Winter is still a little ways off, but now is the time to start sealing your home–not from the cold–from spiders. There are some spiders that lay their eggs before the cold comes, and simply die. But the vast majority will choose instead, to winter in your home, where it is nice and toasty.
If you find a spider during the summer, it is usually because you have something in your house the spider wants. Usually, that is moisture, or bugs. It is not uncommon for a spider to venture into your kitchen, and make a home in the corner, especially if you’re prone to leaving fruit out on the counter or table. Fruit flies are a tasty treat. Spiders will also be lured in by house flies, which are attracted to open garbage, and rotting things. Some say it is good to have spiders around, because they eat other bugs, but we have a slightly better idea: if you keep fruit in the fridge and cover your trash, you’ll reduce the threat of any bugs at all.
As the cold approaches, spiders need no other reason than the approach of winter to breach the defenses of your home. Finding standing water, moisture, and bugs will just be icing on the cake. If intruding spiders can locate a source of water and food, they’ll be happy to stay.
In New Jersey, the most common spider you’ll find is appropriately called the “house spider”. You don’t have much to worry about with this one. Its venom won’t bother you much. It’s just a creepy crawly nuisance. These spiders tend to build webs in every corner of your house. The braver ones will even attempt to build a web in the corner of your shower, because they love the moisture and humidity.
Wolf spiders are much larger, but less common. They require a lot more food than they will typically find inside your home. These are spiders you see on your porch near flowers, plants, and outside light sources. Bugs are attracted to light, and spiders use it as bait.
There are two spiders you’ll need to be wary of, but they are even less common. The black widow, whose bite is extremely painful and the brown recluse, whose venom can dissolve flesh under your skin. These are two spiders you never want to have in your home. But you’re probably okay if you don’t have a wood pile next to your house, or construction materials piled in your back yard. These attract the more dangerous spiders in NJ. Keep in mind that while there’s many horror stories about poisonous spiders, neither the black widow nor the brown recluse are aggressive. They will not bite unless they feel threatened or are handled.
As summer comes to an end, make sure all of your screens are free of tears and rips. Seal up any holes in your foundation or walls with caulking or cement. Check door sweeps. And keep your sliding doors closed. For added protection, and to make sure you are spider free, give ChemTec a call. We can inspect your home and offer safe solutions to keep those spiders out!