spider in a household sink in franklin lakes

What are spiders?

The most common spider species in the New Jersey area are harmless, beneficial, insect-eating house and wolf spiders. The black widow and brown recluse are the only dangerous spiders in New Jersey and New York, but are rarely seen in our area.

House spiders have small, brown to gray colored bodies, are less than 1/3 of an inch long with very long legs. They spin thin, asymmetrical webs in dark, damp indoor areas such as basements, where they feed on the small insects they trap in their webs.

Wolf spiders are large (1 1/2 inches), hairy, dark brown to black spiders that resemble the tarantulas that are native to tropical regions. Harmless to humans, wolf spiders live outdoors, but may wander into dark basements, crawl spaces or garages. These hunters feed on other insects and do not spin webs.

Brown recluse spiders have brown, 5/8 of an inch long bodies with a distinctive, dark fiddle-shaped marking on their backs. This spider is not native to New Jersey, but can be transported into the state. Brown recluse are night hunters who feed on insects and hide during the day in silken nests, built in undisturbed areas such as behind furniture, closet corners, inside shoes and in outdoor wood piles. This spider will attack when provoked and their venomous bite does require medical attention especially in children or the elderly.

Black widow spiders are shiny, black, about 3/8 of an inch in diameter, with a distinctive red hour-glass marking on their backs. They feed on insects caught in webs spun near ground level in dark corners of garages, electrical boxes and wood piles. Black widow bites are extremely painful and can be dangerous especially in children or the elderly.

Why do I have them?

Spiders prefer to live outdoor, but will move indoors when the conditions become too harsh outside, such as when the temperatures start to drop early in fall. By nature, spiders like dark, secluded areas such as basements, garages and crawl spaces, where there maybe an ample amount of food.

Are they dangerous?

Spiders are known to bite humans if threatened; fortunately, venomous spiders are not commonly spotted in New Jersey and so if you are bitten by a spider, a trip to the emergency room may not be required.

How can I get rid of spiders?

Spiders are very practical and usually will only enter your property if there is an easy means of doing so. It may be difficult to control spider populations inside your home because of their shy nature, but you can keep shrubs and trees trimmed away from the exterior of your home as well as seal any holes or cracks around doors, windows and basements to reduce any potential entry points. If those do-it-yourself attempts fail, contact ChemTec Pest Control. A ChemTec pest professional will design a customized spider control program that fits the specific needs of your property with the goal of eliminating the spider population in your home.

Can I do it myself?

Due to their plethora of hiding places, spiders are not a pest many homeowners have much success eliminating on their own. Many do-it-yourself remedies to rid your property of spiders simply do not work as the materials they use are not effective. Remember – if misused or mixed improperly, do-it-yourself pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The pest professionals at ChemTec Pest Control will first correctly identify what species of spider is invading your home or business and then create a treatment plan that will eliminate your pest problem quickly and in an environmentally responsible manner. Before any treatments begin, our inspectors will consult with you regarding your children, pets and gardens and then based on your current situation, they will customize a treatment plan specifically for you.

How soon can you get here?

ChemTec Pest Control is committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

What is the guarantee?

Our guarantee is simple: if you are not completely satisfied, we will give you your money back. If you have a problem with the pest after our services, just call us and we will come back to re-treat for the pest at no additional charge within the warranty period. We want all of our customers to be completely satisfied with our services and we will always work towards that goal. Please visit Our Guarantee page for more information.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems, including spider problems, can be difficult to prevent so many of our customers choose a continuous Protection Program to help guard against future infestations of spiders.

Where does ChemTec Pest Control service?

ChemTec provides service in Saddle Brook, Franklin Lakes, Paramus, and throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union Counties in New Jersey. We also provide service to Rockland and Orange Counties in New York.

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