Date Posted: December 10, 2018
There are a variety of spiders all over New England. When the weather cools down, it is inevitable that they will want to get indoors. Not only is it more comfortable for them, but the insects that they find delectable will also be pushed indoors. Homes create a perfect environment for spiders, with warmth, shelter, seclusion, and a buffet of insects to feast on.
Typical spiders in the New England area are the common house spider and the yellow sac spider.
House spiders are light brown and grow to about ¼ of an inch. Their abdomen is large and round.
Yellow Sac Spiders are pale yellow and grow to about ⅜ of an inch. They can be as long as 1 inch.
Less common are black widow spiders. They can be introduced into homes via boxes, bags, and produce that homeowners bring indoors.
All three of these spiders can bite. However, house spiders will only do so if provoked, and their bite is mild.
Yellow sac spiders will bite even if they are not threatened, and their bite causes a painful burning that may be followed by swelling and itching. Sometimes a rash or blistering will occur within 10 hours. Some people may also experience fever, nausea, fatigue, and muscle cramps.
Black widow spiders are known to dispatch dangerous toxins that can affect the nervous system in extreme cases. However, reactions differ in people, depending on their sensitivity, ranging from mild to extremely serious. Many people will experience muscle pain, swelling, and a red lesion within 10 hours. Over time skin tissue damage may also occur.
What to do About a Spider Infestation
If you have a spider infestation in your New England home, you may see obvious signs such as spiders crawling around your home. You will usually find them in kitchens and bathrooms where it is dark, moist, and warm.
Additionally, you will see tell-tale signs such as webs cluttering corners and ceilings, as well as other dark places. Once you have determined you have an infestation, eliminating spiders is difficult. You will need to seek professional help to eradicate them, as well as the insects that have attracted them to your home in the first place.