House Spiders

House Spider - Parasteatoda tepidariorum

What do house spiders look like?

The American house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum) are light brown to a reddish brown in color. The colors can vary greatly from one spider to the next. The American house spider is similar in shape to a widow spider and between 3/16 – 5/16 inches long. The female is typically larger than the male. The American house spider has 8 eyes but poor vision, only being able to see about 3 – 4 inches. 

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Are house spiders dangerous?

The American house spider is easily scared and may bite if cornered, scared, or squished. Luckily the bite from an American house spider does not pose any harm to humans except in rare instances where someone has an allergic reaction. American house spiders actually feed on other insects and spiders. Some would consider them a beneficial spider. 

American house spider habitat.

American house spiders created a tangled web or cobweb in random locations. If the chosen location does not provide any food then it will leave it and make a new one in another location. Usually, these webs can be found under or behind furniture, upper corners of rooms, closets, basements, crawlspaces, corners of windows and other places they feel safe. You are more likely to find old cobwebs than an actual American house spider. 

American house spiders are more often found in sheds, garages, barns, warehouses and storage buildings usually near doors that are open a lot. 

How do I get rid of Amercian house spiders?

Use a vacuum to remove cobwebs and spiders from room corners and windows. It can be difficult to find every spot an American house spider may hide. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control technicians have been trained to treat for and prevent American house spiders as well as other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program. 

How can I prevent American house spider problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any pharaoh ant problems in your home. 

  • Seal up cracks in the foundation or basement, use caulking to seal up around windows and doors.  
  • Make sure screens on windows and doors do not have holes in them. 
  • Lower humidity levels in the home should help keep insects that could be a food source out of the home. 

If you suspect an American house spider problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.

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