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House Spiders

Achaearanea tepidariorum

Description

As the name of the house spider suggests, they are a very common species of spider that is found in homes throughout the world. The house spider enters into houses and other structures like garages, sheds, and barns in order to find food sources. Once inside, the spider will build, abandon, and re-build webs in order to catch their prey. House spiders can most often be found building webs in the dark corners of homes in places like basements, attics, closets, and underneath of furniture.

Biology and Behavior

  • House spiders are yellowish-brown in color with an off-white colored abdomen.

  • They have distinctive dark stripes that meet at an angle in a chevron-like pattern.

  • House spiders range in length from 1/8th-5/16th of an inch in length; females are larger than males.

  • House spiders are considered to be nuisance pests; they do not cause any physical threats to humans.

House Spider Prevention Tips

Keep humidity levels in your home low, house spiders need higher humidity levels to survive inside buildings.

  • Trim back trees, bushes and other landscaping away from the exterior of your home. Spiders can hide in overgrown landscaping and use branches to gain access into homes.

  • Inspect your home’s foundation and seal any cracks or crevices that are found in it.

  • Caulk or seal gaps found around exterior windows and doors.

  • Make sure that exterior doors have door sweeps installed.

  • Maintain year-round residential pest control services to limit other insects and pests that they may use as a food sources.

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