Date Posted: October 7, 2021
Spiders are probably the most feared pest in Worcester, Massachusetts, but they don’t necessarily deserve the horrible reputation. These eight-legged arachnids are definitely upsetting to look at, and they can seem much more terrifying than they actually are. But, the truth is that most spiders in the area are relatively harmless.
While all spiders have fangs and venom, most aren’t able to hurt people or pets. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s fun to be bitten, and spiders are still unwelcome guests in the home. But, it is worth the peace of mind to know that you’re unlikely to be bitten and even less likely to see any adverse reactions from a bite.
While knowing spiders aren’t very dangerous in general is helpful, they are still difficult to deal with and can be scary to encounter. To help you prevent spiders from coming around, this guide provides you with the information you need to prevent common spiders in the area.
Identifying Worcester Spiders
While it’s true most home-invading spiders in the United States are harmless, do keep in mind the black widow spider is an exception to this as they do have potent enough venom to harm you. You can identify black widow spiders by their jet black coloration and the red hourglass shape on their bellies.
Luckily, black widow spiders aren’t as common as some of the other spiders you’re likely to encounter.
The most common nuisance spiders around include the house spider and yellow sac spider. You can identify the yellow sac spider by its rounded abdomen and light brown coloration. The yellow sac spider is a pale yellow color with eight eyes arranged in two rows.
The Best Way To Prevent Spiders
Unlike many other pests in the area, spiders don’t come inside in search of shelter so much as they come inside to hunt their prey. Because of this, the main reason you’ll end up with more spiders around your property is that you have underlying infestations of smaller pests. In order to prevent spiders, you can address these infestations by following these tips:
- Clearing away old webs and removing clutter both inside and outside of the home.
- Placing tight lids on garbage cans.
- Removing organic debris from around the yard like leaves and grass clippings.
- Removing excess moisture by fixing leaky plumbing and ensuring good ventilation.
- Cleaning up food and drink spills right after they happen and keeping kitchen areas clean.
By preventing factors that attract smaller insects you will also be minimizing the appeal for spiders.
Four More Spider Prevention Measures
Once you’ve done what you can to deter pest problems that attract spiders, there are a few more steps to follow to help deter spiders. These include:
- Keeping firewood stored 30 feet or more away from your house as black widow spiders often live inside stacked wood.
- Sealing up potential entry points by fixing any broken screens and installing door sweeps.
- Checking for cracks and holes around the walls and foundation and filling these with caulk or foam insulation.
- Getting help from pest control experts.
All of these steps can help minimize your risk of a spider infestation but they may not be enough to tackle an ongoing population.
Removing Spider Infestations The Easy Way
If you’ve noticed spiders around your Worcester home already, the simplest and most effective way to eradicate them is with assistance from Big Blue Bug Solutions.
Our team of trained technicians can handle both dangerous and nuisance spider species, and we then provide ongoing treatments to keep both spiders and their pest prey from returning.
Contact us today to learn more about our pest control options or to request a free inspection.