Spiders are creepy, no question – but some species can be dangerous. The good news is that most of the more dangerous species are not native to the Western New York area. Still, spiders can be a nuisance, and many people are afraid of them. If you see them in your home, you could easily want them gone.
Occurrence of Spiders in Western New York
There are thousands of species worldwide. However, relatively few of them are common in Western New York. Most of these species are not dangerous.
Depending on species, spiders can live primarily outside, indoors, or a mix of the two. Only some create webs, while others have other means of hunting and catching prey.
Of the types of spiders sometimes found in Western New York, only the black widow is likely to be dangerous. Easily identified by the hourglass shape on their abdomens, black widow females do have a poisonous bite. However, they will only bite in self-defense.
Your Personal Spider Prevention Plan
When spiders are outside where they belong, they can often be beneficial arachnids, eating many of the insects that humans find most troublesome. Still, you don’t want them in your home. Follow these steps to keep them away:
- Keep firewood at least 20 feet from your home.
- Seal cracks and screens on your windows and doors. Vacuum regularly to pick up small spiders and egg sacs.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels in basements and cellars down.