If you own a home in New Jersey it is important to be aware of the creatures that can get into your home, especially if those creatures can harm you. In this article we are going to look at poisonous spiders. Fortunately, we really have only two. Here they are, in all their creepy splendor.

The Brown Recluse (Loxosceles Reclusa)

There is a lot that can be said about the brown recluse, but as we said, this article is focused on what you need to know. So, let’s get right to it.

Identification: This pale brown spider is often confused with the grass spider because the grass spider has markings on its back that can, at a quick glance, look like the violin on the back of a brown recluse. Take note that the violin marking on the brown recluse is dark brown on tan, while the markings of the grass spider are a tan line bordered by two dark brown lines. You’ll also be able to tell the brown recluse by its balloon-like abdomen and long thin legs.

Threat: A bite from this spider can cause necrosis. That means it is able to rot the flesh in the wound area. If left untreated, a bite can lead to disfigurement.

Warning signs: If you’re finding spider webs in a tangled mess near the floor, you may have brown recluse spiders in your home. These spiders are more likely to eat larger bugs that crawl than those small bugs that fly–and they certainly have potent enough venom to take those big bugs down.

Habitat: Brown recluse are reclusive, just like their name suggests. Inside your home, they can be found hiding in stored boxes, in clothing that has been left on the floor, in damp towels, inside shoes, and tucked in your bed. If you don’t have year-round pest control service for your home, always be cautious.

The Black Widow (Latrodectus Hesperus)

We’re going to make this one even shorter–and even sweeter.

Identification: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, like these spiders are prone to do, you probably already know that black widows are jet black and have a big round abdomen with a bright red hourglass on the underside. It is pretty hard to confuse this spider with anything else.

Threat: The venom from this spider can be fatal. Fortunately, in the United States, you aren’t likely to die from a black widow bite, but you’ll probably wish you had.

Warning signs: The web from these spiders can look like those beautiful cobwebs made by an orb spider but, often, they are more of a tangled mess. If it is a black widow spider web, you should find the spider hanging upside down in the middle.

Habitat: You will find these spiders hiding in unfrequented areas of your home and hiding inside boxes. So be careful if you head up into the attic or out into the storage above the garage.

How do I protect my home from poisonous spiders?

Year-round pest control service from a professional is really the only way to fully protect a home from dangerous spiders and other threatening pests. It requires a specialized knowledge and an application of products that only a professional has access to. If you want to seal these spiders out of your New Jersey home, give ChemTec a call. We can help.