Spiders on Long Island

With over 3,000 species of spiders in North America alone, you are bound to encounter some in your home or business.  For many Long Island residents, spiders evoke a sense of fear.

However, even for homeowners or business owners that aren’t afraid of spiders, these arachnids can still cause distress. One spider can lead to many more, and infestations can prove to be extremely costly.

If you encounter spiders in your Long Island home or business, it’s helpful to be familiar with common spiders hide so you know which ones can potentially hurt you and how you can prevent them.


How Did I Get Spiders?

Loose screens, cracks under doors, windows, and other openings are all possible entryways for a spider. These pests may move indoors while searching for food, mates, warmth, or moisture. Spiders are also many times accidentally introduced inside homes.  They can unknowingly be introduced to the home’s interior via infested items such as plants, firewood, clothing, and other items stored in attics, basements, or other storage areas.


How Serious Are Spiders?

While most spiders are little to no danger, some species can deliver venomous bites that may cause medical issues. In Nassau and Suffolk country, the two most common venomous spiders are the brown recluse and black widow. These are spiders that you want to pay attention to and be very careful if you are to come across either.  Call a certified spider exterminator immediately.


How Can I Get Rid of Spiders?

Your Woody’s tech will design a unique program for your situation and species.  Keeping spiders and pests out of your home is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment.


Common Long Island Spiders Species

These 3 spiders are most commonly found on Long Island:  Wolf Spiders, Daddy-Long-Legs, and Sac Spiders. If you see another kind,  it most likely got a ride from something you brought into your home. Make sure you double-check those deliveries. Here’s a full list of the most common Long Island Spider Species.

  • Wolf Spiders hide in caves and burrows. They don’t spin a web but chase their insect prey. They look almost furry and can be grey or brown. They are most active at night.
  • Daddy Long Legs are the friendly spiders. They are distant cousins to spiders and only have one body segment.  You’ll find many tangled webs that Daddy Long Legs use to catch a meal.
  • The Cellar Spider belongs to the same family as the Daddy Long Leg. As their name indicates they often hang off the ceiling in cellars but also living areas. They don’t bite humans and aren’t poisonous. What’s special about the Cellar Spider is that they carry their laid eggs in silk-wrap.
  • Yellow Sac Spiders don’t make large webs. Their webs are strictly made for sleeping or rearing their young. These tiny yellow spiders can bite. Their bites can leave itchy sores that are slow to heal.
  • American House Spider usually stays away from open areas in your home or business. Is the American House Spider poisonous? No, unlike many believes this Long Island spider species generally leave people alone. They hide in basements, attics, garages, or sheds.
  • Jumping spiders are easy to detect due to their name. They are also active during the day hunting for insects and other spiders. They can be seen hiding in plants. While they are not poisonous they may bite when they feel threatened.
  • Crab Spiders hide in plants and got their name from their look. Their bites can be harmful and painful. However, most crab spiders in New York are too small to bite humans.


Are there Black Widow Spiders on Long Island?

Neither the Black Widow Spider nor the Brown Recluse Spider are native to Long Island. However, there have been claims of these species. Both species are poisonous and can cause infections. If you see Black Widow Spiders or Brwon Recluse Spiders on Long Island, it’s recommended to control the pest professionally


For help with spiders in your home or business, call or message us at Woody’s for a consultation.

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