How to deal with late summer spiders

How to deal with late summer spiders

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The end of summer is here, and that means it is spider season. You've probably noticed their webs in your yard and on your home.

Many species of spiders are native to Western New York, and chances are you've seen their webs taking over fences and railings lately.

“We got orb weavers which are the ones that make the big round web target shaped web on the outside of your house. Real big spider sitting right in the middle of it. There are wolf spiders which are the big brown hairy spiders that run across the basement floor. There are grass spiders which make a web like a sheet with a little funnel retreat in one end. Real common on the outside of your house. And there's jumping spiders and sack spiders which make a little where the wall and the ceiling come together. They make a little pup tent and they hide in there during the day,” says Marc Potzler.

Potzler says there is a reason the spiders are busy making their webs this time of year.

"The males, in particular, are looking for a mate. Spiders don't normally live in one spot together. You know, usually they'll eat each other. So they're kind of separate for most of the year, and now it's mating season, and the males are running around a lot looking to try and find where the females are," says Potzler.

Potzler, who has worked for Erlich and Buffalo Exterminating for about 15 years, says while it's an average year for spiders, he's getting calls from all over Western New York.

Before you make that call, there are a few things you can do to help keep the spiders away.

"A couple of tubes of caulk are going to go a long ways. A new door sweep on your door. Maybe a new seal on the bottom of your garage door," says Potzler.

And as you do end of summer yard work, Potzler says to wear gloves because wolf spiders, which are hunting spiders, like to hang out under rocks and piles of leaves.

"They're scary to be certain, but they're there to fill a niche in the environment. If it weren't for spiders, we'd probably have a lot worse insect problems that we do. So my advice to homeowners is if you see a spider out in your yard, let it go. Let it do its thing. If it comes in your house, all means take care of it," he says.

Potzler says he gets a few calls every summer from someone thinking they found a brown recluse spider. Those spiders are venomous and found in the south. He says in all of his years here, he has never seen a brown recluse in Western New York, and it's always a case of misidentification.


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