Garden Spiders in NJ, NYC, and Eastern PA

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Garden Spider Control in New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Delaware

Appearance

What Do Garden Spiders Look Like?
Size: Large arachnids in comparison to other common species, female garden spiders measure between 3/4 and 1 1/8 inches. Males are much smaller and measure about 1/4 of an inch.

Color: Garden spiders have spectacular yellow and black symmetrical markings on their abdomens. The spiders also have white heads and black and tan legs.

Characteristics: The arachnids have eight long, pointy legs, fangs called chelicerae, and pedipalps, which are extra leg-like appendages, situated between their front legs and fangs. Their orb webs have zigzag patterns and can reach three feet in diameter. Webs are regularly found in open, sunlit gardens strung between plants.

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Facts

  • Description: Orb-weaving spiders with eye-catching coloration and size, garden spiders are integral to the ecosystem.
  • Importance: Gardeners especially enjoy the arachnid’s presence because of their feeding habits, which control populations of several pest insects.
  • Danger: Although venomous, garden spiders are not dangerous to humans. Nevertheless, their unsightly, intimidating appearance often compels homeowners to drive the spiders away.

Food

What Do Garden Spiders Eat?
Predators, garden spiders spin vast webs in which they capture:

Unable to internally digest food, the spiders paralyze their prey with venom and trigger the decomposition process by injecting their prey with digestive enzymes, which then allows the spiders to consume the vital nutrients.

Biology

Mating
In the fall, male garden spiders court females by entering their webs. After mating, female spiders often consume their male counterparts.

Eggs
They then produce up to three silk egg sacs containing between 500 and 1,400 eggs each. The spiderlings hatch at the onset of spring, at which point a free-for-all feeding frenzy begins that often results in cannibalism.

Lifespan
The average garden spider lifespan is one year.

Detection

  • Sightings: May notice large and colorful spiders.
  • Webs: Look for their characteristically large webs.
  • Bites: Be alert for bites as they are uncommon and signify the presence of an especially large infestation.

Problems Caused by Garden Spiders

Individuals with arachnophobia need no further reason than garden spider presence to consider the pests problematic.

Bites
Though they are mostly beneficial spiders, the arachnids bite when threatened and are challenging to eradicate if egg sacs hatch within buildings given the overwhelming number of spiderlings.

Intrusive
Garden spiders are most often seen inside at the onset of cold weather as they die in freezing temperatures.

Signs of Infestation

  • Webs: The spiders weave large and unique webs. Finding one in the garden is a good indication the species is present.
  • Habitat: Named for the environment in which most people encounter the pests, garden spiders are frequently spotted by gardeners and others with agricultural interests.

Prevention Tips

Homeowners and business owners can keep the arachnids from entering buildings by using various exclusion methods, including:

  • Make sure windows and doors are sealed by replacing broken or holey screens.
  • Survey building foundations for small holes that give garden spiders easy entrance.

If problems persist, local pest professionals can assist with spider removal.

Tips for Removal from Home

Habitat Modification
Garden spider presence can be deterred by eliminating their favored prey from surrounding areas.

Making homes and lawns less suitable to pest insects inspires the spiders to vacate the premises in search of more profitable hunting areas.

Contact the Professionals
Newly hatched batches of the spiders merits professional help. Call pest control professionals to eliminate future threats and ensure removal is done properly.

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