Along came a spider

North America is home to more than 4000 types of spiders and with the cold weather settling in, a lot are chasing the bugs that are seeking warmth to overwinter. It’s likely you may not see them, but their work, a spider web.

Spiders are generally good insects in that they tend to eat a lot of the bugs we really don’t want around. I was in a house inspecting for a carpenter ant nest one time. The homeowner identified a bunch of dead ants on the rug at the front door. She would vacuum it up, and the next day there would be more. Turns out, a spider had set up a web in the skylight above that rug and the ants coming from an attic nest were getting caught in the web. When the spider was finished feeding, it was dropping the ant from the web to make room for another catch.

There are 3 known poisonous spiders in New Hampshire: The Black Widow, the Brown Recluse, and the Broad-Faced Sac Spider. Bites are not common however, but it’s good to be on the lookout nonetheless.


Spiders are particularly difficult to control compared to other insects. They do not groom like other insects, so the standard products and methods may not always produce similar control. Because of this, they require specific attention and strategies to control them. If you are finding more spiders than you can tolerate, call us for a free estimate. We can help. We want to make a positive difference in others’ lives.