Common Spiders in New Jersey

Spiders are beneficial insects, acting as population control of sorts for harmful insects. Some gardeners will purposely place certain spiders in their gardens to protect their vegetation. However, once spiders begin invading the living area that becomes a game changer for the humans in the environment. Even though not all spiders are harmful, most people don’t want them in their homes. Here are four common spiders in New Jersey.

The Black Widow

Black Widow SpiderThe black widow spider is considered a poisonous spider and its bite can cause a painful, even serious, reaction in humans. Its body is shiny black with an orange or red mark on the underside of its abdomen. The mark may look like two triangles or have an hourglass shape. The female black widow can bite through human tissue and inject venom, causing a reaction that is quite painful. The male is unable to do this. While rarely fatal, the bite of the black widow can cause severe discomfort. If you are bitten, the sooner you can receive medical attention, the milder your symptoms will be – or they may be alleviated entirely.

Yellow Sac Spider

Yellow Sac SpiderThis aggressive but non-poisonous spiders are notorious for biting humans. While the bite is not poisonous or harmful, it does cause pain that is often described as an “intense sting” that is much like that of a hornet or wasp.

The body of the yellow sac spider is pale yellow and they are around a quarter of an inch. They spin papery, white sacks of silk, hence the name, and you may see them in corners, under shelves, along ceilings, or behind pictures.

American House Spider

American House SpiderThe American house spider is one of the common spiders in New Jersey. They are the polar opposite of the yellow sac spider in terms of aggression. When threatened, the American house spider prefers to play dead and rarely bites unless he is handled very roughly. They are typically small spiders, measuring about a quarter of an inch. However, they can be as long as 1 inch with their legs stretched out. This spider is usually a dull brown with an almost dappled pattern of varying shades. They are very shy and many homeowners never see the actual spiders although they do see their tangled cobwebs.

Wolf Spider

Wolf SpiderAnother common New Jersey spider species in the wolf spider. These are larger spiders, around an inch and a half, are either black or dark brown and have a hairy or fuzzy appearance. They strongly resemble the tarantula (don’t worry, wild tarantulas are not found in New Jersey, not even close) which can cause some people to be intimidated or downright afraid. Wolf spiders prefer crawl spaces, basements, sheds, and garages as opposed to cohabitating with humans (usually much to the humans’ relief). They do not spin a web, but instead live in the ground where they can pounce on their prey as it passes. Despite its appearance, the wolf spider is not aggressive and typically only bites when it is continually provoked.

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