House Spiders

Tegenaria domestica
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What do house spiders look like?

house spider on a kitchen counter in new jersey home

House spiders are a very common species of spider; females grow to between 3/16th and 5/16th of an inch in length and males are slightly smaller, grow to between 1/8th and 3/16th of an inch in length.

Their body is yellowish-brown to gray in color and they have dark chevron markings on both their body and legs. Their abdomen is off-white in color; the female’s abdomen is rounded and the male’s abdomen is more elongated in appearance.

Are house spiders dangerous?

House spiders are not considered to be a dangerous species of spider, they do have the ability to bite people, but a bite from a house spider rarely happens. Usually, house spiders only bite if they are being directly threatened, or if they are in the process of being squished or squashed.

The venom from a house spider bite is not strong enough, except for in very rare cases, to cause an allergic reaction in a person.

Why do I have a house spider problem?

House spiders invade homes, garages, sheds, and other buildings because they offer them a place to create their webs in and hunt for prey (other insects) in. A House spider makes a web and if they don’t catch any prey in it, they will simply abandon it, and pick a new spot to make a new web in. House spiders like to build their webs inside of quiet closets, in the corners of larger rooms, in attics and in basements.

Can I control house spiders?

House spiders hide in the dark hard to reach corners of your home so the best way to get rid of these nuisance pests from your home is to contact a pest control professional that has the know-how to locate and get rid of them. The experienced pest control professionals at Arrow Pest Control have the training and knowledge needed to quickly and safely eliminate all the house spiders that are hiding in your home through our residential service options. If house spiders have decided to invade your New Jersey home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control today!

How do I make my property less attractive to house spiders?

There are several steps that you can take to deter house spiders from choosing your New Jersey home to reside in.

  • Seal all cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation and exterior walls.
  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors.
  • Make sure door sweeps are installed on all doors; check to see if screens are completely intact and replace any that are not.
  • Ensure that your home's chimney has a tight fitting cap and that all vents have tight fitting covers on them.
  • Trim trees, bushes, and other landscaping away from the exterior of your home.

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