“House spiders” is the common name for various spider species commonly found inside homes and businesses.

House spider webs do not have a regular shape, and they can be found in many different areas of a home or building.

Common places to see house spiders and their webs are ceiling corners, windows and inside lights or light structures:

  • House spiders may spin webs in many areas of a home while they determine which ones work best for catching their prey.
  • Their prey typically consists of insects, but they have been known to prey on other spiders, small reptiles, scorpions and sometimes even rodents!

House spiders are generally not dangerous.

These spiders do not usually bite, but will strike out if they feel threatened or if they have taken up residence in the toe of a shoe you are putting your foot in! House spider bites are not life threatening; however, sometimes they do require trips to the hospital when swelling, headaches or lesions are present.

How to Identify a House Spider

Is it in your house? Then, there ya go. Just kidding.

House spiders range in size from very small to over an inch in diameter. They are generally brown or gray in color, sometimes with darker stripe or chevron markings along their legs and bodies.

Like all spiders, they are wingless and their bodies are divided into two main sections called an abdomen (large part) and a cephalothorax (small part with head).

How to Keep House Spiders Out of Your Home

  • Spiders love clutter because it creates an easy foundation for their homes. Keeping your homes clear of clutter will minimize their presence.
  • Try to minimize any gaps around the exterior of your home that could make it easy for spiders to get inside.
  • Be sure that screens are not bent or torn to prevent spiders from climbing through the cracks.
  • Do not leave unattended rooms closed off for long periods of time. Spiders will become at home in areas where they will not be bothered by constant dusting or cleaning.
  • Keep storage items in plastic, airtight containers rather than in cardboard boxes where spiders can easily enter.

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