How to Get Rid of Broad Faced & Black Footed Yellow Sac Spiders in Willow Grove, PA
Most people have a natural fear of spiders and are not comfortable having them around. If you live in Pennsylvania, you live with sac spiders. Sac spiders are known for biting people and will even bite repeatedly as they crawl across the skin. The bite can be quite painful and will burn. The burn will last for an hour or more, then a rash or blister will form in the next ten hours or so. The bite can cause edema, erythema and severe itching. More severe symptoms can include fever, muscle cramps, malaise and nausea. Two species of sac spiders that can be found in Pennsylvania are the agrarian (black footed yellow) and broad faced.
Identification of Agrarian & Broad-Faced Sac Spiders
Sac spiders are about ¼ of an inch long and have eight eyes arranged in two rows. Agrarian sac spiders are light yellow to cream in color with dark brown jaws, tips of the tarsi, and palps. They have a darker colored dorsal stripe running down the abdomen. Broad faced sac spiders are reddish-brown in color and covered with what appear to be tiny punctures. Their abdomen is pale yellow to light gray with a slightly darker dorsal strip. Their front legs are thicker and darker and become thinner and lighter towards the back. Sac spiders do not create webs. They create flat silk tubes and sacs that they will spend the day in. They are active hunters that will hunt their prey rather than capturing it in a web. They are active at night which is when bites to humans become more common as they can get trapped between a person’s skin and sheets, shoes, clothing, etc.
Sac Spider Infestation Prevention
Like most other spiders, sac spiders would rather live without people. They usually wander into homes through openings or will follow pest infestations into a home. They can be found inside and outside your home. Inside, they will be found in the corners of walls and ceilings. You can reduce the population of these spiders on your property by reducing the places they will live. They like organic debris, lawn clutter, piles of wood, overgrowth and anything they can hide under or in. Keep your yard neat and trimmed to keep them and other pests away. Keep your home neat and tidy to reduce hiding spots and to see signs of spiders more easily. Seal all points of entry and repair or replace torn screens. Turn your lights off or replace with yellow bulbs, because while spiders aren’t attracted to light, the pests they hunt are. Use glue traps and natural insecticides, just make sure to keep them away from children and pets. If you find silk sacs, remove them with a vacuum cleaner. Just be sure to take the bag outside when you’re all done.
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