry around their large egg sack until it hatches. Once hatched, the newborn spiders will hitch a ride on her back until they are about half grown.
Wolf spiders are shy spiders and prefer to live outdoors, in garages, sheds, crawl spaces and attics. Once the weather begins to turn colder, they will migrate indoors seeking a warm spot to spend the winter months.
The wolf spider is considered to be a poisonous spider, but the venom is not lethal to humans. As with any spider bite, it is always recommended that you seek prompt medical attention when bitten by a wolf spider. You can keep wolf spiders from entering your home by scheduling an exterior barrier treatment of your New Jersey home.
New Jersey pest control experts receive many calls during the springtime months from customers who are fearful of the large spiders that have invaded their homes, garages, sheds, attics, crawl spaces, and basements.
Encountering spiders in general can be a hair-raising experience for both men and women alike report New Jersey pest control professionals. Unexpected encounters with a Wolf spider can make you run for the hills! The wolf spider is an imposing figure. Not including the legs, it measures from about 16mm to 25mm in length. The Wolf spider can be identified by its brown, black, tan, and yellow colors. It’s not only found in New Jersey, but many other states in North America.
During the fall, the Wolf spiders mate. Males die soon after mating and females retreat to various places to overwinter. During the early spring, female Wolf spiders re-emerge to lay their eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the spiderlings are carried on the back of the females where they spend the summer months growing in size. Both Mom and babies will overwinter together, while the spiderlings continue to grow to maturity. The following summer, the baby Wolf spiders will have reached full size and maturity and begin their life on their own.
Wolf spiders can typically be found hiding under stones or logs, but will enter homes or other structures as well. These aggressive spiders are not only quite large; they are also known to bite when handled or provoked. Unlike other New Jersey venomous spiders such as the black widow, the venom of the Wolf spider is not known to be harmful to humans; but their bite is considered to be very painful to endure.
You can avoid a New Jersey wolf spider invasion by signing up for one of the Home Pest Protection service plans at Allison Pest Control.
Humans are not the only creatures that are anxious to say good-bye to the frosty temperatures and snow covered grounds of New Jersey. The cold winter weather is great for keeping unwanted pests away…at least that is what Mother Nature would like us to think! NJ pest control experts report that some insects die off with the onset of winter, some go deep underground where they can escape the harsh New Jersey temperatures, and some pests seek shelter inside NJ homes, waiting for the first sign of spring to make a run back outdoors.
Warmer springtime weather is the trigger for the swift reproduction of many insect species throughout New Jersey. NJ pest control experts warn residents to be on the look-out for the Eastern Subterranean Termite. Once termite colonies have reached full capacity, termite swarmers will venture to the surface from their underground nests to pair off and form new satellite colonies. NJ residents may notice pools of swarming termites in grassy areas, alongside pavement or near the building foundation during the months of March through May. Swarming termites are a sign of a serious termite infestation which requires the expert services of a New Jersey pest control professional.
NJ pest control experts say that other insects will also become troublesome for NJ residents as the springtime weather arrives. Look for an increase in stink bugs, cockroaches, houseflies, bed bugs, wasps, bees, fleas, ticks, earwigs, crickets, lady bugs, spiders, mosquitos, and ants (all types).
Allison Pest Control is ready to meet your pest control needs head on. Each of our technicians is certified by the State of New Jersey and has current applicator license. For expert NJ pest control services in Monmouth County, Ocean County, are parts of Middlesex County, contact Allison Pest Control.
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Outdoors you will find yellow sac spiders resting during the daytime under a silken sac that they create. The protective sac can be found under a leaf, under landscape timbers, stones, bark, or logs. Indoors, these spiders can easily be seen in the upper corners of rooms, ceilings, window molding, blinds, curtains, and behind picture frames. Yellow sac spiders are not only the most aggressive when it comes to hunting insects, they are also extremely aggressive when it comes to biting humans. The fangs of this spider are very powerful and can easily penetrate human skin. Although there have never been any recorded fatalities from yellow sac spider bites, the bite from this spider is quite painful and intense from the onset. It is estimated that there are more bites from sac spiders than any other spider in the United States, and they are most often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse bite by health care professionals.
The wolf spider is another frightening spider that will send many people running by its sheer presence. These monster spiders can range in size from ½ inch to 2 inches in length, not counting their leg span. They are hairy and are typically brown to gray in color. They are a common New Jersey household pest especially during the fall as they are looking for a warm place to spend the winter months. These spiders do not spin webs and can be found hanging around doors, windows, basements, garages, or house plants. Wolf spiders are very shy and are fast runners. They will bite if threatened and bite reactions vary from person to person.
There are two other spiders that are of particular concern. The brown recluse and the black widow are uncommon, but can be found in some New Jersey areas. The brown recluse is about 1 inch long and has a marking on the upper part of its back that looks similar to a violin. The black widow spider is small and black and has a marking that looks like an hourglass on its belly. If you are bitten by either of these spiders, you will require immediate medical assistance.
It is best to stay away from all spiders and instead call in a pest control specialist like Allison Pest Control if you are experiencing a spider invasion in your home or business. Allison Pest Control provides speedy service to Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Give us a call today!
I have a love hate relationship with spiders. For the most part, they are beneficial creatures. They happily spend the spring and summertime gobbling up unwanted insects that would otherwise be damaging my beautiful garden. Outside, they typically avoid humans at all costs for fear of being squished by our shoe or whacked with a newspaper.
These eight legged arachnids range in many different sizes. In New Jersey you will find spiders as small as the head of a pen to big scary ones that will fit into a large butter bowl. Of all the creepy crawlers around, more people are afraid of spiders than any other type of bug!
Most spider species that you will encounter in New Jersey are harmless, insect eating spiders. Although most spiders avoid humans, some will bite and do have venom that will cause red itchy welts that can be problematic. Bite reactions will vary from person to person.
The yellow sac spider is a commonly found spider in Monmouth and Ocean County. These spiders are fierce hunters and are known for their aggressive tendencies. They grow to about ¼ to 3/8 of an inch long and are typically found outdoors. Once the weather begins to turn cold in the fall, these creepy crawlers will find their way into New Jersey homes in search of a warm spot to spend the winter and a new food supply source. If there are insects available indoors, these spiders can easily become well established in a short period of time. Unlike many other types of spider species, yellow sac spiders do not spin a web to catch their prey. These aggressive hunters will instead use their speed and agility to stalk, capture and then devour their insect prey.
Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.