Your Ultimate New Jersey Spider Identification Guide


The itsy-bitsy spider went up the Hudson River… 

Eight-legged, beady-eyed, and descending from the ceiling on a single thread of delicate silk, spiders make many people’s skin crawl. Despite the well-spread fear of spiders, they do serve a purpose in nature to help control other pests, such as mosquitoes, flies, moths, and plenty of other pesky insects. Some spiders are great, but not inside your home.

In some cases, encountering a spider in your home isn’t a big deal. Scooping up the arachnid with a jar and a piece of paper to deliver it to your garden does both you and the spider a favor. But other spiders have the potential to cause you harm, and it’s best to know what to look for in case one appears on your wall.

Common House Spider

You may not have seen them, but there are probably a few common house spiders in your garage and attic right now. Small, drab gray, brown, tan, or yellow in color, and certainly not a threat, the common house spider attaches its webs to garage doors, in barns, and between window panes.

Hentz Orb-Weaver

If you wake up one morning to see a web stretched across your front porch and close to a source of light, you might have a clever Hentz orb-weaver nearby. They’re very common across the United States and come in some of the widest color varieties. These spiders won’t bite unless threatened, however if you are unlucky enough to experience a bite, it’s often compared to a bee sting. Spiders typically feel threatened when they’re trapped and cannot escape, so we recommend leaving the relocation process to professionals.

Triangulate Cobweb Spider

Pesky cobwebs in the corners of your home might have been spun by a triangulate cobweb spider. This species is found mostly in the northern parts of the United States and is commonly found in and on human-made structures. With a tiny, brown, roughly spotted body, these spiders prey on ants, ticks, pill bugs, and even other spiders. Spiders follow their food so if you’re dealing with other pests in your home, it’s only a matter of time until spiders join the party. A free 20-point home inspection from Greenix Pest Control will identify any areas in and around your home that are vulnerable to attracting unwanted pests.

Rabid Wolf Spider

Despite the name, the rabid wolf spider does not carry the rabies virus. Light brown with two dark lines down its head and one thicker line running the length of its abdomen, these spiders are aggressive but will only bite if they feel threatened. We recommend letting the professionals handle this task instead of attempting to relocate these creepy crawlers on your own. At Greenix Pest Control, we use products and methods that will not only keep you protected, but deter these potentially dangerous spiders from returning.

Black Widow Spider

Arguably the most infamous spider of all, the black widow gets its name from the female’s shiny black body and the reddish hourglass shape on the underside of her abdomen. Males look quite different, with brown bodies and pinkish markings. Black widows often spin their webs in dark corners. The females are significantly larger than the males of their species and are the only ones that are of any concern to humans. 

A bite from a black widow will hurt and can pose a serious risk to the young and the elderly so the discovery of one in your home should never be taken lightly. A call to Greenix will have pest control experts at your home within 48 hours to assess the problem, relocate the intruder, and keep these threatening pests from making a return to your home and property.

Spider Pest Control in New Jersey

While it may be normal for a spider or two to wander into your New Jersey home, we don’t blame you for not wanting them there, especially when you find species that pose a risk to you, your parents, or your children. 

Spiders will follow their food. Whether you’ve got their prey in your home that’s drawing them indoors or they’ve taken up residence in your walls and are coming out to find their next meal, the service pros at Greenix are equipped to identify what type of spider you’re dealing with, remove it from your home and property, and keep others from making their way inside to provide you with peace of mind. 
We service the Cherry Hill, Princeton, and surrounding New Jersey areas, along with many other areas across the United States. Get in contact with us today for protection to keep you and your family protected from the risk of unwanted house pests. 

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