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Beware Of The Brown Recluse Spider In New Jersey Part 1 Of 2

There are many different types of spiders roaming gardens, garages, sheds, homes, barns, and agricultural areas throughout the United States.  Spiders are considered to be beneficial creatures as they trap (via their web) or hunt down unwanted garden and flying pests report Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals.

The problem is that most people are afraid of these scary eight legged creatures.  The fears may come from the fact that they move quickly and erratically in any direction they choose. They have no problem scaling any type of surface as they hunt or try to escape being hunted.  They can hide in any location that they please and their surprise appearance usually brings about a screech from anyone who encounters it.  They come in many different sizes and colors and it can be difficult to know if a particular spider is a “good spider” or a “dangerous spider”.  To many folks, all spiders are bad spiders that must be eradicated!

There are three spiders in New Jersey that are problematic for residents…the Brown Recluse Spider, the Northern Black Widow Spider, and the Wolf Spider.  Education is crucial with any venomous creature.  Today we will focus on the “Brown Recluse Spider.”

The Brown Recluse Spider is not native to New Jersey and some experts do not believe that the spider is widespread throughout the state.  It has however inadvertently been transported into the state and has been known to take up residence in various hard to find locations.  They can often be found in boxes that were transported from other areas where they normally inhabit.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

The Black Widow…Hanging Out In NJ

The Northern Black Widow is a solitary creature that does not set out to prey upon humans.  Normally found hiding in a dark corner of a garage, shed, attic, or closet, the black widow is not a spider that you will see running across your living room carpet.  Female black widows are easily identifiable as they have black bodies with a red hourglass marking on her back.

Black widows spin sporadic messy looking webs that are not symmetrical and beautifully shaped like other types of spider webs.  Black widows typically hang out in their web, or sit nearby the web, while they wait for new prey to become entangled.  Once trapped, the black widow moves in for a paralyzing bite which will deliver a poisonous neurotoxin to the trapped insect.

Humans become accidental victims of the bite of a black widow when they reach into areas where a black widow is sitting or where the web is spun.  The spider instinctively reacts to the threat by biting the incoming hand.  Once bitten, a human victim should seek medical care.  The poison that was intended for insect prey is powerful enough to cause serious problems for humans as well.  Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to the poison of the black widow. Black widow bites can cause abdominal pain, nausea, profuse sweating, and swelling at the bite site.  The bite from a female black widow spider is poisonous but one from a male black widow is not.

Contact an Ocean County, NJ pest control professional for help with removing all types of harmful and annoying insects in and around your home.