What You Ought To Know About Spiders In Western Massachusetts

Spider crawling in a sink.

The types of spiders that are common in Western Massachusetts typically don’t pose a health danger to humans or pets. That’s the good news. However, if you have a fear of spiders or just dislike the webs they leave behind in your home, the relative lack of danger from our local spiders probably isn’t all that important to you. You just want them gone.

Fortunately, the experts at American Pest Solutions know how to keep spiders away. Our Western Massachusetts pest control professionals have plenty of proven techniques that work for controlling any spiders that make their way inside your house.

Types Of Spiders: A Guide To The Most Common Species

In Western Massachusetts, we have a few spider species that other areas of the country don't have. New England spiders can be significantly different from spiders in South Florida or New Mexico, for example.

Some of the most common spiders you’ll find in Western Massachusetts include the following:

  • Fishing spiders are large spiders that typically remain near bodies of water.
  • Grass spiders create small, funnel-shaped webs in the yard.
  • House spiders are known for making large, sticky webs indoors.
  • Jumping spiders are little spiders that can quickly jump over large distances.
  • Orb weavers will commonly make webs in your yard.

Wolf spiders are long-legged spiders that aggressively hunt insects rather than build webs.

Although it is not common to find venomous spiders in Western Massachusetts, it is possible that you may see either a brown recluse or a black widow spider. These are the only two venomous spiders found in our area. If you believe you have a venomous spider on your property, don’t try to handle it yourself. Call our experts for help with identification and elimination.

Is It Okay To Let Spiders Live In Your House?

Most common house spiders in Massachusetts are harmless, so you may wonder whether you need to take any action to eliminate them. Removing spiders is a good idea because the webs they create attract dust, which can spark allergies. Cobwebs in the corners of your walls and ceilings can make the house look dirty, too. Additionally, some common house spiders do bite if threatened, which can be painful and can cause itching.

Potentially, the biggest problem with having spiders in your home is that the presence of the spiders probably means you have other insects that you may not want. Spiders move into places where the insects they eat are plentiful.

Preventing Spiders In Your Home: Tips And Tricks

Convincing spiders to leave your home can be problematic. The best idea is to keep them out of your home in the first place. Some tips for keeping spiders out include the following:

  • Knock down spider webs whenever you see them.
  • Remove areas of moisture that draw insects and spiders.
  • Turn off lights at night that draw insects.
  • Seal noticeable gaps that spiders could use to gain entry.
  • Reduce the number of houseplants you have.
  • Don’t leave fruit out, especially fruit that is overripe.

Once our team controls your spider problem, use these preventive tips to make sure the spiders don’t return.

Professional Pest Control: A Great Way To Keep The Spiders Away

Spiders are great to have outdoors, as they can capture and eliminate many kinds of insects people don’t like. But when they move inside your home, you may be interested in how to get rid of spiders.

When you call our team at American Pest Solutions, we will do an inspection of your property and home to figure out the level of spider infestation that you may have. We then put together a plan to control them. We can provide advice and can schedule return visits to make sure the spiders don’t invade your home again.

For a free evaluation of your spider problem, contact us today.