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Creepy Crawlers: 8 Most Common House Spiders and How to Prevent Them

You’re sitting on the couch enjoying an afternoon snack. Then, all of a sudden you feel a tickle by your ankle. You jump off the couch and rub your hand down your leg. 

You begin to look around for a sign of a creepy crawler, but you can’t find anything. Now you’re paranoid. Each time you sit on the couch you check under it, on it, and around it. 

Do you have spiders in your home? You’ll want to know the different types of house spiders to know what to look for and how to prevent them from taking over your home. No one should feel uncomfortable in their own home.

If you believe you might have a spider problem, then continue reading below. Here’s everything you need to know about the most common house spiders and spider prevention!

1. The American House Spider

If you’ve noticed a few tangled or messy-looking webs around your home, then you might be rooming with the American House Spider. They’re one of the smaller house spiders and usually have some white markings on their grey bodies. 

Their actual size is close to the size of a nickel, and they carry around a round-shaped abdomen. If you want to go on a hunt for them, look in dark corners. Basements, garages, and under cabinets are all popular places for the American House spider. 

You might also find them hanging out around the corners of windows, trying their best to catch flies or other small insects that might be buzzing by. 

2. The Brown Recluse 

If you happen to find brown spiders with a violin-shaped marking on their head and down their back, then you’re looking at the Brown Recluse. Another distinction between the Brown Recluse and other spiders is that the Brown Recluse has six eyes instead of eight. 

They like to hide out in dark places that tend to go undisturbed. Sheds, garages, and basements are all great hiding places for the brown recluse. They can also be found in piles of clothes on the floor or inside shoes in a dark closet. 

If you live in an area where this type of spider is common, then it’s always best to shake clothes on the floor off with caution and be cautious before putting on your shoes. A bite from this spider is quite serious, and you’ll need to seek immediate medical attention if bitten. 

This is why your home is no place to share with a Brown Recluse. 

3. The Jumping Spider

The Jumping Spider has 300 different species. Each species of Jumping Spider has different colors and markings on it. So, how can you distinguish a Jumping Spider from a different type of spider?

All Jumping Spiders do have one thing in common: their very large two front eyes. These spiders won’t build webs in your home, so don’t be on the lookout for any. They also like to hunt during the day. 

You can spot them during the daytime climbing walls and ceilings or hanging from ceilings as well. They’ll bite out of defense at times, but their bites won’t cause serious injuries.

4. The Yellow Sac Spider

The Yellow Sac Spider is yellow or a beige-like color. They have a dark “V” shape on their backs. This can help you differentiate them from other spiders. 

These spiders build themselves tents to hide in made out of their silk. These tents are where they’ll hide out during the day. You can be on the lookout for the silk tents in order to spot this type of spider. 

Try looking at the top of your walls in the corners. During the night, they’ll leave their tents and go on the hunt. These spiders don’t tend to bite, but they can, and it’s best to have them removed from your home

5. The Wolf Spider

The Wolf spider has 200 different species. Each species ranges in size, but they’re all quite hairy and can be found in colors of black, brown, or gray. Because of these traits, they’re sometimes confused with tarantulas. 

You won’t find Wolf Spider webs as they don’t spin them to catch prey. They hunt down their prey instead. Luckily, when it comes to humans, they’d rather hide from you than bite you. 

This can make them harder to find, however. You’ll need to look in the basement, shed, garage, or other dark places where insects can be found. 

6. The Funnel Weaver or Hobo Spider

The Funnel Weaver or the Hobo Spider is a light brown color, almost a tan-like color. They tend to have dark and light spots spread throughout their bodies as well. They’re a fuzzy spider and have thick hairs on their legs.

They like to spend most of their time outside but can find their way indoors at times. If they’re inside your home, then you can find them inside shoes, clothes, and on the bed. Their bites can cause swelling and pain. 

7. The Black Widow

Black Widows are easily distinguishable from other spiders. They’re shiny black with a red hourglass shape on their abdomen, underneath them. Some even have different red markings up their backs as well. 

This type of spider hides in tall grass, inside garages, and in corners. A Black Widow bite will land you a trip to the ER. You should seek out medical attention as soon as you’re bitten. 

8. The Daddy Longleg

The Daddy Longleg Spider can be spotted quite easily. They have a singular round body and long, thin legs. They’ll spend most of their time outdoors, but it’s not uncommon for them to be found inside as well. 

You can find them close to your exterior doors under the siding or under and around your decks. Their bites won’t cause any harm to you as they’re not venomous. 

Be Wary of These Types of House Spiders

Your home is no place to share with a spider of any sort. You should be wary of these types of house spiders in order to spot them and stop them before they take over your home. 

To prevent any of these spiders from becoming your next roommate, contact Pointe Pest Control

We’re happy to help you with all your pest control needs!

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