House Spiders

What kind of colony do they create?

They build flat webs with a cone-shaped formation at the base. The webs are messy and non-uniformed. The spider waits in the cone for its prey. They build their webs in the corners of houses, behind furniture or anywhere that’s dark and untouched by humans or pets. The female can lay eggs up to 17 times in her lifetime, hatching more than 4,000 eggs. Unlike most spider species, males and females often choose to stay together and mate numerous times in their lifetime. The babies survive the cannibalism of their siblings if there’s a good supply of food around them.

How do I know if I have an infestation?

Look for abandoned webs as they will often build webs until they find the exact spot they like. You can prevent an infestation by removing webs when you see them and by destroying egg sacs as well.

House Spiders Fun Facts:

*They live for 2 or 3 years.

*They held the Guinness Book of World Records for fastest spiders until 1987.

*Around late summer, the male will begin to look for a male and can be seen roaming around searching.

What do they look like?

*Male and females look alike.

*They are brown in color and have lighter spots on their backs.

*They have hairy legs and abdomens.

*House Spiders are less than an inch long.

What do they eat?

Their webs contain no glue. The spider wraps its prey in silk and pulverizes it before eating it. They dine on insects, small rodents, scorpions, and small reptiles.