All About Those Creepy Spiders in Your Home (and How to Get Rid of Them)

House-SpiderCooler winter weather can bring in all sorts of creepy crawly house guests. Even the most immaculate home is not immune from eight legged intruders, like house spiders. For serious invasions, call a professional pest control service. Before you do, however, know that there are some things you can do yourself. Our friends at Northwest Exterminating offer some basic info on common house spiders that’s good to know.

 

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

House spiders are the most common spiders found indoors. They are usually more of a nuisance rather than a threat.

  • Yellowish brown to dirty white in color
  • Spotted abdomen

HABITS

  • Web sites are chosen just beyond air currents in places like behind doors and in the corners of hallways.
  • If no prey is found they abandon their site.
  • They do not survive long in low humidity homes.
  • Higher survival rates are in areas such as garages, sheds, barns, basements, crawl spaces, and other areas where humidity is higher and there is more prey.
  • They can be found indoors in upper corners, under furnishings, closets, window frames, basements, and crawl spaces.
  • They can be found outdoors around windows, under eaves, and near light sources which attract their prey.

THREATS

House spiders typically carry no threats.

PREVENTION

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the home that spiders could use as entry points into a structure.
  • Use screened windows and doors.
  • Vacuum frequently to remove any spiders, eggs, and webs.
  • Reduce available food.

 

OTHER COMMON SPECIES

  • Black Widow Spiders
  • Brown Recluse Spiders
  • Wolf Spiders
  • Cellar Spiders
  • Hobo Spiders
  • Jumping Spiders
  • Sac Spiders
  • Orb Weaver Spiders
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