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Which Spiders are Dangerous in New York?

Most people are not fans of spiders. It doesn’t matter if they are poisonous or not; the majority of people in the United States do not want spiders around. While that is an entirely valid opinion to have, you should know that most spiders are not harmful to humans. Most spiders are beneficial by hunting and eating other insect populations.

We are lucky in New York. There are only a couple of species here that will cause harm to humans: the yellow sac spider and black widow. Read this article to learn how to spot these dangerous spiders. Once you know how to look for them and where they live, you won’t have to panic every time you see a spider because you will know that it will likely not be poisonous.

What dangerous spiders live in New York?

There are only three dangerous spiders that are common to New York. Both have unique characteristics, so they should be fairly easy for you to spot. If you find the yellow sac spider or black widow in your home, you need to take precautions. We go into more detail about these below.

First, let’s discuss each of the two dangerous New York spiders in more detail.

    Yellow Sac Spider

    The yellow sac spider is a New York native. It will have a yellow look to it, and its fangs will be dark. The yellow sac spider is found in every one of the continental United States, Canada, and Alaska. To say that it is wide-reaching would be an understatement.

    Thankfully, the yellow sac spider prefers to remain outdoors. It will only come into your New York home during the colder months of fall and winter. It likes to hide in clothes or on ceilings. It is more aggressive than many spiders, so if you come in contact with it, it will probably bite you.

    Unfortunately, because of its light color, the yellow sac spider can be hard to spot. But, the good news is that its bite is much less poisonous than that of the brown recluse and black widow. People who are bitten will generally receive a small red bump that burns and itches. Typically, the bite will heal naturally in a couple of weeks.

    Black Widow

    There are quite a few species of black widow that can be found around the world. Many are native to the United States, but there are also the European black widow, Australian Redback Black Widow, and even a couple of black widow species from Southern Africa.

    Although the most famous species of the black widow is common to the southern United States, New York has a couple of species that you will need to watch out for in your home. The Northern Black Widow and Brown Widow are all found in New York. Each of these spiders has a potentially harmful bite, so you must know each one’s appearance.

    The Northern Black Widow is black with characteristic red markings on its legs and abdomens. It can be an issue in New York during the spring and summer. The Brown Widow looks similar to the Black Widow, except that its body and legs are mostly brown. This type of Black Widow has the largest geographic distribution of any of the species. It is found in South Africa, all of the United States (even Hawaii), Australia, Afghanistan, Southern Europa, China, Japan, you get the idea.

How to protect yourself against dangerous spiders

Although the yellow sac spider is not as dangerous as the black and brown widow, it is still important that you take precautions when dealing with them. Poisonous spiders in New York are nothing to dismiss. You do not want them in your home as they can cause way more trouble than they are worth.

Professional Pest Control

Thankfully for people in Rockland, New York, there is a pest control company highly experienced in poisonous spider control. That company is Fox Pest Control. We provide free quotes and will send one of our friendly technicians to your home within four hours if you call before 2 p.m. Don’t live in fear of poisonous spiders, contact Fox Pest Control today. Pests... it’s what we do.

Posted on November 27, 2019.

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